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Fort Meade Blueway Community

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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.

Bartow Peace River
Peace River, Ft Meade

Ft Meade City Administration
Ft Meade City Administration

Ft Meade Community Information

Ft Meade Historic Museum

 Ft Meade Historic Museum

Local Paddling Outfitters:

Other Things to do:

  • Ft Meade Historical Museum
  • Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area
Peace River Ft Meade

Places to Stay:

  • Stanford Inn, 555 E Stanford St, Bartow, 863-533-2393
  • Stay Inn & Suites, 1035 North Broadway Avenue, Bartow, 863-533-0711

  • Fort Meade Outdoor Recreation Area   Call Community Center 863-285-1111  Primitive camping (no hook ups but RVs are welcomed) with restrooms and faucet water
  • American Legion  for RVs 285-7595  or 559-0701
  • Hammock Lake for RVs  285-9560
Places to Eat:
  • JUST RIBS          Open W-Sat. for lunch and dinner 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.             863-286-7625 
  • Classic Pizza          Open M-F  for lunch and dinner                      863-285-6411
  • Hungry Howie Pizza and Subs   Open everyday for lunch and dinner late       863-285-6200
  • John's Miner's Den Drive-In     Open everyday for 3 meals  until 9 p.m.  863-285-9680
  • Double R & R        Open M-F  for breakfast and lunch                    863-285-9984
  • Taco Express      Open M-S for lunch and dinner huge portions!           863-285-9900

Launch Sites:

  • Peace River Outdoor Recreation Area
  • Heritage Peace River Landing, CR 640 Homeland

Peace River Heritage Landing

Florida Paddling Trails Trip Reports:

Contacts for Blueway Community Events:

News and Special Reports

Flywheeler Event

Plan to attend the 28th annual antique engine and tractor "Swap Meet"
January 14, 15, 16, 17, 2015.

7000 Avon Park cut-off road
Fort Meade, Fl. 33841

Battle of Bowlegs Creek

Battle of Bowlegs Creek and Heritage Festival and Re-Enactment of the cow battle - Fort Meade , Fl. April 1864
Join us Jan. 30 - Feb 1, 2015

Fort Meade  recreation area U. S. Hy. 98 east on Peace River

Call 863-285-8253

Peace, Love, Paddle on the Peace River

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau