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“Wilderness walk on the edge of Tampa/St. Pete's”

Brooker Creek Preserve
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Owner description: Brooker Creek Preserve is Pinellas County's largest natural area at nearly 8,500 acres. Boardwalks and trails (hiking and equestrian) are currently available for public use. Opens every day at 7:00 am and closes 30 minutes before sunset. The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education, provides numerous interactive exhibits, nature store, and resource center. Open Wednesday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm and Thursday - Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (closed holidays).
Holiday, Florida, United States
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Wilderness walk on the edge of Tampa/St. Pete's”
Reviewed December 4, 2013

On a recent lovely day following Thanksgiving, we were looking for a place to walk off some of our dinner and decided to visit Brooker Creek Preserve. Despite living about 20 minutes away from the Preserve, neither my partner Jeff or I had ever visited. We could not have been more delighted with our choice to spend the afternoon walking the trails at Brooker Creek. From the free parking, to an informative, interesting visitor's center, to the well maintained trails, we enjoyed or first time there. We walked a 2 mile loop that took us through marshes (on an elevated boardwalk), pine forests, and along Brooker Creek. Both of the longer trails were impassable because of a recent heavy rain, but we'll return soon to hike those. There is an enclosed picnic area, restrooms with lockers and other amenities. They do not allow pets, bicycles or other vehicles in the Preserve and there are no food venders, so bring your own water and snacks if you're spending a day. Insect repellant, binoculars and sturdy walking shoes are a good idea. It's a wonderful place to get the experience of natural Florida.

Visited November 2013
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Miami, Florida
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74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Slice of heaven”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a place where you can relax and be with nature. Make sure you take plenty of Bug Spray because the bugs are pretty very persistent. This is a beautiful example of nature at its best. Get there early to see the true beauty of native Floridian animals. The trails are well marked and you are likely to see alligators, deer and other critters if you go early on in the day.

Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Janjamel
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Nature, nature, nature!”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

My grandson LOVES this place! We usually like to go early morning when the dew is still on the spider webs and there are more animals to see. (alligators, deer, spiders, birds, frogs, and sometimes a snake). If you go later in the day, you should wear insect repellent.
The trails are well marked and the boardwalks which take you over the Brooker Creek are well built and safe. They also have guided hikes. The "center" which is open Thurs-Sun 9-4 has a gopher tortoise exhibit which my grandson loves to crawl through. There are a number of interactive educational exhibits to enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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5 Thank Janet H
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Palm Harbor, Florida
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“John Chestnut Sr. Park ( Brooker Creek Park) Wonderful”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been going to Brooker Creek Park since it opened. It is a great place for families, couples,
singles & dogs. You can walk, run, go boating, play ball ,ride bikes & use the dog run. There are nice wooden tables , boardwalks, benches, swings, playground & a boat dock A lookout tower with a view of Lake Tarpon. You can see alligators, turtles ,fish ,snakes, rabbits, all kinds of birds & deer. Wish they would put the windmill back up. Go ,you will not be disappointed & I hope you will see the sun set. Hope this is helpful & you know a little more about this wonderful park.

Visited July 2013
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4 Thank Toledogirl1979
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice walk in the woods”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Basically you are on your own on the nature trails. Even when it's hot out it is not so bad under the trees. Boardwalks are very nice. There is a lot of nature to see. I loved the bat houses. There is plenty of parking. Park is very clean. No pets allowed, unfortunately.

Visited May 2013
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