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Old Fort King Trail is a 13.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Thonotosassa, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 13.3 mi Elevation gain 108 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Muddy

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Getting There

Note: $2 parking fee. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk trail. The Old Fort King Trail is trail located near Hillsborough River State Park. The trail is split up amongst a 2 mile paved portion and 8 mile rough terrain portion. there is also a off road trail that runs along the paved portion for horses.

Parking is available at the John B Sargeant Sr Park. There is a $2.00 parking fee with bathrooms onsite.

Drive on US 301 until you see the John B Sargeant Sr Park.

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Reviews (63)
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Recordings (58)
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Jamie Jacques
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HikingBugsFee

awesome walk

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Kai Holyoke
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HikingBugsOff trail

Great trail! Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk trail, so my pup and I did the off-road areas to the left & right of the boardwalk. We saw a lot of wildlife- turtles, gators, etc. I will say that, as a born n raised Floridian, the bugs here seemed more relentless than normal- they even followed us all the way into the car! Probably would’ve stayed longer if I would’ve been more prepared to face the mosquito swarms. Will likely revisit in the future.

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Ger C
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HikingBugsFeeMuddy

$2 fee to park. Nice trail mostly shaded or partially shaded. First 2+ miles on a paved path but there is also horse trail alongside most of those 2 miles you can walk on instead of the paved part. Some bugs around water and muddy areas but nothing that can’t be avoided stepping in. Bathroom at the starting point parking lot, water fountain at the very end. Park closes at sundown and the lock the gates so make sure you are back to your car before the close the gates if going in the afternoon.

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Gwen Coleman
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Hiking

Good simple to navigate trail if you really just need a couple hours to walk. Some parts are unshaded, but pay attention at bridges for trail heads that lead to an unpaved/wooded hiking trail that is shady and snakes along a small creek. I saw lots of wildflowers and butterflies. Overall nice trail.

Cassandra R.
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Knights OfTampa
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Hiking

Trail was basically a road. Plenty of wildlife, including a feral hog that cut our hike short.

Cassandra R.
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Hiking

I did a one-way southbound hike along trail, with geocaching stops along the way. Late September, trail has some avoidable muddy areas, plus one small stream crossing that requires getting at least one foot wet. I would have given it a better reading of not for the paved section that is a killer on the feet. I actually hiked most of it in the grass along the side where I could. I would rate it about 60-70% shaded which is a Florida godsend.

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Valorie Heickley
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Hiking

Nice trails well covered

Clayton Shiver
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Mountain biking

The bridges have been fixed on the paved side. On the off road portion there is a few trees across the trail some have a path around and some make you climb over them. There is a creek around mile 5 that is 1-2 foot deep but it’s crossable. Past that it gets very messy and pretty much impassable without walking your bike through. The standing water looks shallow but there are some very deep holes. The challenges make the ride pretty fun.

Scott Hennarty
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Bridge is out for repair. Only a small portion is open.

Norma Smith
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Mountain biking

rode bikes. nice trail geocaching

Mark Teague
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Mountain biking

Nice ride

Nathan Applebaum
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Running

Trail bridges are closed on the paved portion and trees have fallen and blocked the path through the woods... very disappointing

Todd Griggs
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was a nice walk until we found out the bridge was closed till further notice so turned around only got 2 miles in

Ron Frankford
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Hiking

Attempted to do Hillsborough River however the trail was too muddy. Old Fort King still had a lot of trees down over the trail which required climbing over or under. Seen a few alligators and lots of birds, nice trail.

Kay User
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Backpacking

I only had time for a 3.75 walk but all in all it was very nice. Only 0.5 miles are paved and there is a wide "shoulder" you can walk on. It's an equine trail so most is shaded which is great for the summers here. I want to do the next segment which looks almost all wooded.

Rob Norm
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Hiking

The trail isn't bad but the road walking sucks. There are two ways you can skip the paved walkway. There is a horse trail that parallels the paved trail. The other is you can park two miles up at the end of the paved trail.

Arpie Rodgers
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had nice boardwalk out to river which was short walk. trails were just okay, obviously this area is geared more toward horseback and bike riding rather than hiking. there is a nice boat/canoe launch right at main parking area.

Al M.
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Running

Trail ran this one out and back, starts off on pavement then dirt trail, cross a street/highway two times each way (they have the buttons to push to stop traffic). We went 2 days after it rained so there were some large puddles (just over my ankles at some of them) that ran off into the woods on each side of trail, no way around but through them. If you want to do the whole trail make sure to check the weather and dress accordingly, if it has rained in the past week you will be walking through some deep mud or water. There are some parts of this trail that are open but most of the trail is covered with a tree canopy from sun beating down on you. I'll be definitely going back to do this trail again. Flat and fast for trail running.

Bob Salyers
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Road biking

Trail was mud in places and cross a small stream. Started at Hillsborough River SP on a bike.

Wes R.
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Very nicely laid out. My son and I hiked it twice in two days. A lot of off chutes into the woods that were a nice off the beaten path adventure.

Kenneth Brandt
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Mountain biking
First to Review

The trail begins at the John B Sargeant Sr Park. There I paid $2.00 to park my vehicle. Once you begin the trail you have to cross US 301 there are warning lights installed to warn drivers but you still have to be very careful. A little over 2 miles later you once again have to cross the street and that is where the pavement ends and the off road portion begins. When I first started the trail I did not know about the off road portion and I was a little surprised. It had just finished raining so the ground was very wet and made biking difficult. The park located at the trail head has bathrooms and plenty of parking and there are also benches located along the paved portion of the track.

Kaitlyn Walker
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Beryle Simmons
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Hiking
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Matt Grace
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Mountain biking
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Ian Smith
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