Regional Park

The FishHawk Creek Preserve is a 3,286-acre site located in southeastern Hillsborough County. The preserve is located along the riparian corridor of FishHawk Creek, a significant tributary of the Alafia River. As a result, the acquisition and protection of the Fish Hawk Creek Nature Preserve has provided an essential link in assuring the long-term protection of a significant regional habitat corridor. While you may see the preserve's name sake, the osprey (also known colloquially as a fish hawk), there are also many opportunities to see an array of wildlife on the preserve.

The preserve is bisected by FishHawk Blvd., and is identified by a north section and a south section.

  • The north portion is adjacent to Lithia Springs Conservation Park, includes two pavilions with picnic tables, and a trailhead for over 3 miles of hiking trails on the preserve
    • *Parking for the north preserve is located at 3931 Lithia Springs Road and can only be accessed by entering Lithia Springs Conservation Park. There is a $2 fee per vehicle to enter Lithia Springs Park.
  • The south portion has parking at 16640 Boyette Rd. and includes pavilions with picnic tables, a basketball court, and a trailhead. Part of this portion is closed for restoration.
    • Parking for FishHawk Creek Preserve South is free

Trail Map

Management Plan

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
Last Modified: 2/22/2024, 3:25:38 PM