Habitats along the trail vary from cypress swamp, hardwood floodplain forest, upland hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, oak scrub, dry prairie, wet prairie and lakes.
Trail maps are available at kiosks in parking areas or by calling the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. The main trail is marked with wooden posts numbered 1 to 47.
If you need assistance on-site, locate a park ranger or a volunteer trail steward. Stewards are identified by numbered placards on the front of their bikes. On weekends, rangers and stewards monitor FRS radio channel 1, code 0, for visitors carrying hand-held radios who need emergency help.
- Riders required to stay on marked trails.
- Watch for hikers and runners. Always yield the trail to pedestrians.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
- Use proper trail etiquette on and off pavement. Make encounters with others pleasant. Warn others when passing from behind. When stopping, move completely off trail. Use caution at blind corners and make your presence known. Avoid muddy trails. Do not skid.
- Rules of the trail: ride on open trails only, leave no trace, control your bicycle, always yield the trail, never scare animals and plan ahead.
- Watch for uneven terrain and exposed roots.
- Beware of fast-moving bicycles. Use extra caution when approaching blind corners.
Access and Parking
Limited Access Areas
- In Morris Bridge Bicycle Area, bicycles must remain north of Cow House Creek to avoid eroding creek bed and entering Jefferson Equestrian Area. Observe posted signs.
- Some trails are seasonal and subject to temporary closure during rainy season. Trails may also be closed for maintenance or restoration. Observe posted signs.
- Because this is a flood detention area, the dam on the Hillsborough River at Trout Creek Park is occasionally shut. Parks are subject to closure when the area impounds water.
Restrooms and Water
- Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
- Owners are requested to pick up after dog.
For More Information
- Flatwoods Park, (813) 987-6211
- Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department, (813) 987-6240