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.
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.
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.
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.