Explore the most popular hiking trails in Little Manatee River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun day hiking for our family.

What a great hike! We took the 2.8 mile loop. It rained last week so there winsome areas of muck and water but we were easily able to navigate around these. Passed 3 different sets of hikers. Nice and windy trail with plenty of shade mixed in with some random open areas. We encountered a gator on the trail near the river, backed off for a bit then watched him continue on his path to the river.

The green portion of the trail is mostly fire break trail with little shade. When it rains, large portions of the trail are under water. Though the red portion takes you into the shade of the woods, the water problem is prevalent here also. I tried hiking them in December when it's pretty dry, but one good rain, 2" of it, and I had to wade and retrack and wade some more, and three dry days later the water is still there.

Just about every plant in Florida is here. There are a couple spots that need boardwalks, but not bad in winter months. Trail police went overboard in a couple stretches and ruined the narrow path and canopy. All in all a nice hike.

Best trail in the county. A must do

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful walk in the the woods!
Especially when the days have started to cool down in the fall. The ferns, pine trees and palmetto bushes take me back to my childhood of playing outside all day on our 5 acres off Cowley rd.
Which is all developed now.
Still I love to visit the woods as often as I can.
Take your kids and leave the electronics at home.

Trail was well maintained and an easy hike. One portion was under water yet,but didn’t spoil our hike. Beautiful glimpses of the river. Saw a turtle and two snakes. Evidence of hog rooting all over the place, but didn’t sight any on this trip.

about a quarter mile walk from parking to where the trail starts go to the left first three miles is mostly shaded and along the river footing is solid but there are a lot of roots in the trail. the trail is a 6 Mile Loop that can be cut in half. the second 3 miles is little more sand but not too deep to run in. Trail is generally not crowded and as best run from November to the beginning of April or whenever rainy season starts once the rain starts I don't bother to go, there will be standing water that does not clear. when the trail is dry it is very enjoyable

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail

nature trips
4 months ago

Short loop, about 15 min walk. Well shaded with views of the river. Best oxbow view is from the pavilion.

This the first half of the trail with ours Cub Scout group. Great trail to hike.

Holy shit very hard. The whole thing was under water. The bridges weren’t visible since they were under water. You need excellent tracking skills. One section took 34 minute for one mile since we were swimming. LOTS of mosquitoes. Lots of spiders. Trail was wild for most of it. Might have been months since it was walked thru to completion last. Not for the old, young, pregnant, short out of shape or people with time constraints. Good luck! If your foolish enough to do this....

Great trail. Lots of wildlife. Definitely wear long pants and long sleeves, as the southwestern portion of the trail can be totally consumed with 4+ foot grasses and other vegetation. Lots of mosquitoes in the boggy sections, so keep moving through those parts. Opportunities to collect drinking river all along the river if you have a purifier.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail and it offers some views of the river. It’s rather short, but well marked.

hiking
8 months ago

Did this while doing a larger trail and it was nice. Didn’t see anyone on this small trail and got to watch kayakers go by in the water. Has some old nature signs so kind of interesting to read.

Not muddy right now. (3/24/18). 1/2 trail is shaded, 1/2 trail is open to more sun. Boardwalks May have missing planks. Chicken wire added to grip for slippery areas is nice. Two fallen trees to go around. $5 per car fee. Cash into envelope put sticker in car window before hiking. Variety of scenery-woods, river, scrub etc.

hiking
10 months ago

A easy stroll throught sand pine scrub, hammock and a couple short side trails to Little Manatee River.

Just a short .21 mile to trail head from River Steps parking lot.

Beautiful an enjoyable hike! Not very difficult. Saw snakes, armadillos and heard wild hogs! Beautiful Park!

Great hike

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Fun little hike

hiking
Thursday, January 11, 2018

Great for a short hike. Be wary of wildlife, saw a Pygmy rattlesnake there today.

hiking
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Did the FULL 6+ mile trail, no water on/over trail. Did trail as a figure "8", left at first post. NICE trail by FTA!!! Ecosystems >> sand pine, oak scrub and oxbow wetlands

walking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Photogging. Walked total 12 miles today from 10:58AM to 3:00 PM. Left some of my knee blood and skin there through one of the trails I took. Overall awesome. Just need to mend before my next photogging event.

backpacking
Monday, October 09, 2017

The trail off of 301 just north of the river is beautiful, lots of scenery and some ascents and desents that lead you by the river and ravine. Some of the trail is flooded due to storms.
The smaller trails by the park are nice for short walks. There are plenty of deer to watch.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Took the kids and dog and they only complained once

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Hiked the 6.2 mile loop. Nice little hike. Stopped to check out the only primitive camp site available. It's a nice open space with picnic table, fire ring, and benches. Plenty of area to explore around site gives you that secluded feeling. Only ding is no water available.

Part of trail hugs the river where many people were conoeing/kayaking and you could actually walk down to water from trail.

Hike is not difficult by any means and provides a cross trail if you don't want to do the whole loop. Noticed small signs of pigs rooting around and came across deer on trails. Also saw gators in river as I passed by.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Such a pretty trail, except for someone's nasty baby diaper, which I did bring out. Shame on those that go out enjoy a trail such as this and leave trash for the rest of us to enjoy. Other than this trail is gorgeous.

hiking
Saturday, April 08, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great wilderness trail providing awesome shade throughout your hike. Trail was very well maintained and preserved which allowed for easy seeing of hawks and ospreys. Great trail for any first time hikers who have an itch for adventure!

Monday, February 06, 2017

Good time

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