From a friend, I learned about a relatively new park near downtown New Port Richey, called the James E. Grey Preserve. En route to a business meeting last week, I couldn’t resist the temptation to go walk the trails. What a surprise!
An extensive boardwalk follows the sinuous path of the Pithlachascotee River, creating the well-shaded Palmetto Loop, which has beautiful overlooks along the river and an oxbow lake on the opposite side. A secondary loop provides a walk through an upland scrub habitat, where roserush and tarflower were blooming in abundance. It was a delightful find with slightly under 2 miles of hiking, and certainly worthy of possible inclusion in the new 50 Hikes in Central Florida. Watch Florida Hikes! for the results!