Campground Facilities Notice: Until further notice, temporary bathhouse trailers are provided for use in the campground. The campground bathhouse at Little Manatee River State Park is closed and will be replaced. This project may...
Sandhill Cranes with Baby
Flowers on the Little Manatee River
Manatee in Little Manatee River
Gopher tortoise
Canoeing on Little Manatee River
Egrets in Depression Marsh
Dude Lake
Hiking Trail Boardwalk Through Fern Forest
Sandhill Cranes with Baby in Marsh
Flowers on Little Manatee River, Slenderleaf false dragonhead
Little Manatee River, Manatee
Gopher tortoise, Little Manatee River State Park
Canoeing Little Manatee River
Little Manatee River, wetlands, depression marsh, egrets
Little Manatee River State Park, Dude Lake
Hiking Trail Boardwalk, Ferns, Little Manatee River State Park

Some content on this website is saved in an alternative format. To view these files, download the following free software or you can skip to the main content if you already have the appropriate readers.

  • Use Adobe Acrobat to read Portable Document Format (PDF) files: Download Adobe® Reader®
  • Microsoft Word file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS- Word or have another version of MS-Word to open and view MS-Word files: Download Word file Viewer
  • Microsoft offers Microsoft Excel file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Excel or have another version of MS-Excel to view MS-Excel files:Download Excel file viewer

Little Manatee River State Park

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.  Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the rare ecosystems found within the park, including sand pine and oak scrub and oxbow wetlands, which can be explored by hiking, canoeing, horseback riding or camping at Little Manatee River State Park.  The Little Manatee River flows for 4.5 miles, through eleven unique natural communities within the park.  The park boasts one of the premier hiking trails of Southwest Florida, a 6.5 mile stacked loop located in the wilderness area in north half of the park.  The Oxbow Nature Trail, accessible from the main picnic area in the south half of the park, makes a one mile loop along scrub ridges that skirt the main river and an oxbow wetland.  In addition, over 15 miles of equestrian and multi-use trails meander through the southern half of the park. 

Come picnic in one of the riverside pavilions or stay for the night in the full facility campground.  Little Manatee River State Park is one of the best kept secrets of Hillsborough Countywith a little something for everyone.

Directions to this Park

Little Manatee River State Park is featured on the Firsthand Florida Fun Blog. Experience this park with Erika Z.’s YouTube video and check out past blog posts from other Florida State Parks.


Open Larger Map for little manatee river State Park

Additional Info