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Edward Medard Regional Park, Plant City

(70+ reviews on the web)
Nature / Park
Located on what was once a phosphate mining site, the Park offers unique topography with elevation changes that have become very popular for children’s play. A 3-mile trail that is accessible (dry) most of the year offers equestrians and hikers a pleasant trip through pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks.

The park's main attraction is a 700-acre reservoir used for canoeing, boating and fishing. The boat launch offers boaters a number of boat slips with plenty of docks.

For overnight stays, the Park has 40 slot style campsites to accommodate both RV and primitive camping, including 2 group sites. All campsites are full service, each providing a picnic table, 30 amp electrical hook-ups, a fire ring, water and valet roadside trash service. Public restrooms with showers and an RV dump station are also available.

Edward Medard Park also offers 14 picnic shelters each with 1 grill, a boardwalk, a playground, conoe & kayak rentals, floating dock, 2 beach volleyball courts and an observation platform overlooking the reservoir.

Unique to Edward Medard Park is a new disc golf course. Although the course has not yet been dedicated, and staff are adding finishing touches, the course is now open to the public. Disc golf is similar in objective to traditional golf; the goal is to complete each hole with the fewest attempts. In this game, however, players throw specially made plastic flying discs at above ground targets instead of using clubs to direct balls to holes in the ground!

*To view reviews of the disc golf course visit the link below*

http://www.dgcoursereview.com/reviews.php?id=4568&mode=rev#36863

Hours: Spring/Summer 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Fall/Winter 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fees:

- Entry: $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people and $1 each additional person

- Boat Launch: $5 per boat trailer

- Annual Pass: $50 individual, $100 family *Click link below for Annual Pass Form*

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/parks/resources/forms/AnnualPass.pdf

- Shelter Rental: $40/day, small shelter; $70/day, medium shelter

- Campsites: $24 per night, $18 per night for seniors

- Camping is on a first come, first served basis; Reservations are not accepted. *Campers must register with the office before taking a campsite*

- Conoe & Kayay Rentals - $25 for 4 hours

Activities & Features: Bird watching, Voleyball, Boardwalk, Overlook, Disc Golf, Equestrian Trail, Hiking, Nature Study, Picnic Area, Playground, Unique topography.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I was lucky enough to visit while the gators are in mating season , to see and hear the male calling the female . Then the area where the roots from the trees you can climb. Amazing park and great pla...  more »
  • Wonderful view of Birds and wild life. Good fishing. Great place for kids in the pay area and for parties. Boat ramp and close to gas and food. Nice shaded areas for your next event  more »
  • This is a great place for picnics family gathering and fishing something for everyone hiking trails kids can run and play not very expensive great outdoors  more »
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  • Not a bad park...but my sisters dog got eaten by an alligator a couple months ago and the gators are very aggressive (not the first incident)...she was by the canoe area..just be cautious, happy it was not a child but heart broken the gator came out of nowhere. We are aware of the gator "signs" just pray that no one else gets hurt or are unaware of the dangers..
  • I've been going here since I was young. It's a huge part of my childhood! Amazing hills with visible tree roots are iconic, great disc golf course, nice boardwalk where I always see alligators and birds, really beautiful place to take nature photos and there are a couple little trails where you can get some alone time and quiet with nature. Highly recommend!!!
  • Price wasn't terrible, but there were a GROSS amount of flies at our campsite. No exaggeration, there were hundreds the entire visit. Can't blame it on food/trash cuz the flies were there before we even had the chance to eat.. No refund or willingness to help by staff.
  • Great place for an family outing, camping, hiking etc. Very scenic and charming. The trees have roots that come up probably from erosion but its a cool thing to witness, reminds me of harry potter trees.
  • Beautiful park with plenty of open space. The shelters have lovely water views. This was my first visit to the park, but not my last.