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Heritage Peace River Landing

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WHAT: Heritage Peace River Landing
LOCATION: 3301 Homeland-Garfield Road, Homeland.
HOURS: Winter hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and summer hours are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
HOMELAND | Towering cypress trees and the tranquil, slow-moving waters of the Peace River surround one of the newest editions to the Polk County park system, Heritage Peace River Landing.
This park is a must for those who like to kayak and canoe Central Florida waterways. In Homeland, about halfway between Bartow and Fort Meade, the park is at 3301 Homeland-Garfield Road.
The entrance isn't highly visible, so when traveling the road, make sure to slow down after you cross the bridge that spans the river if you're coming from Homeland-Garfield Road.
A dirt road meanders for a short distance to the park where there is ample parking.
A series of park benches line the river's banks, and a covered picnic area and garbage can are available for those looking for some family fun.
County crews created a wide ramp for those launching canoes or kayaks and a floating aluminum dock makes entering and exiting the river much easier.
When you go, expect to see abundant wildlife. On a recent trip, turtles, an alligator, white ibis, turkey vultures and a green heron were seen.
The dock and picnic enclosure are handicap accessible, but there are no restroom facilities at the park.
From the Heritage Landing point, you can choose to paddle north to Lake Hancock, the headwaters of the Peace River, or south to the Gulf of Mexico.
The park has two sets of hours for visitors: Winter hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and summer hours are 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Overnight parking and camping are not allowed.
During off hours, the entrance to the park is regulated by an electronic gate.

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