Occasionally our parks, or certain sections of our parks, must close due to environmental concerns or construction, or are closed for a national holiday.
All of our conservation and wilderness parks are open on most holidays, but are closed or close early on the following days:
- Thanksgiving Day - all closed
- Christmas Eve
- Veteran's Memorial Park and Dead River Wilderness Park closed
- All others close at 2 PM
- Christmas Day - all closed
Check this page for updates on other closures.
The Lake Frances Nature Preserve horse parking lot located at 11009 Tarpon Springs Road in Odessa is temporarily closed due to wet conditions. We look forward to promptly reopening the parking lot as soon as it is dry. For more information and updates please call the preserve office at (813) 264-8513.
Beginning May 21, 2018, the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve will be undergoing renovations to improve and expand the parking area. The site will remain open to the public during construction, but parking will be limited to 30 regular, and 4 handicapped spaces. Please be sure to follow all signage and signals at the site, and do not park in areas that are marked “No Parking”.
While this will be an inconvenience until completion in late October, the renovations will increase safety.
Please consider visiting E.G. Simmons Conservation Park during the renovation.
The Balm Boyette Scrub Nature Preserve has a new parking lot located at 15102 County Road 672, Wimauma. The old parking lot, located at 13998 Balm Boyette Road, Lithia, is officially closed. Please use the new entrance to access the preserve. If you have any questions, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.
Beginning December 1, 2018 the Williams Boat Ramp and Park, located at 9425 US Hwy 41 S in Riverview, will temporarily close for major renovations. The park will re-open in the spring of 2019 with new ADA accessible floating docks, resurfaced boat ramps, and a renovated fishing pier. For more information and updates, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.