Bahia Beach Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Hiking Trail

A majority of preserves and some parks are now open. Visit the Closures & Reopenings page for more info.

Closures & Reopenings

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Location and Hours


2513 Shell Point Road
Ruskin, FL 33570


Sunrise to Sunset


(813) 672-7876


Upcoming temporary closures due to parking lot improvements

This preserve will be temporarily closed on July 21, and again on July 29 while we make improvements to the parking lot. It will re-open on the following days. For more information and updates, please call the administrative office at (813) 672-7876.


Park Description: The Bahia Beach Nature Preserve was acquired in 2001 by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). After the County acquired the property, the Preserve was restored as a cooperative project between Hillsborough County, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The restoration area consists of new wetlands created for the purposes of enhancing wildlife and marine habitat and improving water quality discharging into the bay. Wading birds, ducks, bald eagles and shorebirds offer great viewing opportunities for birdwatchers.

Bahia Beach Preserve Trail Map


  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trail