Little Manatee River Corridor Nature Preserve - Leonard Lee Trailhead 

Bird Watching Fishing Hiking Trail Canoe/Kayak Launch

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Location and Hours


2510 Leonard Lee Road
Wimauma, FL 33598


Sunrise to Sunset




The Little Manatee River Corridor Preserve is a linear preserve consisting of river corridor, associated uplands and embedded wetlands. The total acreage of protected land within this corridor exceeds 8,000 acres; however, the contiguous protected landscape within the upper watershed is approximately 6,500 acres. Vegetation communities represented here include bottomland swamp, forested wetlands, pine flatwoods, oak hammock and marsh. There are also several abandoned farm fields and citrus groves that are undergoing habitat restoration. Due to the highly disturbed and fragmented landscape that characterizes this watershed, invasive exotic species control is an ongoing challenge. At this access point, there are two trails that extend along the south bank of the Little Manatee River corridor; the eastern loop trail is 2.7 miles and the western loop trail is 2.5 miles in length. To gain access to the trailheads, you must walk across the bridge that spans the river from the parking area.

Preserves and Trails Map

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
  • Fishing
  • Hiking Trail
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Tables