Park Closures

Occasionally our parks, or certain sections of our parks, must close due to environmental concerns or construction, or are closed for a national holiday.

Holiday closures

All of our conservation and wilderness parks are open on most holidays, but are closed or close early on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day - all closed
  • Christmas Eve
    • Veteran's Memorial Park and Dead River Wilderness Park closed
    • All others close at 2 PM
  • Christmas Day - all closed

Check this page for updates on other closures.

  • The paved trail at Alderman's Ford Conservation Park will be closed during the weekdays from April 16, 2018 thru September 2018 for construction to the boardwalk. The trail will be open for use on the weekends. For more details, please call the park at (813) 757-3801

Beginning May 21, 2018, the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve will be undergoing renovations to improve and expand the parking area. The site will remain open to the public during construction, but parking will be limited to 30 regular, and 4 handicapped spaces. Please be sure to follow all signage and signals at the site, and do not park in areas that are marked “No Parking”. 

While this will be an inconvenience until completion in late September, the renovations will increase safety.

Please consider visiting E.G. Simmons Conservation Park during the renovation. 

The Baker Creek Boat Ramp will be closed for improvement beginning May 21st and is estimated to re-open in mid-summer 2018. For more information call (813) 672-7876.

The Balm Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve has a new parking lot located at 15102 County Road 672, Wimauma. The old parking lot, located at 13998 Balm Boyette Road, Lithia, is officially closed. Please use the new entrance to access the preserve. If you have any questions, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.

Old Fort King Trail
All three trail bridges are closed indefinitely for repairs. Access to the trail is still available north of the bridges. For more information, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.