Oak Ridge Equestrian Area

The northeast corner of this property is the site of the Oak Ridge Equestrian Area. While still rural, this region of Hillsborough County is transitioning to suburban subdivisions. The trail is shaded within a forested wetland and open through pine flatwoods.

Park Details

Street Address

15847 Morris Bridge Road
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
United States

1000 Acres
Hours of Operation
District lands shall be open to the public from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset only, unless otherwise authorized by the District per Chapter 40D-9 Florida Administrative Code.

Recreation Opportunities

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Equestrian and primitive camping available.
  • Sites have picnic tables, fire rings and/or grills.
  • A free reservation is required and must be displayed or available at campground. Reservations can be made through the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve page.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately 16 miles of multiuse trails
  • Riders are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Each rider must carry proof of horse's current negative Coggins test.
  • Horse-drawn buggy riding requires a free day-use reservation for buggy access behind locked gate.  Reservations can be made through the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve page.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description
  • Approximately 16 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Prepare for wet hiking; some trails are excessively wet during certain times of the year.

Recreation Term


Recreation Description

Additional Information

Access and Parking
  • Primary access point about 7 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579), 0.4 miles north of Branchton Park.
  • Vehicle access to southern portion of trail is through Washburn gate. Day-use reservations required to access equestrian parking area.
Restrooms and Water
  • Portable toilets and nonpotable water available at equestrian campgrounds.
For more Information
  • Reservations may be made at WaterMatters.org.
  • Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470