Bell Creek Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Hiking Trail Fishing Pets Allowed

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Location and Hours

Location

10940 McMullen Road
Riverview, FL 33569

Hours

  • Preserve
    • Sunrise to Sunset
  • Administrative Office
    • 8 AM to 4 PM

Contact

(813) 672-7876

Announcements

Administrative offices temporarily closed

The Bell Creek Administrative Office located at 10940 McMullen Road in Riverview is temporarily closed for renovations.

During this period passes can be purchased in-person at Conservation Parks Administration Office located at 15502 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592 or online.

About

Hiking Spree card

Official Hiking Spree Location

Name of trail: Snaggy Run
Miles: 5.36
Class: C - Primitive
Rating: 3 - Strenuous
(rough terrain)
Attributes: Pet friendly
Download Hiking Spree Map

Learn More about the Hiking Spree

The Bell Creek Nature Preserve is a 477 acre Preserve located east of McMullen Road, south of Boyette Road in Riverview. This preserve was acquired to provide protection for natural plant communities and associated protected species, extend a greenway, preserve a wildlife corridor that was being lost to development, and provide numerous passive recreational opportunities.

The Preserve provides trails through different habitat areas with mature trees and a varied understory, as well as open areas dominated by grasses and herbaceous species. The trails are marked and signage clearly state that the Preserve is only open during daylight hours.

Bell Creek Preserve also serves as one of two administrative offices for the Conservation and Environmental Lands Management department. 

Trail Map

Park and Boat Ramp Passes

You can purchase regularly priced park and boat ramp passes at the following administrative offices or conservation parks:

  • Bell Creek Administrative Office
  • Branchton Administrative Office
  • Edward Medard Conservation Park
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park
  • Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park

Free and discounted passes

We offer annual park and boat ramp passes for free or at a discount to eligible disabled veterans and active duty members or honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves

  • Free passes - Disabled Veterans
  • 25 percent discount - Active duty members or honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves

To receive a free or discounted pass, you must bring your required documentation to either our Branchton or Bell Creek administrative offices. Free and discounted passes are not available at the above listed conservation parks.

For more information about all of our passes and to find eligibility requirements visit our Conservation Parks and Boat Launch Passes page.

Bell Creek Management Plan

Hiking Safety Guidelines

Always be prepared when hiking on nature preserves:

  • Bring plenty of water
  • Download the map
  • Tell someone your plan
  • Wear proper shoes and sun protection
  • Stay on marked trails
  • During the rainy season, many trails will have standing water.
  • If you think you are lost, call us at (813) 672-7876
  • In case of an emergency, call 911

Amenities

  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trail
  • Pets Allowed