Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma

4.3
#145 of 248 in Nature in Florida
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Little Manatee River State Park Reviews
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  • We had a great hike at this state park. The trails are marked pretty good. Although, wasn't too sure if we were going the right way to the lake, but we figured it out. You can fish there as well. They...  more »
  • We ventured to Little Manatee River State Park in January. If you want to "get away from it all," this is your place. It's only 30-site campground and one of the quietest we'd ever stayed in. We espec...  more »
  • North side of park has a 6.5 mile trail, with a cross link so you can just do about 3 miles. Trail build by the same people who do the Florida Trail (from Miami to Pensacola). Main park has camping (R...  more »
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  • Great park for camping and other activities. For hiking, there's a fairly short trail south of the river. North of the river, is the best trail to hike. It's over 6 miles, and not for the faint of heart. Luckily it's completely through the woods, over streams and tropical vegetation, as well as pine-type forest. One of the best long hikes I've been on in Tampa.
  • Rated as an easy trail.. But that doesn't mean wide and flat... There are tree roots to watch for.. sandy areas and spots where you have to step up or around things. Also, there are some areas where you could step off the trail to check out the sights. This is a really nice trail with several eco systems along the route. We went to the left and at about 1.6 miles there is a switchback trail that will effectively cut the walk in half (just in case the 6.5 miles is more than you want to do) At first you don't see the river much.. It's more of a rumor, but eventually things open up. We didn't see much wildlife this time (birds and an armadillo) but the route was scenic and enjoyable. We did the hike at the end of January and didn't notice much in the way of bugs.
  • Beautiful, best trail within an hour or so driving distance. Most are only a mile or two and this is 5+ so its a nice whole day trip. Best if walked not in the summer.
  • Walked the north trail. Access is 5$ cash only per car paid by an honor system. The trail is mostly flat, a bit sandy in spots with some roots to traverse. There are boardwalks and bridges over low spots. It is an easy walk unless you find uneven ground challenging. Very nice.
  • Great inland Florida park. Small campground with a river and nice hiking trails. The bath house was being remodeled while we were there so temporary facilities were provided. No problem with mosquitos although that was probably due to the time of year we were there, mid-February. Canoe and kayak are available for rental in the park and the river is slow enough to paddle up river without a problem. The park is not too far from a manatee viewing area near Apollo beach.
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