Map of Jefferson Equestrian Area
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About Jefferson Equestrian Area

Located in the southwest corner of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve, the Jefferson Equestrian Area is surrounded by urban development. The trail roughly parallels Cow House Creek, a tributary of the Hillsborough River, and offers canopied riding for local horse enthusiasts. Interestingly, water in this creek can flow east or west, depending on water levels in the Hillsborough River and the Tampa Bypass Canal.

Recreational Opportunities

Equestrian Use

  • Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails.
  • For safety and erosion control, do not ride on canal bank or berm.
  • Riders are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse‚Äôs current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.



  • Approximately 9 miles of multiuse trails.

Access and Parking

Travel approximately 0.25 miles east of I-75 on Fowler Avenue; turn north onto Jefferson Road (immediately east of Tampa Bypass Canal); travel one block to entrance gate.

Restrooms and Water

No restrooms or water available.

For More Information

Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

Visit this Property

(This tract is part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.)

Street Address

11891 Jefferson Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
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1,500 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
Florida Wilderness

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