Purchased by Hillsborough County as conservation land in a rapidly developing area, Pebble Park protects over 25 acres of land near the mouth of the Alafia River south of Tampa.
Accessibility is key, as the property features a network of paved trails and a sidewalk, with plans to extend a walkway out to the river.
It is a refuge for native animals. Kingfishers, egrets, and herons inhabit a small pond and unspoiled shorelines. Gopher tortoises dig burrows in a wide sunny area of former sandhill habitat.
A variety of native trees, flowers, and grasses have been planted throughout the park. Future ecological restoration is planned.
Resources for exploring the area
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Length: 0.8 mile in two loops (expansion planned)
Trailhead: 27.866875, -82.337884
Address: 9955 Riverview Dr, Riverview, FL 33578
Land manager: Hillsborough County
Open 8:00 AM- 7:00 PM Spring and Summer, 8:00 AM -6:00 PM Fall and Winter. Dogs are allowed on a leash.
From the Interstate 75 exit for Gibsonton Dr in Riverview, head east on Gibsonton Dr for one mile then turn left onto US 301 N. In one mile, turn left onto Riverview Dr. At the traffic circle in one mile, take the second right onto the driveway for the park.
About the Park
Developed as an inviting space within natural setting, a short road leads towards the center of the property, showcasing the landscape while offering a variety of places to park.
Three ADA accessible pavilions are situated a short distance from the restrooms, alongside an information kiosk.
A wide, concrete sidewalk connects the parking area to a paved loop at the south end and towards the entrance on the north side, leading into adjacent neighborhoods.
The paved loop is slightly over 0.3 mile in length. It meanders around a grassy field dotted with young cabbage palms, cypress, and red maple.
Red blazes lead along a dirt pathway under a dense hardwood canopy on the northwest corner of the park.
The red trail is 0.4 mile in length, immersing nature enthusiasts in a jungle of oaks, cabbage palms, pine, saw palmetto, beautyberries.
Nearly hidden alongside the south end of the red trail is a garden of native plants shaped like a butterfly.
This garden was constructed with bricks that were discovered underneath the road at the entrance to the park while constructing a new roundabout.
Featuring firebush, beach sunflower, and porterweed among others, this arrangement attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to the park.
A virtual walk through Pebble Park
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