Come experience the magnificent open scrub and lakefront of Hickory Lake Scrub, a jewel of the Lake Wales Ancient Scrub System. Enjoy a stroll on one of the short loop trails on this 57-acre site, which houses an amazing diversity of plants and animals. Some of the beautiful sights that will capture your eye are huge patches of lichens, scrub morning glory, scrub blazing star and many other rare, colorful plants. Once part of a series of islands now called the Lake Wales Ridge, this site is home to many plants and animals that are threatened or endangered, and found nowhere else in the world.
The Hickory Lake Scrub Preserve was purchased in August 1997 from the Green Horizon Land Trust, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving environmentally significant land. This property is now managed by Polk County's Environmental Lands Program. It is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem and is home to 14 threatened and endangered plant species.