Lake Frances Nature Preserve

Bird Watching Equestrian Trails Pets Allowed

A majority of preserves and some parks are now open. Visit the Closures & Reopenings page for more info.

Closures & Reopenings

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Location and Hours


11009 Tarpon Springs Road
Odessa, FL 33556


April 1 - Sept. 30

  • Daily: 7:30 AM - 7:30 PM

Oct. 1 - March 31

  • Daily: 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM


(813) 264-8513


Temporarily closed due to flooding

Lake Frances Nature Preserve is currently closed due to flooding. The entire preserve is closed, including the horse trails and the parking lot on Tarpon Springs Rd.


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


  • Bird Watching
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Pets Allowed