Golden Aster Scrub Preserve

EASY 9 reviews

Golden Aster Scrub Preserve is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gibsonton, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
13 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

wildlife

This 1,181-acre nature preserve includes a ridge of endemic and imperiled scrub habitats surrounded by pine flatwoods and pockets of wet prairie, hardwood swamp, and freshwater marsh. Rare species found here include the Florida goldenaster and Florida Scrub Jay. The marked hiking trail is a 3-mile loop, much of it sandy and sunny. Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve was purchased by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) in 1995. http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/locations/golden-aster-scrub-nature-preserve

walking
27 days ago

A nice trail—sadly it was flooded because of the lake was too high. Luckily there were fire roads that allowed for walking instead. Saw two gopher tortoise burrows one with a resident home for the day. Was a bit hot as there is basically no shade. But we managed to take a few rests so the dogs could cool off. There’s a pavilion, but no facilities.

6 months ago

it was alright. old paved road turned to open trail with several sand pits then around into the pine hammock. nice fees and the lake was a plus.

hiking
8 months ago

Well maintained trail that was surprisingly beautiful. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2011