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Little Manatee River State Park

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215 Lightfoot Road
Wimauma, Florida 33598

(813) 671-5005

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Dense trees and shrubs line the edge of the water.

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Canoes & kayaks are available for rent and can be launched at the parks designated canoe beach. Due to safety concerns the canoe launch near the day-use area and youth camp area are closed as well as the second loop of the hiking trail. The first loop of the hiking trail is open. Personal canoes & kayaks can also be launched from the canoe beach after carrying them a relatively short distance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 Welcome to Little Manatee River State Park

The Little Manatee River begins in a swampy area near Fort Lonesome and flows almost 40 miles before emptying into Tampa Bay. The river has been designated an Outstanding Florida Water and is part of the Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve. Visitors can fish along the banks of the river. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy hiking a six-and-a-half mile trail through the park's northern wilderness area. For those who prefer their hikes on horseback, the park has 12 miles of equestrian trails and four equestrian campsites. Campers can spend the night in a full-facility campground or hike out to a primitive campsite along the trail. A youth/group campground accommodates up to 20 people. The scenic picnic area along the river has tables, grills, and pavilions. Pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Located five miles south of Sun City, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road.