Little Manatee River Short Loop

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Little Manatee River Short Loop is a 2.7 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.

2.7 miles
36 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips





wild flowers



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. 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 this route follows the short cut cross trail if you don't want to do the whole loop. Pigs, deer, hawks, osprey, and gators are in the area. $5 fee

6 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Fun little hike

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Took the kids and dog and they only complained once

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.

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.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

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

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Enjoyed it

Friday, January 13, 2017

Easy and beautiful. Access to nice primitively sites

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My 14 year old son and I really enjoyed this trail. We completed a scenic 6.2 mile loop. Most of the trail was wooded with plenty of shade. Roughly 2 miles along the river. Lots of bugs. Did not see other wildlife but we did go at the hottest time of the day. Evidence of wild hogs throughout the hike.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Overall ok IMO. We have a young Rhodesian Ridgeback so we love to hike Florida parks.

Pluses .. saw a black racer snake and a good sized deer darted right across the trail. Good thing dog was on the leash. Trail easy and well marked although the big loop that would have increased the walk from 2.5 mi to over 6 mi was closed off. The wife was elsewhere this am so just as well

Minuses .. Buggy of course. Bug spray definitely helped. Scenery not super interesting compared to other nearby trails. Also they as for s $5 fee which I happily paid, I assume this goes to maintaining the trail (lots of bridges and plank pathways over water and mud). Other area trails are free other than Myakka State park which happens to be awesome.

I prefer Rye Preserve which doesn't seem to be on All Trails.

Good to have a variety though. Also love Emerson Point and Robinson's Preserve.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

This was a great hiking area. We did the hike north of the river.(6.5 miles) I would say majority of it was under the canopy. Lots of changes in scenery which kept it very interesting. Clean narrow trails, some holes from hogs. There were areas that were somewhat flooded, but you could usually walk around it. On the river route the bugs were really bad, we forgot bug spray. We didn't see any wildlife which was disappointing.

Monday, November 09, 2015

It was an easy trail to follow. My son and I enjoyed it and we will hike it again.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Good hike with a nice primitive camp around 2 miles in. The trail is clearly marked, and they have bridges over the overly muddy sections. The primitive camp site is fantastic, in a nice stand of sand pines with soft ground and several good spots for hammocks. The nearest water to the campsite is a stream crossing about a mile away though, so camel up or carry a bit extra. Overall a short, but good time.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Wonderful trail. It was nice and cool in Aug. Some of the bridges are washed out as of Sept. 1st. Trail was neck deep places next to the river.

Friday, February 06, 2015

lots of woods, very fun, and lots of nature. be sure to take a left when it splits. right side might be under water. one of the better trails I have seen.

Friday, September 05, 2014

This was a while back but what I can recall it was a nice trail had variation in the environment and the river was low enough that I got in and stood in it for a while.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Great hiking area, tons of trees for shade but beware of the Mosquitos they are awful, make sure to bring bug repellant and Banda for swatting-overall, great hike since u can choose trails either the short or longer paths.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Easy trail, no real obstructions, good place to identify typical Florida fauna.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Lots of bugs

Monday, January 28, 2013

Love this trail. Never gets boring!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It was a fun romp through little Manatee river state park. A 6.3 mile loop trail follows the bank of the Little Manatee river. The path curves with the river, muddy and slightly overgrown for 2 to 3 miles before giving way to vast palmetto and scrub pine forests.
I enjoyed the surprising environmental diversity and elevation change along the relatively short route. Other than the neighborhood you momentarily skirt about 1/2 way through, the trail has a very remote feeling once you get away from 301. I decided to go early to avoid the full force of the Florida summer sun, and the move payed off. It was 76 degrees when I set out, as cool as possible for August in the sunshine state. I was also pleased to find the bugs surprisingly subdued, at first that is. After covering over 5 miles, 4 of which i ran, i decided on a cool down walk to finish off the trail. The last mile was rough, swarms of horse flies forced me to run when I desperately wanted to walk. There were so many that they were bouncing off of my head and chest. So bring some DEET!

Friday, March 02, 2012

nice trail, lots of elevation changes for florida. a streach walks a small cliff overlooking the river. it was a little wet in lower parts of the trail. overall a nice loop.

3 months ago

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