Native Plant Hike

Learn about some native plants close to home.

This preserve is a remarkable “island” refuge surrounded by development. Hidden in the heart of the site is Lake Flynn, a rare example of a relatively unaltered freshwater lake in a region where waterfront development is the usual rule. Surrounding the lake are a variety of natural plant communities including pine flatwoods, oak hammock, freshwater marsh and sandhill. This wide range of habitat supports a diverse array of wildlife including gopher tortoise, Sherman’s fox squirrel, Florida sandhill crane, American alligator, pinewoods treefrog, and unusual plants such as marsh pink, white violet and blazing star. (Above information is from the website: <http://southshoretampabay.com/NaturalAreas/GuideBookFiles/violet-cury-preserve.pdf>.)

The preserve is located at the northeast corner of Sinclair Hills Road and 15th Street, in Lutz. From Bearss Avenue, approximately 1.5 miles east of I-275, turn north on Livingston Avenue, then west on Sinclair Hills Road, and look for a metal gate on the north side of the road, approximately 1 mile west of Livingston.

Meet at gate, 9 AM. Bring water, snacks and sunscreen.

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  • Janet B.

    Great hike, plants and people.

    March 26, 2012

  • Lee

    My first with this group, hopefully not my last! I learned more in the first couple hours than I have in weeks. I sorta went into overload toward the end and just kicked back and enjoyed the location, weather and the company...

    March 25, 2012

  • Ron Chicone, J.

    As far as I know the preserve allows dogs, but we prefer you don't bring him/her. Perhaps "Hike" is misleading. It's more of a walk and stop to enjoy and chat about plants or any wildlife we might see. Hope to see you there. Thanks.

    March 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone know if I can bring my dog? Thanks.

    March 24, 2012

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