Meet at the Flatwoods Trailhead on Bruce B. Downs Blvd in New Tampa. If coming from I-75, get off at Bruce B Downs exit and go east/north. Trailhead on right side of road just past Macaroni Grill and Chili's.
Turn is easy to miss due to road construction so keep an eye out for the turnoff just past Chili's. $2.00 parking fee. Water and restrooms available.
If traveling south on Bruce B Downs, you will have to make a U turn at the light in front of Home Depot due to the road construction. It is easier if you can come from the other direction as you cannot currently turn left into the park from Bruce B Downs.
If you are not familiar with this park, you may wonder where are the woods amidst all this development but you will be pleasantly surprised!
Total is about 7 miles- give or take.
We will be on some dual use bike/hike trails but expect areas of unmarked, primitive, abandoned trail and infrequently used forest roads.Some sections will be uneven, muddy, overgrown with little to no discernible trail tread.
Feral hog rooting is significant. (hope we get to see them!)
We will have to ford a creek at one or more locations. We may have one service road gate to climb over.
Please wear proper wilderness hiking footwear. Bring water, food, whatever personal items you need, ground cloth to sit on during break.
This activity is sponsored by the Suncoast Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. You need not be an FTA member to participate but we encourage you to take a moment to learn about the FTA and consider being a part of our community.
[masked] day of hike
Flatwoods Park Pond with Roseate Spoonbill, Ibis, and Gator in background