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Lower Green Swamp NP

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ROUGH DRAFT

Jun 2018
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Revisit? C
Birding C
Wildlife B
Summer Heat D
Terrain B
Fun Hike C
Maintained B
Mosquitos B
Biting Files B
Ticks C
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 3540 E Knights Griffin Rd, Plant City, FL, Hillsborough, USA, 33565
OFFICIAL INFO:

1) What It's Like

It's a nice hike but it's mostly kind of exposed / barren - I think because of restoration efforts. Doesn't feel like you're deep in the woods but worth visiting if not summer.

2) Kinds of Birds

Some forest birds, raptors were extra visible with the thin tree cover. Pretty average.

3) Wildlife

It's next to other large forests so should be all kinds of things but I saw nothing.

4) Amenities

Nice parking area. Chem toilet. Offices on site if something came up.

5) Time Requirements

It's packed with trails that spiral all over - I think they add up to about 15 miles. So you could spend a day here if you wanted.
You could stop for a quick 15 minute walk but the first quarter mile is least interesting.

Experience

I think what is going on is they are replacing slash pine with long leaf pine so it's thinned out for a reason. There are pretty patches of trees and the birding wasn't bad but you tend to not feel like you are deep in the woods.

From the entrance it's some wide expanses with smatterings of pines and utility easements. You pass a creek that's kind of pretty and a sign to expect lumber trucks. Then it's more expanses like the start.

I'd like to go back and try from a different entrance and it was worthwhile just to hike period - but not my favorite trail.


Blackwater creek is nearby but I found it very very boring (Saw palmettos and trail avoids trees).

Itchepackesassa Creek Wetlands, also very close, is a very large duck pond.

Look on this page for "5 Closest" for links to above.

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