Explore the most popular forest trails near Tampa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We took our kids here last week for a nature walk and were pleased to find a good combination of wilderness and easy walking trails! The trailhead is a good walk away from the parking area. Walk down the road to the sidewalk and then go a ways down the sidewalk. You will be able to see a boardwalk through the brush before you can see the trail entrance. There is a map on the bulletin board and I would suggest snapping a photo of it before you go! We missed the blue blaze in the beginning and ended up going on the wrong trail, but all in all it was a fun hike!

mountain biking
7 days ago

Great Place to ride

mountain biking
7 days ago

Great Place is connected to several other parks for some long rides

Nice place lots of other trails to hike too

spent 20 minutes trying to find a trail head before we gave up.

mountain biking
28 days ago

Had a great bike ride on Morris Bridge Bike Trail today. The weather was great, though hot. The trail is through some stunning landscapes, varying from pint scrub to oak forest and cypress swamp. Most of the five miles of the main trail we did was dry and easy, though we hit some rough and muddy patches. Lots of evidence of feral pigs rooting near the trail, but we didn’t see any.

nature trips
1 month ago

Maintained nice and had a neat little learning facility for my little one.

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.

Loved it..

Great running trail!

Both loops and the spur are open now, with minimal water on the ground for all the rain we just had.

Only the preserve loop is open right now as of April 2018. So that is the loop on the right. It is marked on the map in the parking lot. Also the trail head is kind of hidden but it is also marked on the map. Did the whole loop today, it was about 2 miles starting from the parking lot and back. The trail is marked well. Didn’t run into any wildlife either. It was actually pretty peaceful. Nice little walk.

extremely nice trail..

Perfect 7mi loop to run and bike on

4 months ago

It’s a good little stroll combined with the other trails that are nearby in the same park. There was a bench overlooking the water. That was relaxing. Was able to sit down and read a little while. Very private. Bring bug spray!

Nice area but trails could be a little better marked. Saw an armadillo. Fun!

4 months ago

It was a good and well-taken-care-of trail, but it would be great for there to be a few toilets out on the trail in case of emergencies.

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

Beautiful trail. Plenty of birds and wildlife. The blue loop is well marked but be careful on the yellow loop. You can easily go off trail like I did. The maps to the trail are kept in the black box on the trail information board in the parking. The yellow loop extends into other sections that are not marked on the map.

I would like to try this trail again, but with a good GPS. The trail is not marked well at all. As a matter of fact, I never did find the trailhead entrance. Then after I found the trail, there were 3 different unmarked path choices at one point, and discovered later that’s were I went off trail. It took me about an hour to backtrack. I would have enjoyed it so much more if it was clearly marked. The scenery is very pretty and it isn’t crowded at all, actually very isolated.

5 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.

Hard to find the trailhead from the parking lot, but once there the Hardwood Forest Loop and Cypress Spur were our favorites. Noah was a tree-climbing, vine-swinging fool out there.

Hidden gem in Pasco County

Fun, great place to take pictures.

trail running
6 months ago

Very nice run this morning. Easy trail but you should pay close attention to the many trail markers.

It was amazing

8 months ago

Three short trails can be combined. There are also canoe rentals available next to the nature center. Nice saltwater aquariums in the center.

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

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.

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.

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