1010 Lake Wales Area Resident and Visitor Guide Lake Wales a Great Place for Nature Florida is famous for man-made attractions. But the Lake Wales area offers virtually endless opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors. With its all year round warm temperatures and more than 550 lakes within 50 miles Lake Wales offers travelers a wide range of distinctive opportunities to soak up the Florida sun while communing with Mother Nature. You just need to know where to look or walk or pedal. Nestled near Lake Wales are 37 nature parks on more than 25000 preserved acres. The region offers nature lovers a vast assortment of foot- friendly trails and terrain for all skill levels. Some in close proximity to Lake Wales are Ridge Audubon-Babson Park Nature Center Circle B Bar Reserve Street Audubon Center Lake Kissimmee State Park Mosaic Peace River Park Colt Creek State Park Broussard Catsh Creek State Preserve Many experience nature by bicycle and the area touts an extensive list of multipurpose trails and paths. Near Lake Wales be sure to check out trails like the Fort Fraser Trail TECO Trail Chain of Lakes Trail General James A. Van Fleet State Trail and Loyce Harpe Park. Those who are anxious get a closer look at some of the hundreds of lakes in the region can gather up the crew and embark on a shing adventure. Polk County aka the Bass Capital of the World is teeming with chances to reel in an amazing catch. For an extra shing thrill be sure to check out some of Polk County phosphate pits that have recently received international acclaim as some of the best angler areas in the region. Of course bass arent the only sh found in these lakes. Veteran and rst time anglers can get out on the water for a chance to hook a wide range of species such as bluegill crappie and catsh. Some choose to boat canoe or kayak and just enjoy the unmatched beauty of pristine old Florida. The lucky ones get to see alligators sunning themselves on the bank and a variety of birds and other small wildlife. Whatever you love about the outdoors you can nd it near Lake Wales. Hiking cycling and shing are all great ways to enjoy the natural wonders.