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The park offers two stalls per campsite for those camping in the park with their horses. There are 12 miles of trails for riders to enjoy. Our campground facilities are conveniently located for easy access by campers. What better way to enjoy a picnic in Florida than to have it in a fully-screened pavilion. The road to the campground has had a face lift. Paving began the summer of 2009.
Little Manatee River State Park
Commonly referred to by park personnel as The Point, this lovely location on the Little Manatee River is a favorite spot.

History and Culture

Purchased in 1974 to provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities in the Tampa Bay region, this park has a variety of natural plant communities. These areas vary from the floodplain forest and low-lying hammocks near the river to the dry uplands characterized by sand pine scrub and scrubby flatwoods communities. Intermediate elevations feature pine flatwoods. Circular depressions in the flatwoods soils are occupied by grassy marshes or dome-shaped cypress swamps.

A 1986 newspaper article describes the effort by park staff and volunteers to design horse trails in Little Manatee River State Park.

Beginnings

Members of the Triple B Riding Club, a local equestrian club, join with park staff to map out trails in the park for horseback riders.

This is the original barn built by The Friends of the Little Manatee.

First Horse Stalls

As camping with horses became a popular activity in the park, the Community Service Organization (CSO), Friends of the Little Manatee, supported the park by building stalls for campers with horses.

Construction of amphitheater.

Amphitheater

With future plans for interpretive programs and camper activities in the works, folks decided an amphitheater was needed. Nestled in the forest next to the campground, this outdoor theater is a perfect location for presentations, movies or meetings.

Staff working on new ranger station.

Ranger Station

Park staff work hard to ready the new Ranger Station for its opening.

Volunteers and staff installing lines for new campsites.

Staff at Work

Volunteers are crucial to getting the job done in Florida State Parks. As the park grew in popularity, so did the need for more campsites. Staff and volunteers added four equestrian campsites to the park's existing campsites.