Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

(See Starkey Wilderness Preserve for overall information.)

Park Details

Street Address

10500 Wilderness Park Boulevard
New Port Richey, FL 34655
United States

Size
8000 Acres
Hours of Operation
Daily from dawn to dusk.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term
Bicycling
Recreation Description
  • Park connects to 42-mile paved Suncoast Trail via the 7.5-mile paved trail.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.
  • Riders must stay on marked trails.
Recreation Term
Birding
Recreation Description
  • (Bird Watching) Site located on western section of Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, developed by local
    chapter of Audubon Society. Nearly 150 species of birds have been identified in park.
  • Contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(FWC) for more information.
Recreation Term
Camping
Recreation Description
  • Separate primitive camping areas available for individual camping.
  • Backcountry camping available.
  • Campsites for cars and primitive cabins available.
  • Groups can reserve tent site or cabins up to 90 days in advance.
  • Reservation and fee are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance.
Recreation Term
Equestrian
Recreation Description
  • 7.5 miles of marked equestrian trails.
  • Corral and watering trough located in equestrian parking/staging area.
  • Equestrian camping allowed at some campsites. Supplies and provisions must be packed in.
  • 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.
Recreation Term
Fishing
Recreation Description
  • Limited freshwater fishing available along Anclote and Pithlachascotee rivers.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.
Recreation Term
Hiking
Recreation Description
  • 12.6 miles of marked trails.
  • 3 primitive campsites off trails with picnic tables, grills and fire rings.
  • 7.5-mile paved trail.
Recreation Term
Picnic Facilities
Recreation Description
  • 5 picnic shelters with grills. Each shelter seats up to 50 people. Rental fee.
  • 2 large fee-rental pavilions seat up to 100 each and have large grill, running water and
    electricity.
  • Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance.

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • From SR 54, go north on Little Road (CR 1) 2.2 miles, right on River Crossing Boulevard for 1.3 miles, left on Starkey Boulevard for 0.3 miles, then right on Wilderness Road into park. From SR 52, go south on Moon Lake Road (CR 587) 6.8 miles, left on DeCubellis Road 0.3 miles, left on Starkey Boulevard, then left on Wilderness Road into park.
  • ADA access and facilities available.
Restrooms and Water

Four restrooms and water fountains; ADA accessible.

Dogs
  • Allowed only in day-use area.
  • Dogs must be on leash no more than six feet in length.
  • Owners are requested to pick up after dogs.
Location

Western Pasco County, east of New Port Richey

For more Information
  • Tent, cabin, shelter and pavilion reservations: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, (727) 834-3247
    (does not accept credit cards for payment)
  • Shelter and pavilion reservations, (727) 934-4198
  • Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department, (813) 929-2760