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.