Colt Creek State Park RV & Campground Guide


The Colt Creek State Park covers roughly 5,000 acres of native Central Florida habitat about 21 miles north of Lakeland. The state park is comprised of open vistas, thick cypress domes, winding creeks, lakes, and large strands of longleaf pine flatwoods. White-tailed deer, otters, and many bird species can be seen in the region. When you vacation here, you’ll be able to enjoy the year-round mild temperatures found in Florida. Colt Creek is 34 miles northeast of Seffner and 42 miles northeast of Tampa.

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Spring 55-89 F
Summer 71-92 F
Fall 64-90 F
Winter 49-74 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Colt Creek State Park

If you opt to stay in a comfortable RV, consider renting from RVshare.com, where you can choose among top-quality models and a range of sizes. All rentals come with 24/7 roadside assistance and nationwide insurance. Colt Creek State Park has 27 RV sites that can lodge rigs up to 70 feet long. There are also several great campgrounds outside the state park.

Lazydays RV Resort

Open between April and October, Lazydays RV Resort has well over 300 RV sites that can accommodate just about any size rig. The resort has a restaurant, gas station and laundry facility on-site. The family dog will have a blast on the doggie obstacle course and off-leash area. There's even a dog wash station as well.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: Yes • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Cable TV, heated pool, hot tub and playground

Sanlan RV Resort

Sanlan RV Resort is located near Banana Lake, making it the perfect spot for observing wildlife. You can relax by the heated pool or chill on the lounge chairs around the pool. All 500 camping sites are spacious enough to accommodate large RVs up to 80 feet long. There are also three distinctive nine-hole golf courses on-site.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: Yes • Sewer hookup: yes • Wi-Fi: Yes • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Dump station, fitness center, ice and propane station

Hillsborough River State Park

Just minutes from downtown Tampa, Hillsborough River State Park accommodates 50-foot long RVs in all of their 112 RV sites. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic tables, and all of them are near hot showers and a laundry facility.

• Water hookup: Yes • Electrical hookup: yes • Sewer hookup: Yes • Wi-Fi: Yes • Pet-friendly: Yes • Other amenities: Swimming, nature trails and biking trails

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What to Do at
Colt Creek State Park

Inside Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park offers 15 miles of multiple trails that are shared by bicyclists, hikers, and those riding horseback. As you travel through the natural creeks and wetlands, you’ll come across a wide variety of wildlife. Kayaking, canoeing, and other water sports are a great way to enjoy the lake. The 75-foot dock is the perfect place to cast a line.

Outside Colt Creek State Park

There is a large assortment of restaurants, shops, and attractions in the nearby cities of Lakeland, Seffner, and Tampa. With a huge amount of attractions outside of the state park, you'll never grow bored while on vacation here. Just about any direction you choose leads to a place worthy of exploring.


Fancy Q Sushi & Thai Restaurant

Fancy Q Sushi & Thai Restaurant offers lunch and evening specials that you can enjoy. The Hibachi Steak is so tender it makes you want to savor every single bite. They also serve authentic Japanese & Thai foods.

Type: Japanese, Thai

Location: 43040 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Olive Garden

Gluten-free items are served at Olive Garden for those who have gluten sensitivities. They serve a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, and pasta meals. Remember to save room for their Sicilian Cheesecake with strawberry topping.

Type: Italian

Location: 3911 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill

The mouthwatering taste of baby back ribs and smoked house chicken is served at the Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. They also serve offer 1-pound premium beef burgers, soups, and salads.

Type: Barbecue

Location: 3901 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809


No matter whether you're craving breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack you can count on IHOP to serve up fresh, delicious food. They're famous for their pancakes and a variety of other breakfast items. They even have a variety of flavored syrup that you can add to your pancake platter.

Type: Diner

Location: 3427 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store serves up homestyle food from their all-day meal menu. You can either sit by the fireplace, at a game of checkers, or by the window. They also have a country store with a variety of clothing and other collectibles.

