The purpose of Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve is to protect the natural ecology of over 46,000 acres of lands and waters and over 6,000 years of human history along the St. Johns and Nassau Rivers in northeast Florida. We offer a variety of special programs and events for the public throughout the year. These include education programs for schools, volunteer work days, seasonal night hikes, and living history events.
Little Manatee River State Park is a hidden gem in southern Hillsborough County, offering opportunities for wildlife viewing and exploration by canoe, foot, or horseback. The Little Manatee River winds through the park with many oxbows, twists and turns to explore. A 6.5 mile Hiking Trail loops through six unique natural communities, offering scenic river overlooks and a surprise around every bend. Come for the day, or make reservations to camp overnight.
This jewel of a park is a great place to get away for a weekend or a week-long vacation. Picnic facilities and a swimming area are located near the scenic point where the Ochlockonee and Dead Rivers intersect. Ochlockonee, which means "yellow waters," is a mix of brackish, tidal surge, and fresh water. Pristine and deep, the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. Trails allow visitors to explore the park and see the diverse wildlife, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, and natural communities such as pine flatwoods and oak thickets. A boat ramp provides easy access to the river.
Withlacoochee River Park is a wilderness park within the Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Department. The departments mission is to improve the quality of life for Pasco County citizens by providing excellent parks and recreation facilities and program opportunities for everyone to enjoy. The park is situated on over 450 acres of natural Florida wilderness. Visitors can experience the pleasures of bird watching, hiking, camping, fishing, canoeing/kayaking and relaxing with nature. The park is open seven days a week from 7:00 am until dusk; there is a $2 parking fee.
Rare scrub habitat, saved forever. Florida scrub habitat covers 63% of Yamato Scrub. A 10-acre basin marsh is located in the northern portion of the 217-acre natural area. Bridges across canals and a tunnel underneath Clint Moore Road allow for easy access to more than three miles of hiking trails. Bicyclists can enjoy a view of the scrub from the western perimeter of the site on the multiuse El Rio Trail.
This One's for the Birds. This 548-acre natural area contains mesic flatwoods, hydric hammock, depression marsh, wet prairie, and dome swamp. Several areas were cleared for agricultural purposes and have been restored to shallow-water and deep-water marshes. Birdlife is abundant with bald eagles, anhingas, green herons, belted kingfishers, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, and loggerhead shrikes making appearances. Bring your kayak or canoe to paddle at this urban wetland.
Creating habitat in a busy city. This 118-acre wetland restoration project created 11 acres of mangroves and 2 acres of oyster reefs within the Lake Worth Lagoon, along the shoreline in downtown Lake Worth. Public use facilities include a boardwalk, kayak launch, and floating dock. Restrooms are available at Bryant Park. Bring your binoculars to see an American oystercatcher, one of the many shorebirds who call these islands "home since" 2005.