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Violet Cury Nature Preserve

Birding / Hiking / Adventuring Roadtrip Info

ROUGH DRAFT

Dec 2018
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Revisit? A
Birding B
Wildlife C
Summer Heat B *
Terrain B
Fun Hike B
Maintained B
Mosquitos C
Biting Files A
Ticks B
NOTE: Very covered
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 1802 Sinclair Hills Road, Lutz, FL, Hillsborough, USA, 33549
OFFICIAL INFO:

1) What It's Like

It's a nice covered forest that feels like a real forest. Mostly live oak. Two ponds - the 2nd one often has interesting birds. Nice cover, a couple loops.

2) Kinds of Birds

Pretty random but interesting things for us. Gallinules and Pied Billed Grebes are common. See wrens fairly often. First place we saw Wood ducks and Wilson's Snipes - and a lot of them. Some great encounters with kingfishers. Then typical forest birds at random. Most of this is by the lake. I think this changes seasonally and with changing water levels but we see the most stuff along the right side of the lake towards the back quarter (the corner where you can see a house ruining the view). There are muddy islands out there and if you look close you might see the snipes etc. Gallinules and ducks are just wherever - maybe again this corner is best.

3) Wildlife

Only thing we've see or seen here are gopher tortoises and turtles. It seems like the kind of place to see deer but despite it seeming wild I don't think it's big enough to support deer or close enough to wildlife corridors.

4) Amenities

Parking is ample, trails are in good shape, the trailhead sign is nice, often they have nice printed maps. That is about it. All kinds of gas stations are nearby though.

5) Directions

No secret - follow directions from phone. Parking and sign is pretty obvious. It's on north side of road.

6) Dear Ranger

Very enjoyable park - thank you so much!

7) Time Requirements

I'd expect to spend an hour. You might be able to walk to the pond and back in 20 minutes.

Experience

If you're in central Tampa, are jonesing for a walk in a real feeling forest, and have very little time: this is where to go. Or if you want a fair chance to see a wood duck or wilson's snipe (or sand hill crane) - this is the only place I'd know to recommend. It's not quite connected but close enough that you can say it's part of that big string of forest from the green swamp on down to Hillsborough River State Park, Flatwoods Park, Lettuce Lake and over here. There's not much wildlife but it feels like a forest so it's a nice walk and we usually see interesting birds, mostly by the central pond.

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