Under a tight-knit canopy of live oaks, Trout Creek Nature Park provides a pleasant place for a family picnic and a nature walk along the floodplain of the Hillsborough River.
Length: 0.8 miles
Lat-Long: 28.092250, -82.348083
Fees / Permits: $2 per vehicle
Bug factor: moderate to high
Open sunrise to sunset. No dogs or bicycles are permitted on the boardwalk.
From I-75 exit 266, follow Morris Bridge Rd (CR 579) north 1 mile to the park entrance on the left.
Start your walk near the restrooms to follow the river to a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk that provides nice views and a place for anglers to cast a line. As the boardwalk ends, turn left to follow a footpath paralleling the parking lot to the “Nature Trail” sign behind the first picnic pavilion on your left.
The 0.7 mile loop rambles through a shady oak hammock with an open understory of saw palmetto, into pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, and along the edge of the floodplain forest. There are numerous connectors to the other side of the loop; to stay on the main loop, watch for the nature trail signs.