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This quiet little preserve is a great place to go bird watching. The hill you climb up has a covered picnic table to sit at. The view of Tampa Bay is great, especially when the cruise ships go out. It overlooks several ponds where many...More
Most of the info on this site is about the well-known, long-standing canoe & kayaking trails. But there is also a system of hiking trails, one of which is called the Trefoil Trail, and it's hard to get good information about the hiking trails. The...More
This was a nice place for a quiet nature walk and place to see lots of shore birds. According to the person manning the office most of the area is no longer maintained but we were free to wander anywhere we liked. We walked up...More
This is a fun paddle one the edge of Cockroach Bay and Tampa Bay. It winds through many mangrove islands. The signage is pretty good, but there were a few times where it is difficult to find the trail. Take a GPS.
We had no...More
Parking area and boat launch in an estuary. Lots of people using it the day we were there, but still room for all. Mangroves around it with channels big enough for kayaks, and the main channel leads out to the Little Manatee River.
We were driving thru the area and were intrigued by the name of this place, so got off the Tamiami Trail (Route 41), south of Ruskin and headed west on Cockroach Bay Road toward Tampa Bay. At the end of the road there were inlets,...More
Near the end of the road we found all kings of birds including white pelicans, spoonbills and ibis - great birding spot - the end of the road is a boat ramp. We did not take the trail off Gulf City Road
Yes, there is a fairly extensive set of trail loops, several of which are wonderful for birding. The parking area and trailhead are on the west side of Gulf City Rd., about 1/4 mi north of Cockroach Bay Rd. There's a short... More
Yes, there is a fairly extensive set of trail loops, several of which are wonderful for birding. The parking area and trailhead are on the west side of Gulf City Rd., about 1/4 mi north of Cockroach Bay Rd. There's a short 1.1 mi trail to a hill with an observation point that looks out over a lake toward the park office. There's a road/trail that goes around that lake. There's also a trail system that loops around 2 other lakes that were great for birding. A rough map that's not overly easy to follow is posted on a bulletin board near the parking area. The area is an aquatic preserve, and the office shows up on Google Maps if you search Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve. The office is about 1/4 mi. farther north on Gulf City Rd than the trailhead, and it's often unstaffed. If you want to contact me through TripAdvisor, I will gladly provide details. Also, I'm going to post a review with some photos that might be helpful. I met one serious local birder who says he comes to this spot often, and they don't throw him out at dusk/sunset.