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.
The mission of The Center is to serve as a gathering place for the community to come together and make friends. The Center strives for excellence in meeting the human service needs of all those living on or nearby our barrier island. The Center is focused on the community and open to all.
Hillsborough River State Park provides resource-based recreation while preserving, interrupting and restoring natural and cultural resources. We offer a youth camp for youth organizations to provide a camping experience that fosters the Leave No Trace concepts. We offer Ranger and volunteer-led nature walks, campfire programs and interpretive programing. The park also offers hiking trails, biking trails, canoe rentals, swimming, 112 campsites, primitive camping and fishing.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park has a 1640 acre preserve and 3.2 miles of pristine beach front with over 40 imperiled plant and animal species. The park offers a wide variety of educational interpretive programming scheduled throughout the year. Topsail offers guided trail hikes, fishing clinics, natural and cultural resource outreach and education opportunities, arts and crafts, literacy programs, astronomy, geocaching and more.
Basecamp Apalach is a one stop guide service for educational tours in Franklin and Gulf counties. Our mission is to lead accessible explorations to singular destinations while providing inspiring experiences and instilling environmental sustainability ethics. Our tours emphasize best management practices for wildlife viewing, environmental education, as well as providing knowledge about the natural and cultural history of the Forgotten Coast. We offer walking tours, geocaching challenges, birding tours and kayak trips to local tributaries off the Apalachicola River Basin.