Hello everyone, this area will not disappoint! The nature preserve is 4700 acres owned by S.W Florida Water Management District and managed by Hillsborough County Parks Dept. The hiking trail winds through a 60 year old phosphate mining area. Most of the trail is within Hardwood Hammock, various mined lakes and semi improved pastures. The area has sun and shade. This hike will be a combination of linear, loop, ad out and back hiking. With a total of 8 miles. The trip should take about four and a half hours including breaks and lunch stops. Trails are groomed and no heavy brush or off trail hiking is scheduled. We will hike out to Serengeti loop in hopes to spot a giraffe, wild hog or a possible zebra. We will break at Serengeti, after our break we will forge on to lake Nirvana where we will take our lunch stop. At lunch we will discuss the (bandana). Please bring or if you have one. As always I promote wilderness safety, survival and leave no trace practices. The wilderness can be unpredictable at times. Be prepared!! A planed day trip can quickly turn into an unplanned over night in the wilderness. Dress appropriately, carry rain gear, always know your water sources and or carry plenty of it. Try to carry at least a few basic supplies such as: a small first aid kit, a mini flashlight, knife, a fire starting kit, a map and compass and a cell phone. Most importantly bring a positive mental attitude if nothing else. Your preparedness may help others to survive. Please bring: your basic supplies and personal items, a minimum of two liters of water, snacks, lunch, bug spray and sunscreen.