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Little Manatee River State Park

 Activities at Little Manatee River State Park

Campfire Circles

Campfire Circles

Join our camping community around the fire circle.

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

The secluded camping area is nestled in a sand pine forest located away from the busier areas of the park. Full RV camping is provided in 34 campsites with full hook-up, four of which are specifically designed for horse camping. (Negative Coggins required for all horses). Each site is equipped with electricity, water, a fire ring and picnic table. Sites are separated by native Florida plants, affording campers privacy from other campsites. Well behaved pets are welcome in the campground.

The park offers full showers in the restrooms. A washer and dryer are available for registered campers. Camp hosts are available in the camping area if you should have any questions. Exhibits are located throughout the park and there are many planned activities year-round.

Maximum RV length = 68 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

The secluded camping area is nestled in a sand pine forest located away from the busier areas of the park. Full RV camping is provided in 34 campsites with full hook-up, four of which are specifically designed for horse camping. (Negative Coggins required for all horses). Each site is equipped with electricity, water, a fire ring and picnic table. Two ADA accessible campsites are available. Sites are separated by native Florida plants, affording campers privacy from other campsites. Well behaved pets are welcome in the campground.

The park offers full showers in the restrooms. A washer and dryer are available for registered campers. Camp hosts are available in the camping area if you should have any questions. Exhibits are located throughout the park and there are many planned activities year-round.

Maximum RV length = 60 ft.

Reservations: Reservations may be made up to 11 months in advance through ReserveAmerica. Book Online or call (800) 326-3521 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) or TDD (888) 433-0287.

Camping, Primitive

Camping, Primitive

A primitive camp, located along the hiking trail, accommodates up to 12 people. The campsite requires a 2.5 mile hike. A picnic table and a fire ring are available. Call the park for reservations at (813) 671-5005.

Camping, Youth

Camping, Youth

The primitive youth camping area at Little Manatee River can accommodate up to 20 people. A picnic table and fire rings are available at the site. Restrooms are located in the park, about a quarter of a mile from the youth campsite. To make reservations call the park at (813) 671-5005.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Visitors can explore the river by canoe and observe the area's scenic beauty and wildlife. Canoes are available for rent.

Participation Requirements

Fishing

Fishing

Freshwater fishing opportunities include bass, bream and catfish. A Florida freshwater fishing license may be required. 

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

A 6.5-mile hiking trail that meanders through a diversity of habitats is available in the park's northern wilderness area.  A primitive camp, located along the trail, is available by reservation only. 

Little Manatee River State Park's nature trails have been designated as the area's best hiking trails. The Florida National Scenic Trail runs through Little Manatee River State Park and is maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

Participation Requirements

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

The park has a 12 mile equestrian trail and four equestrian campsites. Each site features two stalls. Dogs are not allowed on the equestrian trail.

Participation Requirements

Pets

Pets

Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Tethered pets must not be left unattended for more than 30 minutes. Quiet hours must be observed from 11:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the camper being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the campground.

Picnicking

Picnicking

Picnic tables and pavillions are available in the picnic area along the river. Pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first come basis.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited.

Playground

Playground

For added enjoyment, the park has a children's playground. Please monitor the website for more information on what is available at the playground.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Restroom facilities are available in the park. All restroom facilities are ADA accessible.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Little Manatee River runs through the park and it is an excellent location to observe bird life and other animals.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife viewing is possible at this park