The Bahia Beach Nature Preserve was acquired in 2001 by Hillsborough County through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (ELAPP). After the County acquired the property, the Preserve was restored as a cooperative project between Hillsborough County, the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County, and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
The restoration area consists of new wetlands created for the purposes of enhancing wildlife and marine habitat and improving water quality discharging into the bay. Wading birds, ducks, bald eagles and shorebirds offer great viewing opportunities for birdwatchers.
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