This is a regional park with five recreation areas that provide
access to the creeks and forest surrounding the Hillsborough
River. Four of these sites provide good wildlife watching,
including one that allows exploration of uplands, while the others
offer boardwalks through wetlands and canoe launch
Look for herons, ibis, limpkins, egrets, turtles, alligators, and
river otters from a canoe. Red-shouldered hawks, barred owls, and
pileated woodpeckers are common in the floodplain forest. If you
observe quietly near the water's edge, you may see wild turkey,
white-tailed deer, or wild hogs.
Southwest Florida Water Management District; managed by
Flatwoods Park (813) 987-6211, Morris Bridge (813) 987-6209, Trout
Creek Park (813) 987-6200 , John B. Sargeant Memorial Park (813)
These parks are located approximately 12 miles north of Tampa, east
of Interstate 75.
Central Florida Wildlife Sites