Rhodine Scrub Nature Preserve
Location and Hours
Sunrise to Sunset
Part of Red Trail temporarily closed
The portion of the red trail connecting Stephen J. Wortham Park to Rhodine Scrub Nature Preserve is currently closed due to a washout. Those wishing to access Rhodine Preserve during this time can use a walk-through gate onto the yellow trail, located at 12560 Rhodine Rd. You will have to park on the side of the road to use this access point.
Rhodine Scrub Nature Preserve is a 448 acre preserve in the center of Hillsborough County. This preserve adjoins Stephen J. Wortham park creating a unique experience to see the differences between county parks and county preserves. The dominant habitat on Rhodine Preserve is Florida Scrub. Often called the Florida desert many plants and animals are found in scrub and nowhere else. There are 2 separate trails that total 2 miles that wind through scrub and around an open water marsh. Be on the lookout for many different bird species including blue-gray gnatcatchers, mockingbirds, blue jays, and catbirds. There are plenty of mammals and reptiles as well including raccoons, bobcats, opossums, black racers, and our keystone species the gopher tortoise.
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
- Hiking Trail
- Pets Allowed