Explore the most popular trails in Brooker Creek County Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

walking
14 days ago

first time here and I really enjoyed it. it was a short hike because wilderness, pine needle, and blackwater trails were closed. if it's due to water, this place must stay until early spring. I'll be back.

road biking
19 days ago

Trails were closed.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Great nature hike.

hiking
washed out
3 months ago

With all the rain lately, parts of the trail were very marshy, and two large stretches were completely washed out. Wear bug spray.

hiking
4 months ago

Underwater after recent rainy season. Offshoot trails closed. Basic trail is too short and offers little in the way of scenery. Will have to try this out again during the drier seasons.

hiking
muddy
washed out
4 months ago

Very flooded right now. I’ve only seen it this flooded after Maria.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

Most of the trails are closed right now, due to fire. I hope they are able to open again soon. Today was just so hot and muggy, but that didn’t keep us from having a good, short hike. We would like to return in the fall or winter, when the heat and the mosquitoes have calmed down a bit.

6 months ago

Great hike but be on the constant watch for poisonous snakes. I've seen Pigmy's and Cottonmouths many times.

Very easy hike, lots of sun, little shade

7 months ago

Facilities were great! Staff was very knowledgeable, friendly to all age and knowledge levels, and quick to help! As far as the trails, welcome to old Florida. Sometimes dry, sometimes not, but always cracker style. I've hiked there in sand, and thigh deep water. I saw alot of variety in wildlife and tracks! if you think about the Florida National Scenic Trail, start your training here!

We hiked this trail about 7 years ago when it was completely dry. It was fascinating to us because of all the tropical vegetation. In retrospect, it is a good trail for exercise. There are no views. It is flat. Someone was smart to call it Black Water Cuttoff because after reading reviews, that happens to this trail: gets cut off by the flooding, so don't be disappointed. There is a beautiful new visitor center at the trail head with very nice volunteers. For what it is, a non-beach hike in flat Florida, this is a fine hike.

hiking
washed out
9 months ago

The trail becomes an impassable swamp in the summer.

love it. has multiple loops for beginners to serious hikers. I always take the full 4 mile walk because I want to explore the beauty hiding in the creek. the trail is always clear. great from November to February. my favorite part is the straight corridor on the southern end of the trail before the pineneedle trail. gorgeous!

Great trails but be ready for water on the longer loop. Although not deep can be numerous depending on amount of rainfall.

Nice trails. Many side trails so make sure you take a map. Partially shaded with a portion that is paved. I will be back.

Always a nice hike. Easy trail and great for kids. Saw a couple turtles on the hike, which was a highlight for the young ones...

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
11 months 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.

hiking
Sun Nov 25 2018

The Brooker Creek Preserve is a 9,000 acre preserve in the middle of a residential area north of Tampa, Florida. It was donated years ago to preserve the beauty of Florida at a time when the state was being gutted and built up. It is a gem of forested wetlands providing a refuge for the wildlife. There is a beautiful visitor center at the entrance. The trail is easy and along a boardwalk at the beginning so it is completely handicapped accessible. They have wheelchairs to borrow once you are there, but if you need one, you will need a wheelchair to get from the parking lot to the visitor center. The trail has a shorter loop that you can take that is less than one mile. Lots of times school kids will take this trail as they learn about the delicate Florida ecosystem from the volunteer tour guides. The shorter trail is flat and well marked. This is not a trail with any spectacular vistas. You are at sea level in a jungle like setting. Recognizing what this trail is before you take it is important, so your expectations will meet reality!

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
Fri Jan 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!

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
Sun Oct 08 2017

Beautiful trail!

A beautiful hike!!!

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