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Little Manatee River State Park

 About Little Manatee River State Park

Looking along the water trees reflect in the water.


Christy Burch


Little Manatee River State Park is gearing up for our winter programming which will include guided hiking tours on Saturdays at 1pm and campfire programs for overnight guests on Saturday night at 7:30pm. Camper Coffee Social is also held every Wednesday morning at 8:30am located at the campfire circle in the campground.

A new special event is coming to the park! Saturday, April 12th from 9am to 4pm we will hold our First Annual Spring Fling Fest. This event will feature conservation and envrionmental exhibitors from the Tampa Bay Area, youth activities for all ages, ranger led guided hikes, live music, food and fun. Vehicle entry fee of $5.00 per vehicle applies.

For more information about the 1st Annual Spring Fling Fest please contact the ranger station at 813-671-5005.

 We will also be hosting our 2nd annual Real Florida Run Series finale that day as well. Runners from across the state will be competing in 5K or 10K race. To register as a runner for this event please visit

For more information regarding the real florida run series please contact Arielle Poulos at 293-344-5686

Volunteer Opportunities - If you enjoy working with people and in the outdoors then give the ranger station a call at 813-671-5005 and ask for me, Christy Burch, Park Manager. The park is in need of some hard working, enthusiastic, self-motivated volunteers that have an interest in visitor services, grounds maintenance and trail maintenance. If you think you have what it takes then we would love to have you as a park volunteer.

Come visit the "Real Florida"

Christy Burch, Park Manager 


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Little Manatee River State Park is located four miles south of Sun City Center, off U.S. 301 on Lightfoot Road. From Tampa: I¿75 South to Exit 240A, East to U.S. 301, Then South 4 miles, Turn Right onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Sarasota/Bradenton: I-75 North to Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right From Pinellas County: I-275 South, cross the Skyway Bridge to I-75 North, Exit 229, East to U.S. 301, Then North 6 miles, Turn Left onto Lightfoot Road, Park is on the Right




  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are permitted in the campground and throughout the picnic area on a six-foot handheld leash. Pets are prohibited on all nature trails. There is a $2.00 fee per night for pet camping and owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination.