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Edward Medard Regional Park

Features

  1. Barbeque Grills
  2. Bird Watching
  3. Boat Ramp
  4. Camping - Primitive
  5. Camping - RV
  6. Canoe / Kayak - Launch
  7. Canoe / Kayak - Rentals
  8. Disc Golf
  9. Fishing
  10. Fishing Dock / Pier
  11. Hiking
  12. Observation Tower
  13. Pets Allowed
  14. Picnic Shelters
  15. Picnic Shelters - Reservable
  16. Picnic Tables
  17. Playground
  18. Restrooms
  19. Restrooms (ADA Accessible)
  20. Showers
  21. Trails - Equestrian
  22. Trails - Hiking
About Edward Medard Regional Park

Edward Medard Park extends along 1,284 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), where a water control structure and reservoir offer flood protection along the Alafia River. In 1972, under an agreement with the District, Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest and most popular regional parks.

The park's main attraction is a 700-acre reservoir open for canoeing, boating and catch and release fishing.

Located on what was once a phosphate mining site, the Park offers unique topography with elevation changes that have become very popular for children’s play. A 3-mile trail that is accessible (dry) most of the year offers equestrians and hikers a pleasant trip through pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks.

For overnight stays, the Park has 40 campsites to accommodate both RV and primitive camping, including 2 group sites. All campsites are full service, each providing a picnic table, electricity, a fire ring, and water. Public restrooms with showers and an RV dump station are also available.

Edward Medard Park also offers picnic shelters, a boardwalk, a playground, a beach volleyball court and an observation platform overlooking the reservoir.

Unique to Edward Medard Park is a new disc golf course. Although the course has not yet been dedicated, and staff are adding finishing touches, the course is now open to the public. Disc golf is similar in objective to traditional golf; the goal is to complete each hole with the fewest attempts. In this game, however, players throw specially made plastic flying discs at above ground targets instead of using clubs to direct balls to holes in the ground! 

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