Looking for a Place to Hike? Check Out These State Parks

August 7th, 2017 by

State Parks

Top State Parks near Tampa FL

Technology has done us many favors, but it has also led us into a world where things can feel hectic even when you’re alone at home. Your phone is a constant companion, informing you when you have a new email, social media notification and item on your agenda. They say it’s the simple things in life that make us most happy, and state parks are one way to invite some calm into your life. Here are some of the top state parks near the Tampa FL area to help you get away for a while.

Where to hike in Tampa Bay

These state parks offer a quiet atmosphere and scenic walking trails.

Hillsborough River State Park

Hillsborough River State Park has been open since 1938, making it one of the oldest state parks in the area. This location is popular for its seven miles of nature trails, but it’s also a fantastic place to go kayaking, rent a bike, go fishing, camp or take a swim.

Little Manatee River State Park

It may look small at first, but this park has a lot to offer in the way of unique ecosystems, plus the river flows 4.5 miles through the park. The walking trail here is slightly shorter than at Hillsborough, coming in at a 6.5-mile loop, while the Oxbow Nature Trail is a short one-mile loop for those looking for something smaller to tackle.

Oscar Scherer State Park

We’ll admit this one is a bit of a drive from Tampa, but it’s also one of the largest in the area. People enjoy it most for bird watching, swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling, camping and more. There’s also more than 15 miles of trails. Also notable is the Lester Finley Barrier Free Nature Trail, which is accessible for those with sight, hearing and mobility impairments, making it one of the best state parks for anyone.

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