Love this place - I’ve hiked every trail and each one is a fun, beautiful & peaceful adventure. It’s very quiet - especially during the week. The boardwalk is also a beautiful spot and perfect for those with younger children & strollers. If you have the right stroller, you can probably make it through any trail - however I suggest you avoid the Blackwater Cutoff due to the tree roots throughout the trail.
The only reason I’m not giving it a full 5-stars is because of the no dog, no Geocaching and no rock hiding rules. We rescued a dog about a year ago and haven’t been able to visit since then, so we go to the Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve in Lutz/Odessa for our daily hikes now - I have read other reviews that say the rule is overlooked but I also know someone who brought her leashed dog to this park and had a police officer waiting for her when she returned to her car about an hour later. They did not fine her but they took her info and said if she ever returned with her dog, that she would be fined and/or arrested. So that, along with the fact that it’s a bit of a drive for me to get there...I’d rather not take the chance of having my hike ruined over it. However, if they ever decide to change their minds and get rid of the No Dog rule - I would most definitely return.

hiking
21 days ago

Flooded. Everywhere. Attempted all of the trails. Wilderness was under water about 1/4mi in. Black Water was also impassable. I can only imagine how deep it must be during the summer months. ALL of the restrooms were out of paper. On a positive note... the Nature Center is very nice.

Quiet and dogs on leash allowed - pick up after

Great trail. I enjoyed it greatly.

The reviews looked good. people mentioned it's a great place to take dogs so we thought we'd check it out. Turns out, dogs are not allowed on the trails, although I can't imagine why. Well, I'm a rebel at heart so we took a chance. We did the Flatwoods trail and it turned out to be about 1.6 miles. The trails are marked well and if you download the map from the Brooker Creek website, it's very easy to follow the markers on the trail you want to take. I'd like to go back and do the full four miles when it's not so late in the day. It's a pretty good hiking experience overall. The trails are wide and for the most part, you travel under the trees with light shining through but there were a lot more areas in direct sunlight than I had anticipated. if we go back, I will definitely put on sunscreen. it's worth mentioning that as we were coming back out to the parking lot, someone was heading toward the trails with a dog as well so based on that along with the previous reviews, I'm guessing the no dogs rule is overlooked for those who clean up after their pets? One can only speculate but I do wonder if there is a fine if caught.

Gorgeous trail - quiet and well marked. One of my favs.

About 50 percent are under water in Feb ( dry month ) and one trail is in total disrepair. Zero trail maintenance since opening. If you're looking for 1.5 mile hike, maybe you can accomplish. To bad this place has not been maintained

hiking
Friday, January 19, 2018

My favorite trail and this area! There's plenty of offshoots from the main trail to explore. Lots of people walk their dogs here - my dog loves it too!

hiking
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Typical Florida scrub trail. Not too much was happening when I went through. Try early morning to see any birds or etc. The trail is very wide and can be watery during rainy seasons.

road biking
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Beautiful trail!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A beautiful hike!!!

backpacking
Monday, March 20, 2017

I practice load adjusting my pack, and start training my legs and ankles for trailing here. Be forewarned the back part of the loop may have pockets of knee deep water during the rainy season, and soft mud in places. All said though this a great trail walking experience. Loved every minute of it and there are some of the best, most animal knowledgeable guides I have seen.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lots of wide trails.

The area I was in was nice but I wish the trails for hikers was longer. The long trail is a horses trail and not for hikers. If you are doing anything besides horseback riding then you will get a ticket and from what I understand it's an $80 ticket for anything besides horseback riding on that trail

hiking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Wilderness trail was closed. We tried it but it was impassible due to high water. The Black Water Cutoff trail was listed as open but it too was too muddy and wet to use. There were warning signs that said trails may have standing water in rainy season May to October. I guess we were still in the rainy season although the weather was fine. Maybe further in the winter eould work better

Great trails to run.

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