A linear hiking trail, the Upper Hillsborough River Hiking Trail meanders through pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, open fields, oak hammocks, and floodplain forests along the edge of the Hillsborough River basin.
Length: 4.6 miles
Lat-Long: North trailhead: 28.259000,-82.114133
Lat-Long South trailhead: 28.223017,-82.146133
Fees / Permits: free permit required for overnight camping
Difficulty: easy to moderate
Bug factor: moderate
In the fall, swallow-tailed kites gather in large numbers to migrate south from the Green Swamp to South America. Be aware of seasonal hunting in the area. Check www.myfwc.com for details and wear blaze orange during hunt dates.
From US 301 in Zephyrhills, take CR 54 east. After 2.4 miles, you reach CR 535 (Chauncey Rd). The northern trailhead is another 2.1 miles east on the right, across from CR 35. For the southern trailhead, turn right on CR 535 and drive 2 miles to the trailhead on the left.