Trout Creek - Member Hike

Hike Name: Trout Creek
Country: United States
State: Florida
Nearby Town: Tampa
Rating: 4 stars
Directions: Trout Creek Wilderness Park off Morris Bridge Road in Tampa, FL
Total Hike Distance: 5.00 miles
Hike Difficulty: Easy
Permit Required: No
Hike Type: Roundtrip, Loop Hike
Hike Starts/Ends: Trout Creek Park
Trails Used: Trout Creek hike and bike trails
Backcountry Campsites: No
Backcountry Water Sources: None
Management: Other
Contact Information: Contact me! This is one of the local county parks with surprisingly nice hiking and off road biking trails.
Best Season: Winter, Spring
Users: Hikers, Bikers
Road Conditions: Maintained Gravel or Dirt Roads, Unmaintained Gravel or Dirt Roads
Hike Summary: Trout Creek is a tributary of the Hillsborough River. In spite of massive urbanization around here, there are surprising numbers of nice remote wooded areas still preserved. I walk out at this park quite often but am posting this because I ran across a small alligator on the trail and got a good photo. He was on a dry section of trail. So the lesson is, don't assume you only find gators in swamp or standing water. There was a pond about 75 yards to the right and some cypress swamp off to the left. I took the pic and moved on in case he had some bigger relatives hiding in the tall grass !



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