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Holloway Park


 
2402 Holloway Park Drive
(entrance located off 98 South/Bartow Highway)
Parks@lakelandgov.net | 863.834.2233

Park Hours
Sunday - Saturday
7 AM - 7:30 PM
(hours change seasonally)


Holloway Park provides a connection with nature in the heart of South Lakeland. The park offers an urban nature preserve - home to much native vegetation, trees, and wildlife; an 18-hole disc golf course; and an elite series of 3k, 5k, 8k, and 10k grass running trails. Get ready to run wild at Holloway Park.

  • Upcoming Events

    The following is a list of Cross Country and Trail Running Events scheduled in the Park. Parking may be limited before, during, and after events. Also, access to certain trails and spaces may be hindered by the large groups attending the events.

    • Saturday, August 24, 2024 - Jim Ryun Invitational
    • Friday, August 30, 2024 - Mocs XC Kickoff
    • Saturday, September 7, 2024 - Fire Invitational
    • Saturday September 14, 2024 - Seffner Christian Invitational
    • Saturday, September 21, 2024 - SSAA Championship
    • Saturday, September 28, 2024 - Holloway Park Jamboree
    • Friday, October 4, 2024 - FLRunners Invitational
    • Saturday, October 5, 2024 - FLRunners Invitational
    • Friday, October 18, 2024 - Holloway Park Twilight (FSC)
    • Saturday, October 19, 2024 - Polk County Championship
    • Friday, October 25, 2024 (morning) - Sunshine State Conference
    • Friday, October 25, 2024 (afternoon) - FLYRA Middle School State
    • Saturday, October 26, 2024 - FLYRA Middle School State
    • Saturday, November 2, 2024 - CFAC/USATF
    • Thursday, November 7, 2024 -  FHSAA Regionals
    • Friday, November 8, 2024 - Continental Athletic Conference
    • Saturday, November 9, 2024 - Sun Conference Championship
    • Saturday, November 16, 2024 
    • Saturday, November 23, 2024 - FACA All Star Meet

    This list is provided as a resource for park visitors. These events are reserved by outside groups; for more information on a specific event info, please reach out to the host organization.

  • Trails (Cross Country info)

    Holloway Park offers a unique trail walking or running experience for the Lakeland community with various distances and routes on unpaved trails to accommodate any skill level. Many of these trails offer partial to full shade coverage and some elevation change. 

    The Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department is proud to host a variety of cross-country events from the club level to college competitions. These courses were designed with cross country in mind, including a wide start line that measures over 300 feet in width. Visit our Nature Preserve section for a more leisurely route to experience nature in the heart of South Lakeland and yet somehow away from it all. For information on hosting a trail race or cross-country tournament, call or email the Parks Division: parks@lakelandgov.net I 863.834.2233

    • 1K Course

      This short course takes you through beautiful viewing areas from the front of the park. Spectators can stand at the finish and see the children’s race unfold in front of their eyes. Also, this can be used specifically for efficient 1k workouts.

      1K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

       

    • 2K Course

      This course combines much of the 1k loop while also tying in with the roller coaster hills and finish from the 3k and 5k loops. Although commonly used for junior races, come out and try a fantastic 2k workout today!

      2K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • 3K Course

      Tent City is a 5-acre running trail that ventures slightly uphill and along a high ridge for approximately 1700 feet. All of the trails are mowed and maintained for a width of 15 feet.

      At the ¾ mile mark, you will notice a tree-lined spectator ridge on the left-hand side that is parallel to the trail. The trail continues until the 1-mile marker, then turns right and runs along the south portion of another spectator ridge.

      At the 1.5-mile marker, the 3K trail makes a slight U-turn, whereby you will find yourself on the home stretch on the north side of the tree-lined spectator ridge that leads to the finish line.

      All of our cross-country trails use this shady return trail to the finish line in full view of all spectators.

      3K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • 5K Course

      Our 5k course is designed for those who love beautiful scenery and plenty of twists, turns, and hills. Considered one of Florida’s best natural marathon race courses, you are sure to find our 5k cross-country trail exhilarating and exciting. The trail is ideal for walking, taking a morning or evening jog, or for participating in one of our 5k races. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

      5K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • 8K Course

      If you’re up for a challenge, we invite you to try our 8k course, which is lined with all-natural beauty. This trail is designed to make your running experience fun, exciting, and challenging. Try the course today.

      8K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • 10K Course

      For the ultimate challenge, prepare to “Run Wild” on our 10km trail that is designed for all types of running enthusiasts. With shaded trails, natural beauty, and all the twists and turns you crave, this is one running experience you won’t want to pass up.

      10K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • NCAA Division II South Region Women's 6K

      Two maps featuring the NCAA Division II South Region Women's 6K course.

      NCAA Division II South Region Women's 6K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

    • NCAA Division II South Region Men's 10K

      Two maps featuring the NCAA Division II South Region Men's 10K course.

      NCAA Division II South Region Men's 10K Course Map

      Course Layout Map

  • Disc Golf

    Holloway Park boasts an 18-hole disc golf course adjacent to the Nature Preserve. 

    Find more details and descriptions of each hole on our Disc Golf Page.

  • Nature Preserve

    Holloway Park provides a safe home for Florida's dynamic wildlife. Plants and animals find resources here that are needed for their survival. Explore the Holloway Park Wildlife Trail where you can hike, jog, bird watch, take photos and walk your dog along the beautiful and scenic trails. 

    Map of Wildlife Trail:

     

    Wildlife Trail Map

     

  • History

    Holloway Park is the legacy of Mary Ann and Edward Holloway, who were long-time residents of the local area. In 2010, the couple decided to preserve our lands in perpetuity. The property had been mined before 1950 and was left in a rugged state with a series of ridges and valleys. Over the years, this 362-acre nature park has improved the biodiversity of native plants, provided a safe haven for all wildlife, and created trails for runners and nature enthusiasts. Holloway Park was donated to the City of Lakeland in 2023 and is maintained and operated by the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Department.

     

  • Park Rules

    Holloway Park Rules:

    • Alcohol prohibited.
    • Dogs are allowed on leash.
      • Please pick up after pets. 
    • Bicycles are prohibited. 
    • Help keep your park clean. Pack out what you bring in 🌳.