Little Manatee River Trail dayhike - Member Hike

Hike Name: Little Manatee River Trail dayhike
Country: United States
State: Florida
Nearby Town: Ruskin
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Little Manatee River State Park - Trailhead is off Highway 301 south of Ruskin. You have to get a permit and combination to the gate lock from the park ranger station first.
Total Hike Distance: 7.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Permit Required: Yes
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Main Trailhead off hwy 301
Trails Used: Little Manatee River Loop Trail
Backcountry Campsites: Yes
Backcountry Water Sources: Rivers
Management: State Park Service
Contact Information: Little Manatee River State Park
Florida Trail Association
Best Season: Winter, Spring
Users: Hikers
Road Conditions: Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: This is a very nice loop hike near Tampa FL. You pass through mixed hardwood and palm, sand hill, as well as a beautiful section along the river. The only reason this does not get a 5 star is because development has reached the north park border and you can see (and hear) new houses and the golf course right off the trail for a small part of the northernmost section. During wet season part of the trail is underwater. I hike this trail a few times a year. The pics here are from March 04. I have my eldest daughter with me on this trek.



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