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Brooker Creek Headwaters Preserve

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info


Jun 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? C *
Birding C *
Wildlife B
Summer Heat D *
Terrain B *
Fun Hike D
Maintained B
Mosquitos D
Biting Files A *
Ticks B *
NOTE: Seemed promising, not epic
NOTE: Mostly exposed
NOTE: Paved in part - other got wet but not too grassy on our visit
NOTE: Possible but saw none.
NOTE: Worth checking for ticks after
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 18102 Ramblewood Rd, Lutz, FL, Hillsborough, USA, 33558

1) What It's Like

It's 1,000 acres in the middle of rural-suburban area that's a bit of a mix that leans towards being pine forest. The north entrance is a paved jogging trail, the other are more remote no frills forest. It's a water management district land so it's bought to preserve much more than be a hiking area for you.

2) Kinds of Birds

We heard more than we saw but wood stork, forest birds, turkeys.

3) Wildlife

If you see turkeys there are usually deer. This has development all over but it's patchwork enough that you seem to actually get a bit of wildlife.

4) Amenities

North side has bathrooms and paved trail. Others - nothing.

5) Directions

Use our map and look at the PDF map on SWFWMD page (see official links section).

6) Dear Ranger

Thank you for preserving this land =)

7) Time Requirements

Look at the map and you can see it's a bit of a mess of connected paved and non-paved trails. I'd guestimate maybe 15 miles with some being out and back. So you probably could spend the day here - I wouldn't but you could. You could easily just walk as much as you wanted from several access points.


We came through here on a day with a bit too much flooding. So we got a feel for 2 rural entrances then did some of the paved. Generally you drive in the area and look for a small parking area or just a gap in the fence with a sign next to it. While doing that we were treated and surprised to see some turkeys running off. The paved trail does go through nice forest in terms of seeming a bit diverse and hearing birds but a paved trail does seem a bit dull somehow.

Only place we've been bitten by this mosquito that is 20x bigger than normal ones - I think it's the Gallinipper. When it bits it feels more like a deer fly than a mosquito and it bites through at least thin fabrics.

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