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Little Manatee River Short Loop is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Wimauma, Florida that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, nature trips, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 52 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Horseback riding

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

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Parking Fee: $5 There is one 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. There is no water available. Part of trail hugs the river where many people were canoeing/kayaking and you could actually walk down to water from trail. Hike is not difficult by any means and this route follows a short cut trail if you don't want to do the whole loop. Pigs, deer, hawks, osprey, and gators are in the area.

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Recordings (136)
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Casey T.
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HikingBugsOver grown

Nice hike. The back part of the trail is somewhat overgrown.

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Chris Pascucci
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HikingFlooded

Very overgrown. Parts flooded two feet deep.

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Candie Herte
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Hiking

Didn’t know they were doing a burn till we got into park. Still smoking, should have warned anyone coming in.

Raul Gomez
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HikingOver grown
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Alix Beaupierre
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Hiking

Great easy trail with lots if shade! We didn’t see any wildlife, just one black snake.

Dennis Blaha
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HikingFee
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Amanda Tift
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Hiking

Great trail. Weather was beautiful, only a few areas of mud but nothing you couldn’t get around. Detoured at the campsite for a quick snack and still clocked less than 3 hours. Would definitely do this trail again! Very well marked and maintained. True Florida landscape.

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Chris Serfustini
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Hiking

Good hike.

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Dennis Blaha
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HikingMuddy

Nice path through heavily wooded area. The path follows the Little Manatee River which is visible at some parts of the path. Met only one other hiker. No wildlife today.

James N
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HikingFeeMuddy

1p, sunny and 65. Muddy at trailhead before the loop but great otherwise. Easy stroll. no wildlife at this time of day.

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Brad Bryan
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful, varied habitats and views of the river. Saw a coral snake! Cool.

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patriciajeanne2 .
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HikingMuddy
Alexandra Fitzgerald
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HikingMuddy
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Aimee Rodriguez
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Hiking

5 minutes into the trail and I almost stumbled onto the same path as a black bear! Such a beautiful trail that really makes you feel like you’re in the wild. So much wildlife. Watch out for snakes though! (And bears oh my).

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Debbie Christian
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HikingBugs

Nice trail. We saw Manatees, Anhinga catching and eating fish, snakes (non poisonous so far). Path has some mud and a couple boards on the boardwalk are breaking, but it’s a fun obstacle course. Spray for mosquitoes and bring water. Thank you to those who cleared up the path some last week!!! Great work!!! Will be nice when I graduate to longer trail.

Sharon Fleck
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HikingBugsMuddy

Beautiful trail, can be muddy in spots and buggy but well worth it.

Rob Kruppa
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Whitney Bray
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Hiking

The natural FL is beautiful but this trail wasn’t one of my favorites. You only get to see the river for a couple short sections but good luck stopping to enjoy it. Even drenched in mosquito repellent the mosquitoes would swarm and follow and bite you. We took our 4 month old in the stroller with the real tires and a mosquito net and it was very challenging. A few times we had to pick up the stroller and carry it due to the roots.

Kelly Kiffer
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HikingBugs

Saw three gopher tortoises and several different kinds of birds. Plenty of trees to stop in shade for a rest. Bathrooms available.

John F
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Hiking

A great trail, 90% shade, I was there at 10 a.m.. Some horse flies but over all great experience. I will be back....

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Rachel Fletcher
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HikingBugs

Love this trail. Super easy to follow.bring big spray! Will be back to complete long loop.

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Amanda F.
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Bugs

bring bug spray! mud isn't bad, there's plenty of tree roots to keep your feet dry!

Bryan Czajkowski
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Hiking

Unfortunately had to turn around half a mile in. Place is flooded with snakes in the path. Not for the faint of heart.

Adore Wandering
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Hiking

Nice little trail. Very easy. I saw a squirrel, a turtle & snake (2 different spots) crossed my path, a bunch of dragonflies, two different kinds of butterflies, a fish and a turtle in the water and a wood pecker. The trail has a little variety in the path such as roots in the trail, nice board walks placed here and there, Curves and lots of little side paths to the river. It is mostly in the shade of the trees but of course there is sun too. There’s green right now some purple and white flowers blooming some moss, pines, palms, oaks, brown pencil like leaves on the ground and tiny clam shells in water. Water for the feet was refreshing. I opted to only do half the trail.

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Scot Simpson
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Paddle sports

Upriver and back fast current and lots of trees and obstacles; will not do upriver and back again

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Kelly Maronpot
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HikingMuddy
Brian Hunter
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Hiking

This trail is awesome. It is one of our two favorite trails in central Florida. There are ways to make this a 6.5 mile trail. It is shaded and has good river views as well as minor elevation changes. We highly recommend this trail.

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