Little Manatee River State Park
North Hiking Trail Loop 2 Closure
Loop 2 of the 6.5 mile North Hiking Trail will be closed for maintenance until further notice. Loop 1 remains open for hiking; visitors can expect some overhanging vegetation, short stretches of mud and occasional standing water.
Campground Facilities Notice
The campground bathhouse is closed and will be replaced, so until further notice, temporary bathhouse trailers are provided for use in the campground. This project may take longer than anticipated due to hurricane damage repairs, however it remains a high priority and will be addressed as quickly as possible. The restrooms at the river steps and picnic area remain open for use.
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.
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 County with a little something for everyone.
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