Purchased to provide flood protection and serve as a public water supply, Cypress Creek’s floodplain helps filter nutrients in runoff waters. Cypress Creek Well Field serves as an important source of water for the surrounding region and is managed by Tampa Bay Water (TBW).
Cypress Creek is a tributary of the Hillsborough River. Within the property, the creek threads its way through an expanse of cypress and hardwood forests. Slash pine, longleaf pine and palmetto grow on the higher “ridges,” which are collectively known as Florida flatwoods.
Bicycling and Inline Skating
- 5 miles of paved and unpaved cycling on designated or marked trails.
- Use only marked trails.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
- Separate sites available for equestrian, group and primitive camping.
- Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
- Nonpotable water source available.
- Portable toilet available.
- A free reservation is required and must be displayed on dashboard at campground.
- 12 miles of marked trails from Parkway Boulevard access point.
- Riders are required to stay on marked trails.
- Each rider must carry proof of horse’s current negative Coggins test.
- Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.
- Along Cypress Creek during high-water periods.
- Man-made impoundments located in southern portion of property.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Paved road available (Pump Station Road).
- Several miles of wooded roads available.
- Limited picnic tables in camp areas.
Access and Parking
- Primary access is from Parkway Boulevard, 0.7 miles north of Pine View Middle School. Small day-use parking area outside gate.
- West gate at west end of Pump Station Road, which is accessed from Ehren Cutoff (CR 583), midway between SR 52 and US 41. Follow signs to Cypress Creek Well Field. Parking available. Sign in at registration station located inside gate.
- Walk-thru entrance on east side at end of Quail Hollow Boulevard. No parking available at this gate. Do not park on roadway or block gate.
- ADA access and facilities available.
Limited Access Areas
- Restricted areas around water facilities.
- Paved road through the property continues northeast to adjoining property owned by TBW. Due to private land holdings, there is no public access beyond TBW to railroad tracks or SR 52.
Restrooms and Water
- No restrooms or water available at entrances.
- Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at equestrian and group campsites.