Camp Bayou Nature Preserve & Outdoor Learning Center

Canoe/Kayak Launch Bird Watching Hiking Trail Museum

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Location and Hours

Location

4140 24th St. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570

Hours

Hiking trail and west section of the preserve

  • Daily from 8 AM to 6 PM
Visitor's center and canoe and kayak launch
  • Mon. - Weds. from 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Thurs. - Sun. from 9 AM to 2 PM

Contact

(813) 671-7754

About

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a 160 acre nature preserve run entirely by volunteers. It is operated in partnership with the non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD) and our Conservation and Environmental Lands Management department.

For the most recent updates on the status of the center and other site amenities, please visit BOLD's Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center website or call (813) 641-8545.

Camp Bayou Map | Camp Bayou Trail Map

 

Features and activities include:

  • butterfly garden
  • visitor's center
  • canoe and kayak launch
  • fossil dig
  • geocaching and letterboxing
  • Enchanted Forest
  • Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum

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
  • Canoe/Kayak Launch
  • Hiking Trail
  • Museum
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Restrooms
  • Visitors Center