Flatwoods Wilderness Park

Flatwoods Wilderness Park, Thonotosassa: Address, Phone Number, Flatwoods Wilderness Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Flatwoods Wilderness Park
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Located outside of downtown Tampa, this dog-friendly park offers hiking trails and a nine mile paved bike trail.
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Katrina
Tampa, FL7 contributions
Family
We took our 3 and 6 year old on the bike trail for an outdoor Florida riding experience and the Flatwoods trail did not disappoint. Went just after lunch so it wasn’t crowded. I would recommend parking at Morris Bridge over Bruce B Downs entrance with kids. The BBD’s trail head has less shade and has a steeper runoff from the paved trail which intimidated our kids last time we tried the trail.

From Morris Bridge, however, the paved trail is wide open and there is no slopped runoff/swale along the sides. It’s shady coming out of the parking lot to the first water station. (Perfect for the less experienced kids to try back and forth a few times).

The parking lot has clean bathrooms and a water bottle filler station. There are also bike pumps, tools, and a shower head for hosing off equipment if you go “off roading” with a mountain bike. (We kept on the paved road with our road bikes and kids). The 6 year old could do the whole 8 mile loop but the 3 year old we kept it short so as not to wear him out entirely.

Definitely bring sunscreen… any time of year in Florida, you’ll need it although the trail did have some nice shady areas.

There’s a mixture of experience levels on the trail, but everyone was friendly and polite. But know that the faster more experienced riders will zip by you and most likely hit the trail when it opens.

Enjoy what Florida has to offer! We did see birds, a bobcat, and a Florida cottonmouth on the trail! And my son was pretty sure he saw a pig! :-)
Written January 2, 2022
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636jeff
Fredericktown, OH346 contributions
Couples
We biked the entire 7 miles plus an additional 2 miles in no time at all because the asphalt trail is wide, flat, and smooth. Some folks have said this trail is wooded, but it is not. You have views of wooded areas nearly all the time but the trail is full sun. Restrooms are located at either entrance with parking.
Written February 4, 2021
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CharliefromTampa
Tampa, FL245 contributions
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Flatwoods is different for many people, although no motor powered vehicles allowed. Perhaps most would use the 7 mile paved loop, accessed via either a 0.6 miles, or a 2 miles section to the two parking areas. This is frequented by runners, cyclists, roller skaters, particularly Saturday and Sunday morning. Later the day it is pretty chilled (actually it gets pretty warm, much of the year). The access roads are not, but the loop is one way traffic for everything with wheels, clockwise. During the rainy season the 2 mile access road at one point foods, but there is an alternative bridge at the point, that the flood with rare exceptions does not block. Also on the north side of the loop there is a low area that might flood at the same time. There are four water stations stacked with ice cold water along the loop. The park road is where Amanda Coker rode most of the 80,000+ miles world record for the longest distance on a bicycle in a year. In the woods interpretive trail, also well shaded trail for hiking, trail running and mountain bikes. I've seen rabbits, deer, boars, various snakes, alligators, tortuous, turkeys, etc in the park.
Written April 18, 2017
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Kathryn M
Lutz, FL162 contributions
Family
There are two entrances to this park. We prefer the one off of Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Parking costs $2 but it lasts the entire day and there are clean restrooms and the ranger lives right there in case of emergencies. There is a two mile lead in to the seven mile loop road. From the other entrance it is only a mile but I haven't found that entrance to be as well maintained. We usually walk the two mile spur and back for a healthy four-mile hike. At other times we bike the entire loop for an 11-mile work out. The path is all concrete though there are some spur trails off of the main loop that are not. Though basic the concreted areas are free of potholes so are safe. It is a shared trail so use good manners ... bikers say "passing on your left" and walkers don't hog the entire width to give faster users room to pass safely.
Written March 12, 2018
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Mercedes S
Tampa, FL37 contributions
Couples
It seemed like a lovely park. My husband and two dogs went for a walk there on Tuesday. The weather was nice. The park was clean. My only complaint is the "trail map" is completely useless. My husband took a photo of the posted trail map and we had a paper copy of the map. At some point in our walk, we decided to cut off the paved trail and walk through the woods. There were trail markers with numbers on them, but without a reference on the illegible paper map, they made no sense. Rather than turn around and go back the same way, we kept walking until we got tired, hoping that the numbers would lead us back to the paved trail. Instead we ended up a mile from the entrance and on a busy road (Morris Bridge Rd.) At this point my older dog was so tired, we decided to wait on the side of the road while my husband power-walked to get the car. So... it could have been a lot better. A legible map, an actual trail map, different colored markers, anything would be an improvement. If you are going to stay on the sunny paved trail, you should be fine.
Written March 3, 2017
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Trish Wild
Tampa, FL312 contributions
Friends
Nestled between the towns of Thonotosassa and New Tampa, FL, there is an entire network of public parks. This review concerns the Flatwood Wilderness Park multi-purpose (biking / hiking / jogging / roller blade) loop.

