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Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma
(4.3/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web)
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  • Very little else in this area to "tourist" at. The exhibit is really very nice. Do not bother going unless the weather is chilly, the manatees come to this location because of the warm water of the po...  more »
  • Been hiking here several times, has some great shady trails along the river. We use the entrance off the road, there is a good 6 mile loop, no bathrooms on that loop so be prepared! 
  • My husband and I stayed here twice. Beautiful park with lots of trails. The water is so clear in the Little Manatee River you see to the bottom. Which came in handy keeping a look out for alligators! ...  more »
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  • Make sure to call ahead parts of the trail are sometimes closed off secondary to flooding. Trails are sand which I prefer and more than 75% of the hike off of highway 301 is shaded by tree canopy. Trails are clearly marked and numbered. Great spot to experience nature and take a stroll.
  • A great hidden gem! The park had wonderful walking paths that provided shade (much needed in FL!), interesting foliage, and wonderful views of the Little Manatee River. The Ranger at the gate was very friendly and gave a thorough explanation of the park. Plenty of places to picnic. Canoe and kayak rentals available. Clean bathrooms too!
  • Great place to kayak or canoe, trails are sugar sand and aren't really shaded. We didn't find a fishing spot. Took the trails off of 301 which lead around the river to the other side of the main park .... awesome time and a little treat to cool down when you get to Cypress Creek. Was a great day.
  • We discovered this park when we took a break while kayaking down the Little Manatee River. We walked from the river a short distance past a couple pavillions to a playground. Went back to check out the park and for a picnic after the Canoe Outpost people took us back to our car after a wonderful trip down the river. We would have been extremely disappointed if we would have come here for our kayaking. Thank goodness we found out about the Canoe Outpost on 301 just south of Sun City Center. We launched there and paddled about 3 hours down this unspoiled River. As far as Florida state parks go this one is best described as "very natural" or better yet as "not very improved". The map we got at the entrance was pretty bad, a photocopied map someone had drawn. We assumed this was a brand new park and thought that explained the lack of any information, either visitor center or signage to educate us about the park. The park is large with a rather sad play ground and a neglected parking lot way off somewhere down that long, long road circling the park. There was a campground that seemed to have most sites occupied. I would recommend this park for those that want a very remote hiking experience (mostly unshaded) on sand, not paved trails and maybe equestrians. The canoe access from the park was extremely poor and unimproved. If you put in here you will have to paddle back up River to the same spot to get out. No designated swimming area. There are a few large pavillions near the river, but you would have to carry your coolers, etc quite a way on sand trails to get to them. This park has great potential to be more visitor friendly. Will visit it again sometime to give it another chance.
  • This great little park is just a hop skip and a jump from Sarasota. we stayed there on many occasions just in the tent camping. It's quiet reserved friendly clean everything you want for your temporary home.