Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Hiking Trail

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Location and Hours


12181 East Bay Road
Gibsonton, FL 33534


Sunrise to Sunset


(813) 672-7876


This 1,181-acre nature preserve includes a ridge of endemic and imperiled scrub habitats surrounded by pine flatwoods and pockets of wet prairie, hardwood swamp, and freshwater marsh. Rare species found here include the Florida goldenaster and Florida Scrub Jay. The marked hiking trail is a 3-mile loop, much of it sandy and sunny. Golden Aster Scrub Nature Preserve was purchased by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP) in 1995.

Hiking Spree Trail Map

Golden Aster Scrub Management Plan


  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking Trail
  • Pets Allowed