The loop itself is a paved, seven mile long, road. Cyclists love the smooth one-way ride and hikers enjoy being able to stay "on pavement" during Florida's rainy season. During dry months, there is a network of "off pavement" trails that can be enjoyed by hiking enthusiasts. Long-distance runners and triathletes train here, as well.

Facilities are excellent. There are restrooms at both main park entrances (Bruce B Downs and Morris Bridge Road). The Morris Bridge Road entrance also hosts a visitor center. There are pavilions for rest in four locations around the trail. These pavilions contain benches, shade, maps and plenty of ice cold water in coolers (paper cups, as well).

There is not much shade on the paved trail and if you venture onto one of the non-paved trails you'll need plenty of bug spray.

The distance to the "loop" from the Bruce B Downs parking lot is approximately one mile.

Parking costs $2.00 and is self-servce. Bring cash to deposit your money into an envelope and obtain your car "hang tag".
Written September 2, 2015
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Rebecca W
Wesley Chapel, FL27 contributions
Solo
I love flatwoods but have to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid being ran over. Although most bikers are nice, some are rather rude. I had one guy tell me to get off the pavement and run in the grass. I paid my $2 just like everyone else and have every right to be on the pavement. It's not like I walking in the middle of the pavement. Some don't even announce "On your left", but give you nasty looks as they ride by. There is a bridge for walkers at one point, but I have been hit twice by people riding there bikes across it. Don't get me wrong, there are some great bike riders that announce "on your left" and smile or say good morning. Outside of that, it is such a beautiful place to be, great views, and some great trails. Just arrive before the bikes get there.
Written December 16, 2014
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TrailTrekker15
Tallahassee, FL3,808 contributions
Couples
Flatwoods Park near New Tampa is a great place to get out and walk or ride a bike. The paved trail is well-maintained and makes a large loop. We've walked much of the loop. Water stations are placed at intervals along with rest stations. There are other hiking trails off the main loop. These are not maintained as well (feral hogs often root them up), but make for a nice shady spur. The paved trail is mostly in full sun so going in the morning or evening is recommended particularly in the summer. We park at New Tampa Nature Park and take that trail into Flatwoods Park. Parking is free there and it's a short shady walk to the main loop.
Written July 8, 2018
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Pat D
Fremont, MI32 contributions
Family
We found this great bike trail in the middle of nature. There are two main entrances. On off of Morris Bridge Rd and one off of Bruce B Downs. There is a $2 parking fee, which helps maintain the restrooms and water stations. It is well worth it to have facilities to use. The main loop is 7 miles long. It is about a half mile from the parking at Morris Bridge to get to the loop and about 2 miles from Bruce B Downs to get to the loop. These are the paved sections. There are many other non paved trails, but we have not used those. There is also a nice little park with a zip line and some climbing options for the kids. The park is off of one of the splits in the trail. We took our 3, 6 and 8 year old grandkids biking there. The 3 year old was on the back of a bike. They loved the water stations which were about every 2 miles. The first time they had a tough time doing the whole loop. Today we did extra trails and we figured we rode about 11 miles. We stopped at the park for a picnic. It was a wonderful option for a beautiful day to do something healthy with the family. There were serious bikers as well as joggers and walkers on the trail. The trail is very wide and accommodates many.
Written December 29, 2016
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JulieBee813
Tampa, FL77 contributions
Couples
My husband and I took a nice long walk from marker 24 to 32 and back this weekend. It was an easy hike and not too hot under the tree cover. Since we have had so much rain lately, the mosquitoes were out and hungry, apparently for my blood. They took plenty but we still enjoyed the walk. This park is mainly a paved bike path, but there are hiking trails (for mountain bikes too) that are easy and well marked.
Written September 25, 2013
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