Camp Bayou Nature Preserve & Outdoor Learning Center

Canoe/Kayak Launch Bird Watching Hiking Trail Museum

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Location and Hours


4140 24th St. SE
Ruskin, FL 33570


Hiking trail and west section of the preserve

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


(813) 671-7754


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


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