Jointly acquired between the District and the state to protect the water resources of
Tampa Bay, the Terra Ceia Preserve State Park is managed by the Florida State Parks system. The
lands are mostly uplands of maritime hammocks and mangrove fringe forests. Various wetland communities such as freshwater creeks, freshwater marshes, karst tidal ponds and estuarine marshes are interspersed within the preserve.
Boating and Paddling
- 3-mile Bishop Harbor Blueway trail circles Bishop Harbor and provides access to Manatee County Terra Ceia paddling trail.
- Boat ramp and canoe and kayak launch located at end of Moccasin Wallow Road, west of U.S. 41, on Bishop Harbor Road.
- Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.
• 9 miles of unimproved marked trails.
• Use only marked trails.
• Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
- All water bodies open for fishing, unless posted closed.
- Contact Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for license requirements.
- Approximately 9 miles of trails.
Access and Parking
- Access from U.S. 19, go east on Terra Ceia Road, left on High Tower Road, follow under I-275,
road ends at entrance.
Restrooms and Water
Nearby Recreation Lands
For More Information
- Terra Ceia Preserve State Park, (941) 721-2068
- Gamble Plantation, (941) 723-4536