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Morris Bridge

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Andrew Thoreson
Apr 2018
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Revisit? A
Birding B
Wildlife B
Summer Heat B
Terrain C *
Fun Hike A
Maintained B
Mosquitos C
Biting Files B *
Ticks B
NOTE: Walking over cypress knees
NOTE: Maybe none
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 13330 Morris Bridge Rd., Thonotasassa, FL, Hillsborough, USA, 33592

1) What It's Like

On the north side is a small boardwalk trail. On the south side (walk under the bridge or park there) first it's a great trail through the cypress knees along the river. That ends at a more typical dry pine/live oak/palmetto forrest that circles back to the parking area or connects to other trails. The cypress walk is pretty unique and incredible.

2) Kinds of Birds

Lots of great wading birds - especially limpkins and interesting in this habitat of cypress knees. In dry forest quite a few birds - warblers, wren, etc.

3) Wildlife

Snakes, box turtle, haven't seen deer but it's close enough to areas that have them that it might happen.

4) Amenities

Parking area boardwalk and bathroom. Pay station. Trail maintained pretty well.

5) Directions

3.5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579). From I-75, exit at Fletcher Avenue. Morris Bridge Road bisects the park. Parking available on both sides of the road. On the north parking lot there's a small boardwalk trail which is okay but not that great. Go under the bridge or park on the south side to see the rest.

6) Time Requirements

You could just pop in for 20 minutes or to do the part I described I'm guessing would take a couple hours. If you explored the connecting trails I'm not sure what the limit is.

Experience

You start out at the parking lot, walk under the bridge (unless you park on that side), go over a short boardwalk and then you start part one: walking along a beautiful cypress forest along the river. After I'm guessing a mile of that you can turn right and you're walking through typical palm/live oak/palmetto forrest. You can exit what's considered Morris Bridge and connect with other trails but we generally take the first right and head back to the parking area. I'm guessing that's less than 2 more miles. Lots of great water birds, alligators, and turtles up close on river portion. We have had good luck with warblers etc on forest portion. On the north parking lot there's a small boardwalk trail which is okay but not that great. Go under the bridge or park on the south side to see the rest.

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