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Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, New Port Richey

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  • beautiful park. lots of birds and other wildlife to see . park ranger helpful , great trails. good place to let kids run off steam  more »
  • Bicycle trails that connect , hiking trails, camping tents , group camping, or cabins, picnics, playground, family get togethers. Nature at its best. We live our Satrky Park. Be sure to stop at the Ra...  more »
  • Love going to Starkey for the plethora of trails (hiking & biking). Recently went to a work celebration at one of the pavilions and it was fantastic. Very spacious with a large grill and serving area,...  more »
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  • The trails are quite long and do not have water accessible, so bring your own water. Trails go through dense shrubs and forests. There are separate trails for hiking and cycling. There is a historic area displaying remnants of the natives. The parking is very accessible and available.
  • This is a beautiful park. Best place around for picnics, cycling and walking your dog. They have great walking trails and plenty of picnic tables and charcoal grills. There is also a playground for children. There are covered pavilions that your can reserve for family get togethers or birthday parties.
  • I've been going to Starkey Park for years, and I've never had a bad experience there. Ever. I'm a bit surprised by a couple of the negative reviews, especially the one complaining about the mosquitos. This is a WILDERNESS PARK... not a theme park. Of course there are bugs. There are also snakes, wild boar, alligators, deer, turtles, and even MORE bugs. The beauty of this park is that it's NATURAL. Bring bug spray and a bandanna to cover your mouth and nose during really buggy times. And yes, there is a $2.00 parking fee. So what? How much did you spend on the way to the park, getting drinks and snacks? Sorry to be blunt, but it's fairer for those who use the park to pay than to tax everyone. The bike path is really well maintained, with shaded rest stops and water coolers spread out along the way (I do carry two bottles of water on my bike, as should everyone, just in case those before you have drunk all the water. The bike path connects to the Suncoast Trail, so it's really easy for me to get in a 25-30 mile ride after work. I always advise carrying a little more gear than most people do, like a first aid kit, poncho, bandanna, and clear glasses (to keep the bugs out of your eyes when the light is too dim for sunglasses). I pack a light dinner of fruit, bread, and peanut butter, and have a much more enjoyable evening than I would just sitting around watching TV. It's nature, and it's great... enjoy it! UPDATE: Since I wrote my review, they have added off pavement bike trails (I haven't tried them yet) and numbered location markers on the bike trail, every hundred feet or so. In case of a bike accident or medical emergency, getting help quickly is important, and I'm glad to see these bright yellow markers on the trail.
  • Excellent nature park/preserve. Great for hiking, just bring plenty of water. They also have a 13 mile paved bike trail.
  • Can't go wrong with this park. Camping area hiking trails and biking trails. It has group camping and primitive of camping the reservation process is a little difficult. They have Loop hiking trails and I a through Trail to the Suncoast walking trail. They have picnic areas and a Fort playground. Most of the Rangers are very helpful and nice and the amenities are kept clean. They keep the water coolers full but always carry water with you.