The confluence of Flint Creek and the Hillsborough River provides a beautiful setting for John B. Sargeant Park. The park is best known for boating access to the river. Downriver, the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is a winding, verdant jungle of hardwood trees, lilies and birds. Upstream, the river widens to flow through the broad hardwood swamp known as the Seventeen Runs. In 1989, Flint Creek Park was renamed in memory of John B. Sargeant, Sr., who served as a member of the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
- Site 103 on western section of Great Florida Birding Trail.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for more information.
Boating and Paddling
- Boating fee.
- Boat ramp, boat dock, canoe launch and trailer parking provided.
- 2-hour trip downriver to Morris Bridge Park.
- 4-hour trip downstream to Trout Creek Park.
- Experienced paddlers ready for a challenge will enjoy remote wilderness of Seventeen Runs. This portion of Hillsborough River Canoe Trail designated as a primitive trail. From the canoe launch, follow feeder creek and continue straight across open water to upriver portion of Hillsborough River. Be prepared for carryovers and duck-unders. Pay close attention to flow of river and look for trail markers – it is easy to become disoriented among the many channels.
- From boats on river or from fishing dock at end of boardwalk trail.
- Contact FWC for license requirements.
- Quarter-mile boardwalk takes visitors through a wetland forest to a rest area on river. From this overlook one can see Flint Creek flowing in from the east, the Hillsborough River straight across on its way out of Seventeen Runs and the merging of the two flowing off to the west.
Old Fort King Trail
- 6.7-mile trail from John B. Sargeant Park trailhead to Model Dairy trailhead at Hillsborough River State Park.
- Picnic tables and a covered pavilion provided.
- Shelter reservation fee.
Access and Parking
- On north side of US 301 about 5 miles east of I-75. From I-75, exit onto Fowler Avenue and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto US 301 and head north about 3 miles. Park entrance on left.
- Admission fee.
- ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water
Restroom, water fountain and pay telephone located in park.
- Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
- Owners are requested to pick up after dog.
For More Information
- John B. Sargeant Park, (813) 987-6208
- Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails, 1-877-822-5208 (toll free) or (850) 245-2052
- Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department, (813) 987-6240