Lake Frances Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Equestrian Trails Pets Allowed

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Location and Hours

Location

11009 Tarpon Springs Road
Odessa, FL 33556

Hours

April 1 - Sept. 30

  • Daily: 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Oct. 1 - March 31

  • Daily: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Contact

(813) 264-8513

Announcements

Flooded sections of trail

Portions of the trail are deeply flooded and may be difficult to hike after heavy rain.

About

The Lake Frances Nature Preserve is home to 1673 acres of mesic pine flatwoods, wet prairie, and cypress swamps. Brooker Creek and Lake Frances are the primary water features. The Lake Frances Preserve is physically connected to the Lake Dan Preserve; together, they total over 2800 acres of preserve land.

Trail Map

Equestrian information

  • Trailer parking for equestrian users is located at 11009 Tarpon Springs Road
  • The equestrian trail is 6.4 miles in length and both the parking area and preserve will be closed at the peak of the summer rainy season during flooded conditions
  • We do not provide horseback riding rentals; you must bring your own horse

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
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Pets Allowed