Park Closures

Occasionally our parks, or certain sections of our parks, must close due to environmental concerns or construction, or are closed for a national holiday.

Holiday closures

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.

Lake Frances Nature Preserve
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.
  • The canoe launch is temporarily closed
  • The paved trail at Alderman's Ford Conservation Park will be closed during the weekdays from April 16, 2018 thru September 2018 for construction to the boardwalk. The trail will be open for use on the weekends.

For more details, please call the park at (813) 757-3801.

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 September, the renovations will increase safety.

Please consider visiting E.G. Simmons Conservation Park during the renovation. 

The Baker Creek Boat Ramp will be closed for improvement beginning May 21st and is estimated to re-open in mid-August. For more information call (813) 672-7876.

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.

Due to the high water levels the back of Davis Park is temporarily closed. The back of the park will remain closed until the water has receded and can be safely accessed. The front of the park is still open.

Dead River Conservation Park is temporarily closed due to localized flooding within the park. Once the water recedes, the park staff will need to perform maintenance to the entrance road to repair damage caused by heavy rains. If no further damage occurs, we anticipate reopening the park by the end of October 2018. For more information and updates please call the park office at (813) 987-6211.

  • There is sitting water on the Flatwoods Conservation Park paved trail at Clay Gully and the Trout Creek Crossing. Please exercise caution in these areas. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 987-6211.

Old Fort King Trail
All three trail bridges are closed indefinitely for repairs. Access to the trail is still available north of the bridges. For more information, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.

The main road through Lake Conservation Park is closed due to flooding. To access the park, use the entrance located at 17123 Whirley Road. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 264-3806.

The canoe launch and shelters 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 at Lettuce Lake Conservation Park are temporarily closed. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 987-6204.

The Morris Bridge Biking Area (AKA, Hole in the Fence) located at 12651 Morris Bridge Rd, Thonotosassa, 33592, will be closed on September 25th and 26th for road repairs. For more information and updates, please call the park office at (813) 987-6211.