Park & Trail Closures

We have reopened a majority of our nature preserves and boat ramps, along with several conservation parks, as well as all neighborhood parks.

Residents utilizing these parks are required to follow social distancing guidelines. Be aware that portions of the parks still have some restrictions.

Please see our closures and reopenings page for up to date parks information.

Updated parking lot address

The new parking lot for this nature preserve is located at 12098 S. County Road 39 in Lithia and now open and ready for use.

The old parking lot located at the end of Old Welcome Rd. will officially close on August 31st, 2021. The trail map has been updated to show this change.

Canoe Launch Closed

The canoe launch is closed until further notice due to high water.

For more information and updates, please call (813) 757-3801.

The nature preserve is open and available to the public.

For more information and updates, please call (813) 672-7876.

Flooded sections of trail

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

Park open to bicycle and foot traffic, no motorized vehicles

The park is available for walking and biking, but is closed to motorized vehicles due to road damage caused by flooding.

Beach temporarily closed

A health advisory has been issued for E.G. Simmons Conservation Park beach due to high bacteria level. Samples taken were above threshold for enterococci bacteria. The beach will be re-sampled on or around Wednesday, September 08, 2021. For more information and updates call (813) 671-7655.

Park updates

  • The park's main phone lines are now up, however there is static. Please call (813) 426-5583 for assistance.

Canoe and boat ramp temporarily closed

The canoe launch and boat ramp are temporarily closed due to high waters caused by the recent rains. For more information and updates, please call (813) 987-6208.

Major construction project will cause closures

Due to a major construction project taking place for site improvements and new amenities, the recreation center building will be closed through the fall of 2022. Outside amenities will remain open, but could close from time-to-time due to the construction.

For more information call Jason Mackenzie at (813) 307-1891.

Road closed

Due to high water levels, the road connecting the following areas to the Dale Mabry entrance of Lake Park has been closed: R/C, Horse Arena, Eagle Shelter and BMX. To access these areas, use the entrance at 17123 Whirley Road.

For more information contact (813) 264-3806.

Flooded sections of trail

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

Park updates

  • Shelters closed
    • Shelters #7 and #12 are closed due to high waters. Both are first come first serve shelters.
  • Canoe/kayak launch closed
    • The canoe/kayak launch is closed due to waters rising on the Hillsborough River. When the water level recedes allowing for safe conditions, the canoe/kayak launch will reopen.

For more information and updates please call (813) 987-6204.

Park Update

  • Swimming updates
    • Swim times will be divided into two, four-hour time limits with a maximum capacity of 200 swimmers during each time slot.
    • Time Slot #1: 9 AM - 1 PM
    • Time Slot #2: 2 PM - 6 PM
    • Sanitation of the swim area will occur in between the two time slots.
    • Swim bands will not be sold one hour prior to swimming area closing.
    • Note: Swimming area subject to close due to thunder, lightning, and inclement weather.
  • Canoe Launch Closed
    • The canoe/kayak launch is closed due to waters rising on the Alafia River. When the water level recedes allowing for safe conditions, the canoe/kayak launch will reopen.

For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 744-5572


Biking area open

The biking area is now open. There are still a few trails that are under water. Visitors are asked to avoid those areas where trail closed signs are posted.

Park updates

  • The biking area is now open. There are still a few trails that are under water. Visitors are asked to avoid those areas where trail closed signs are posted.
  • The River Overlook trail is closed for repairs. It is expected to re-open in mid-August 2021.

Park closed for wetland mitigation project

The Northwest Equestrian Conservation Park is closed for a wetland mitigation project. The park is expected to re-open early 2021. For more information and updates, please call the Conservation Parks Administrative Office at (813) 987-6240.

Skate Park Temporary Closure

We will close the skate park temporarily from July 5 through mid-September for maintenance. For more information call (813) 744-5319.

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.

The boardwalk and dock will be closed for upgrades and repair. The project will extend through October.


Entrance at Dry Creek Drive temporarily closed

The entrance at Dry Creek Drive will close due to repairs to a culvert beginning on July 26. The area is anticipated to stay closed through Monday, Sept. 20.

If you need more information, call the office at (813) 801-6729.

Flooded sections of trail

Portions of the trail next to Lake Flynn are deeply flooded. Most of the red trail is not flooded and is accessible for hiking.