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Upper Tampa Bay Park

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Upper Tampa Bay Park

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8001 Double Branch Rd, Tampa, FL 33635-9657
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Gary A wrote a review Aug 2020
Tampa, Florida2,560 contributions183 helpful votes
I live in the neighborhood and frequent this park regularly. Some of the reviews on here implying the trails are unkept or there are homeless dangers just aren’t true. It’s a remarkably well kept, gorgeous and safe park, staffed with rangers who are frequently seen. Due to Covid, the great nature center and canoe rentals are currently not open, but the canoe launch is open, and you can put in and enjoy spectacularly scenery and fishing from there. 3 short hiking trails are also open, and they are each unique and kept in great condition. During the wet season we are currently in, the Bobcat Trail tends to flood and be rather muddy, so I’d advise the other two. Watch out for wildlife of all types, including pit vipers and coral snakes, but if you stay on the trails and watch what’s in front of you, it’s perfectly safe and a great place to walk. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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8ric wrote a review Nov 2019
Tampa, Florida1,042 contributions253 helpful votes
A fantastic preserve with scenic views of Mobbly Bay and Old Tampa Bay. There are trails, covered picnic areas, a nature center and canoe/kayak rentals with a launch right on the bay. The trails are a very easy hike and are well established. There are bathroom facilities located in the park. For children a great experience with a large playground area included. Cost here is minimal at $2.00 per person.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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bbcaao wrote a review Nov 2019
23 contributions14 helpful votes
We tried to walk through the trails from the trailhead. Lots of stumps made it difficult. The view of water was less than inviting...muddy and unattractive
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Rhonda A wrote a review Nov 2019
Tampa, Florida24 contributions12 helpful votes
This park is staffed by highly knowledgeable rangers and there are wonderful exhibits indoors while you can also take in the mangroves and boardwalk to see birds and fish in their natural habitat. The locale offers easy access to paddleboarding and kayaking too.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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HappyExplorer33 wrote a review Sep 2019
Tampa, Florida25 contributions21 helpful votes
Visited Upper Tampa BayPark this week, decided to go after work for a nice quiet walk before it closed. The website and sign on the park entrance says the park closes at 6pm and opens at 8am, but the gate was closed and locked at 5:30pm. There's no signage anywhere that states the gates will be closed at 5:30pm, and there was no one around to talk to about why the gates were closed early. Several other cars also drove up to enter the park during my short time there, but were forced to turn around and leave. I feel that a county park closing at 6pm during the summer when the days are long is too early. We are limited in the parks we're able to access, and closing so early doesn't really serve the residents of the county well. Closing the gates even earlier arbitrarily without any signage on the gate or website to indicate that, is not good management, especially when people are driving from a distance to visit the park and can't get in. It's a nice park and we should be able to utilize it more.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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