Nature Preserves

Since 1987, the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition & Protection Program (ELAPP) has saved over 61,000 acres of wildlife habitat. Find the public access locations to these nature preserves in the list below. They have minimal facilities – just parking, interpretive kiosks, and primitive trails – giving nature lovers a chance to enjoy the wild side of Hillsborough County.

For nature preserve descriptions and trail maps, visit Find a Park. For more information, call the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department at (813) 672-7876.

Nature Preserve Locations

Alafia River Corridor Nature Preserve
931 Old Welcome Road Lithia, FL 33547
9256 C.R. 39, Plant City, FL 33567

Alafia Scrub Nature Preserve
10243 Elbow Bend Rd, Riverview, FL 33578

Alderman's Ford Nature Preserve
8911 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City, FL 33567

Apollo Beach Nature Preserve
6760 Surfside Blvd., Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Bahia Beach Coastal Restoration
2513 Shell Point Road, Ruskin, FL 33570

Balm-Boyette Scrub Preserve
13998 Balm-Boyette Road, Lithia, FL 33547

Bell Creek Nature Preserve
10940 McMullen Road, Riverview, FL 33569

Blackwater Creek Nature Preserve
2469 Patrinostro Road, Plant City, FL 33565

Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve
18102 Ramblewood Road, Lutz, FL 33558

Camp Bayou Nature Preserve
4102-24th St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570

Cockroach Bay Nature Preserve
3839 Gulf City Road, Ruskin, FL 33570

Cockroach Creek Nature Preserve
4110 Valroy Road, Ruskin, FL 33570

Cypress Creek Nature Preserve
18000 Lizard Tail Lane, Tampa, FL 33647
3298 Robertson Trail, Lutz, FL 33559

Diamondback Nature Preserve
5602 W Gray Street, Tampa, FL 33609

Fish Hawk Creek Nature Preserve
16640 Boyette Road, Riverview, FL 33569
3931 Lithia Springs Road, Lithia, FL 33547

Florida College Nature Preserve
9514 Woodland Ridge Drive, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

Fred & Ida Schultz Nature Preserve
5906 Kracker Ave, Gibsonton, FL 33534

Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve
12181 East Bay Road, Gibsonton, FL 33534

Lake Dan Nature Preserve
19116 Huckavalle Road, Odessa, FL 33556

Lake Frances Nature Preserve
11009 Tarpon Springs Road (trailer parking), Odessa, FL 33556

Little Manatee River Corridor Nature Preserve
2608 South County Road 579, Wimauma, FL 33556
2510 Leonard Lee Road, Wimauma, FL 33598

Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve
3540 E. Knights Griffin Road, Plant City, FL 33565

Oak Ridge (managed by SWFWMD)
15847 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Rocky Creek Trails Nature Preserve
7415 Manhattan Dr. Tampa, FL 33625

Town 'N Country Nature Preserve
8304 Montague St., Tampa, FL 33635

  • Parking at Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Memorial Trailhead, 7499 Montague St.
  • $2 parking fee

Triple Creek Nature Preserve
13305 Balm Boyette Road, Riverview, FL 33579

Violet Cury Nature Preserve
1802 Sinclair Hills Road, Lutz, FL 33549

Wolf Branch Nature Preserve
1403 19th Ave. N.W., Apollo Beach, FL 33572