Cypress Creek Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Pets Allowed Hiking Trail Picnic Tables

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Location and Hours


18000 Lizard's-Tail Road
Tampa, FL 33647


Sunrise to Sunset


(813) 264-8513


No Camping Available

Please note that there is no camping available at this nature preserve. For camping options, please contact the Cypress Creek Preserve in Pasco County, managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

The 2500-acre Cypress Creek Nature Preserve is part of a vast wildlife corridor which extends into Pasco and Polk Counties. Cypress Creek drains into the Hillsborough River and thus provides important water quality benefits to the region. Natural habitats within the preserve include hardwood forests and swamps, pine flatwoods, wet prairies, cypress stands and freshwater marshes.

Pavilions can be used on a first-come basis. A walk-through gate leading to a hiking trail is located approximately 1300 feet southwest of the parking area. View a map from the parking lot to the trail.

Trail Map


  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trail
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Tables