Relax with the family at this developed county park within Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve, which offers an easy nature trail and boardwalk with its picnic area.
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Length: 0.8 mile loop
Trailhead: 28.092250, -82.348083
Address: 12550 Morris Bridge Rd, Thonotosassa FL 33592
Fees: $2 per person day use fee
Restroom: near the picnic area
Land manager: Hillsborough County
Open sunrise to sunset. Leashed dogs welcome but do not take them on the boardwalk. Picnic area provided.
Paddlers are welcome to hand-launch to enjoy the Hillsborough River Canoe Trail. Trout Creek itself is a little ways upriver from the launch, and is often too shallow to paddle.
The trail system here connects to the Wilderness Park Off Road Trails System, singletrack trails for off-road cycling running between Morris Bridge Park and a trailhead just south of this park.
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.
It continues through 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.
See our photos of Trout Creek Park
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
Immersing you in the floodplain forest of the Hillsborough River, Morris Bridge Park has a short but beautiful boardwalk amid the deep shade of tall cypresses and oaks. Each twist and turn presents a different panorama of the swamp.