Hike Pumpkin Hill

many thin pine trees and tall grasses litter an open forest area

Come wander the many miles of trails in Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park that connect you to a vast range of habitats from creeks and marshes to flatwoods and sandhills. Experience a leisurely hike along one of the 1.5-mile hiking loops or be adventurous and traverse the new Seven Creeks Trail. This cross-country trek will take you through four different preserves: Betz-Tiger Point, Pumpkin Hill Creek, Cedar Point and across the newly constructed bridge that spans Cedar Creek into the Timucuan Preserve. Trails heading west lead from the main parking lot to nearby Jim Wingate and Bogey Creek preserves. Each trail offers beautiful sights and enchanting sounds along the way. Enjoy a hike, bike ride or horseback ride with an assortment of opportunities and routes.

If you are searching for views of the namesake creek of the preserve, two short access trails along Pumpkin Hill Road can take you there. The first one you will come upon is the South Creek Overlook Trail, located directly across from the main parking lot. This trail is a short 0.2 miles with a bench at the end for your enjoyment while you enjoy the beauty and wonder of the Pumpkin Hill Creek and its salt marsh.

The North Creek Overlook is 1/4 mile up the road and a brief 0.1 mile long. This vista is capped by a large live oak providing shade for your stay. Both overlooks are great fishing locations for those who want a more private fishing experience with an enjoyable walk.

If you want to get away from the noises and lights of the city, take a walk in Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park. The sounds of nature and the feel of a warm breeze in the marsh will transform any who visit this special place.