Florida RV Park Owner Opens Nature Trails to Public

August 18, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment


Forest trail through Sanlan RV Park in Lakeland, Fla.

Forest trail through Sanlan RV Park in Lakeland, Fla.

For years residents of Sanlan RV Park in Lakeland, Fla.,  have enjoyed wandering along miles of trails ideal for wildlife viewing.

Now the public can do the same, according to the Lakeland Ledger.

The 7.5-mile trail network that winds around the edge of Bramble Ridge Golf Course, through a nature sanctuary and along the edge of Banana Lake, opened this month, said Garry Hoffman, the park’s manager.

Hoffman said park owner Ed Holloway came up with the idea because it involved an area he never plans to develop anyway.

Hoffman said a grand opening is planned for about Oct. 1, the 37th anniversary of the RV park’s opening.

During a tour of the trail, Hoffman points out the variety of the terrain, from hills overlooking parts of the golf course and the lake to shaded secluded spots.

“This is my favorite spot,” he said, as he pauses at a spot that overlooks Stahl Lake, also known as the Banana Lake North Pit.

Wildlife along the trail is varied. Hoffman’s reports seeing coyotes, bobcats and raccoons.

Residents have compiled a bird list consisting of 119 species, including a few uncommon species such as the Baltimore oriole, roseate spoonbill and wild turkey.

Butterflies – swallowtails, hackberry emperors, cloudless sulfurs, sleepy oranges, question marks, gulf fritillaries and more – flutter along the trails.

Hoffman said visitors should check in at either the campground office or the golf course office before going on the trail, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost is $4 to park and $1 per person entry fee. That includes the use of a golf cart if you’re not up for the walk.

Bicycles are allowed, he said.


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