Typical view [?]
NOTE: Small is a negative but by river is a positive
NOTE: Pretty well shaded.
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Small bit of forest hiking that makes a great break from driving on nearby I75. It's quite small though housing developments spoil it a bit. Not big enough that I'd suggest going here if it wasn't on the way to something else.
Typical forest birds. This was definitely more a hike than a birding hot spot but there were birds. Being near a river always helps.
Saw none but seemed like you would if you went a few times. Next to rivers you never know what you'll get but I'd assume there are just more urban animals plus I'd assume there are a copule gopher tortoises and snakes in there.
Very nice parking area and trail head. Gas stations very close.
From I75 exit 93A (just south of Alafia river) head east on Gibsonton Dr. You'll pass a big Racetrack gas station and "The Preserve" (such an evil name) on the left. Turn left on Hagadorn Rd - in fact if you were on foot there's an entrance right on the corner. Your first left is Elbow Bend road and that parking area is right there under the big grey powerline pole on the left.
Thanks for protecting a fun little forest for us to hike!
You can do a couple loops in there but I did most of it in under an hour. You could stop for 20 minutes and have a nice experience fine.
This is a small little park on the Alafia river that's actually visible from the bridge going over I75. It's parly ruined because some as*h**es bought the land next door and named it "The Preserve" - cute huh? And you get to enjoy looking in on a couple backyards right in the middle of a hike. Visit Fishhawk/lithia trail for similar treatment. That said - if you want to take a break from driving it's convenient and other than some highway noise it is a very nice little bunch of trails. You feel like you're in the woods as opposed to some field that's eventually going to be woods in 30 years. It's mostly live oaks and the kind of forest scrub in that kind of forest. One path is very sandy almost like you stumbled on a piece of the Lake Wales ridge but that is pretty short.
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