Fort Meade is the oldest city in Polk County, dating back to 1849 when a settlement grew up around a U.S. Cavalry Fort during the Seminole Indian Wars.
Recreation in the form of fishing, hunting, bicycling or walking on nature trails is plentiful in Fort Meade. The City maintains several parks, the largest of which is the Fort Meade Recreational Area, where visitors can launch a canoe or kayak on the Peace River, fish, use one of the picnic tables, pavilions or barbeque grills, or enjoy a quiet walk in the 120 acre wooded area. We also offer group overnight camping. The oak trees in this park, as well as those within the City, are often over 100 years old.