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The Ridge Scenic Highway

The Ridge Scenic Highway, located in Polk County, extends 38.7-miles along the Lake Wales Ridge, from its intersection with US 27 south of Frostproof to its intersection with US 17/92 in Haines City. The proposed Scenic Highway corridor travels through the historic communities of Frostproof, Hillcrest Heights, Babson Park, the Village of Highland Park, Lake Wales, Lake of the Hills, Dundee, Lake Hamilton and Haines City. This scenic corridor introduces travelers to historic communities and rural agricultural that Central Florida is famous for. SR 17, or “Scenic Highway” as it is locally known, serves the historic centers of these communities and provides access to cultural facilities and historic sites that help promote and preserve the local culture. Winding along the Lake Wales Ridge, SR 17 provides scenic vistas and access to lakes, natural areas, citrus agricultural fields and unique Florida attractions. A trip along the Ridge Scenic Highway will provide you with a taste of what Florida was like in the early 1900′s.


The Ridge Scenic Highway

Take I-4 to exit #55 towards Haines City. Turn left on US 17/92 for approximately 1 mile. Turn right on State Road 17 (The Ridge Scenic Highway).

The Ridge Scenic Highway

Polk County
http://www.polk-county.net/

Dundee Chamber of Commerce
http://townofdundee.com

Frostproof Chamber of Commerce
http://frostproofchamber.com/

Haines City Chamber of Commerce
http://www.hainescity.com/

The Ridge Scenic Highway

Historic Bok Sanctuary – The Historic Bok Sanctuary offers visitors the opportunity to walk through lush gardens designed by the famous Fredrick Law Olmsted, enjoy music at the impressive 205-foot carillon tower, and view the magnificence and splendor of the Pinewood Estate. Open daily. (863) 676-1408 http://www.boksanctuary.org/

Spook Hill – The legend of Spook Hill claims that many years ago an Indian village on Lake Wales was plagued by a huge alligator. The Chief, a great warrior, killed the gator in a battle that created a small lake. Many years later, when the road was paved, cars miraculously coasted up hill. This natural phenomenon is a popular visitor attraction and is great fun for the whole family. No admission fee. Take Highway 27 south to 17A (before Lake Wales), turn left (east) and follow the signs for Spook Hill.

Crooked Lake Prairie – A 525-acre wet and dry prairie with pine flatwoods, marshes, bald eagles, gopher tortoises, and several other wildlife species. Amenities include paved parking areas, marked walking trails, picnic tables, and restroom facilities. From State Road 17 turn west onto Cody Villa Road, turn right at the Minute Maid and Ohlinger intersection. (863) 534-7377