Type: American

Location: 4343 Lakeland Park Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809


Lakeland Square Mall

Lakeland Square Mall is located between the Orlando and Tampa areas. There are a variety of retail clothing stores, services, and restaurants available, as well as a theater that features the latest films.

Location: 3800 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Barclay Place Shopping Center

Fill up your RV's refrigerator at the grocery store. Vehicle rentals, a dentist, a pharmacy, and tax services are also hosted at Barclay Place Shopping Center.

Location: 4825-4997 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Wabash Shopping Center

Get your thrifting on at the Wabash Shopping Center. The grocery store features fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats. There's also a medical plasma facility in this shopping center.

Location: 2041 George Jenkins Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815

Market Square Shopping Center

This shopping center is easy to get in and out of and features wide parking spaces. There are plenty of stores to shop in and chain restaurants to appease your appetite, including Denny's and Steak 'n Shake.

Location: 3179 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33805


Gator Creek Preserve

Go hiking at the Gator Creek Preserve and experience the hardwood forests, cypress swamp, and wildlife that are native to the area. Some of the wildlife here includes foxes, bobcats, squirrels, deer, and wild turkey.

Location: 9725 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, FL 33809

Kathleen Area Historical Park

There are several community events at Kathleen Area Historical Park, such as Heritage Day, silent auctions, and more. At these community gatherings, you can learn about the history and folklife of the region. Be sure to check their calendar for the ideal dates and times to visit the park.

Location: 8950 North Campbell Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809

Hollis Garden

Hollis Garden is home to well over 10,000 flowers, native trees, and ornamental shrubs. It also features ornamental fountains and public art.

Location: 614 East Orange Street, Lakeland, FL 33801

Busch Gardens

Explore the thrill of the triple-launch roller coaster or brave the 335-foot freestanding drop tower. Busch Gardens has a variety of rides, restaurants, and shops. There are also well over 200 species that roam the zoo area, including lions, tigers, gorillas, and cheetahs. During the summer nights, they feature a new laser and fireworks show.

Location: 10165 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612

Lake Parker Park

Located on the northeast side of the city of Lakewood, Lake Parker Park offers tennis courts, volleyball courts, soccer fields, and a jogging path. There's also a boat ramp, fishing area, and more.

Location: 910 East Granada St, Lakeland, FL 33801

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How to Get to
Colt Creek State Park

From downtown Lakeland, take South Missouri Avenue and West Lemon Street to Florida Avenue South. Then, take US Highway 98 North to FL Highway 471 North. Follow that to Colt Creek State Park.

Entering Colt Creek State Park

Colt Creek State Park is open to the public from 8 a.m. to sundown, 365 days a year.

Colt Creek State Park Per vehicle (1-4 adults) : $4.0

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Frequently Asked Questions About Colt Creek State Park

Are there designated RV camping spots in Colt Creek State Park?

The Colt Creek State Park campground features 27 full-family RV campsites. The RV sites offer 30 and 50-amp electrical hookups and can accommodate RVs up to 70 feet long. The campground also includes an RV dump station.

What is the climate of Colt Creek State Park?

Colt Creek State Park summers are hot and balmy with temperatures ranging from 71 to 92 degrees with a significant rainfall. The winter temperatures usually range from 50 to 75 degrees.

What is the best time of year to visit Colt Creek State Park?

The best times to visit the park are April, May, September, and October. These months are hot, but they aren't as humid or rainy as the summer months and provide more pleasant conditions for recreation.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Colt Creek State Park?

Colt Creek State Park is home to a diverse selection of wild animals, including white-tailed deer, American alligators, otters, gopher tortoises, Sherman's fox squirrels, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, and many other bird species.

Are pets allowed at Colt Creek State Park?

Pets are permitted in Colt Creek State Park but aren't allowed in the restrooms, pavilions, lakes, or primitive camps. Pets must be on leashes of no more than six feet and cleaned up after.