Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop Trail

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Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Tampa, Florida that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from January until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
6 feet

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

trail running






wild flowers


Lettuce Lake Regional Park Loop is a 2.1 mile loop trail located near Tampa, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

road biking
16 days ago

Love it here ❤️

nature trips
21 days ago

A must if you’re in Tampa, FL

23 days ago

It was very beautiful, lots of beautiful plants and trees, along with many alligators!!

trail running
1 month ago

I bring my baby here to jog every Saturday morning. Always clean and friendly. Very quiet and peaceful at 8 am!

3 months ago

family friendly fun. very well maintained. took my 6 and 16 year olds on a fathers day hike. both had a great time. saw 3 alligators and a lot of turtles, birds, and squirrels. definitely one of our favorite hikes in this area.

4 months ago

extremely nice trail..

5 months ago

Very clean, nice boardwalk with lots of shade. Saw alligators, armadillos & a variety of birds.

6 months ago

We came here for a short hike and wanted to see some wildlife. We were here on a Saturday afternoon in February and it was busy but didn't feel too crowded. It was a nice walk around the lake on a boardwalk and allowed for an interesting point of view. We did see an alligator, lots of birds, turtles, and some fish. We also heard two Barred owls calling to one another.
A nice introduction to Florida's wilder side.

7 months ago

Fun, great place to take pictures.

9 months ago

It was amazing

10 months ago

Its a good, short trail and you can see some wild life.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Nice park and at least it's open again. Some trails blocked off due to flooding. It doesn't have many miles of paths so only do when I have limited time to hike - gets too boring otherwise to do the same trails 2-3 times in one day.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Been to Lettuce Lake many times. This is our "Go-To" hike for weekend mornings. We always take our camera because the wildlife is different every time. Never know what you will see there.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Lettuce Lake is a nice little stroll conveniently located near USF's campus. As others have mentioned, the main attraction here is not enjoying solitude in nature - the park tends to be very crowded, especially on weekends. We mainly enjoy coming here for the wide variety of wildlife that can easily be observed from the boardwalk: herons, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, egrets, woodpeckers, anhingas, gators, snakes, turtles, and fish are all typical sightings on any given day. Coming early in the morning is a good way to miss some of the crowds.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Nice easy walk with great wildlife and scenery.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The boardwalk through the lake and riverside is amazing. I was there on a Friday early morning hike and the waterfowl wer everywhere. Also saw two hawk. Was unprepared for pix but the serene atmosphere was enjoyable.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday, January 06, 2017

A little hard to find if you use GPS. A USF facility is on one side of the river and the park on the other. Otherwise a very nice park and worth the $2 entrance fee. Pleasant but short walking trail.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great park lots to see . Kids love it , playground is great .....

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

This is a "family friendly" park, which essentially equates to the whole area being restricted to a very narrow subset of mediocre activities that you are allowed to engage in, as is exemplified by the plethora of restricted access gates lining the road, as well as the massive traffic information LED greeting you with a warning to lock your doors. There are incredibly few nature trails, and those that do exist disintegrate before they reach a mile long, as they recombine with the main paved path, which itself is a paltry 1 1/4 miles long. There are constantly school busses teaming with children arriving, and while they have as much of a right to be there as I do, it would be a lie to say that I appreciated their presence. Ultimately the area is just a tiny, unimpressive park without any real clout to compete with the far superior competition in any given direction. With nothing to do, the same demographics as any park with similar credentials and the omnipresent buzz of traffic, this is a holistically unenjoyable, unlaudable park,

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great Boardwalk Trail with abundant wildlife. Took my seven and a four-year-old on the walk which they completed with ease and loved every second.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Simple nature trail with plenty to see. Boardwalk portions allows for some good sights. Always good when you just wanna get away from the city for a little.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Loved it!!!

Monday, November 30, 2015

This is a stone throw away from my work and home. Go there often. Great play area for kids. Well maintained. Their visitor center is awesome and they have classes on the weekends teaching wildlife to kids. Always see wildlife when I walk the trail or Boardwalk. This is a go to place for me. If they family doesn't have anything to do, it's time to go to the park.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Walked this park trail today. Amazingly well maintained on both the wood over-water trails and the paved trail. In total, my wife and I did about 3 1/4 miles.Lots of Ibis, herons, anhinga seen with a couple of pretty noisy limpkins somewhere out of site. We saw two adolescent alligators warming themselves in the afternoon sun. The trails are flat and can be handled by someone with walking difficulties. (I walk with crutches, even though I enjoy pushing myself through some very rugged trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park). The boardwalk areas can be handled in a wheelchair, whether motorized or manually powered. Being the weekend with beautiful weather, the pathways were busy, but not so much as to distract from the natural beauty. If it weren't for background highway noise, you would not know you are in the city.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Beautiful park! Extremely easy, beautiful views, wild life, and the weather was perfect. January 18th, perfect temp, no bugs, and pleasant places to have a picnic. Clean bathrooms.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Beautiful and off the beaten path for someone that just wants to get away from all of the hustle and bustle of Florida and the city! Loved the walk and the nature that could be found around here!

road biking
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Perfect little trail for family bike riding.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Lettuce Lake is a small city park with a paved road through it and some dirt trails. It's busy, of course. There are some nice views of the rivers and the cypresses. There is some open space and picnic shelters. Recently, Florida parks have started charging money or more money to go to their parks and they post cashiers at the entrance to make sure you pay.

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