Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Location

10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 834-3247 Kiosk/Reservations
(727) 834-3262 Maintenance

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

Park Information

This regional park covers over 8,300 acres of land and is a cooperative venture between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Pasco County Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a kiosk, open space, camping area, horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and multi-purpose trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, horseshoe and volleyball courts. The birding trail was designated by the Audubon Society and 177 species of birds have been viewed. View the West Pasco Audubon Society webpage.

The multi-purpose trail consists of 7.3 miles of paved surface for bike riding, roller blading, jogging or walking and it connects to the Suncoast Trail (42 miles) which runs along the west side of the Suncoast Parkway and stretches across Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties with eight trailheads in Pasco County. There is a 10 mile equestrian trail and 13 miles of hiking trails. View the Florida Greenways and Trails website.

Dogs are allowed in the day use area, the hiking and paved bike trail but must be on a 6' leash. No dogs are allowed in the camping area or equestrian trail.

Amenities

  • Camping / Nature Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Bike Trail (Connects to Suncoast Trail)
  • Volleyball (Outdoor)
  • Horseshoe Pits / Equestrian trail
  • Picnic Area / Shelter
  • Open Space

Reservations

View the online reservation webpage to make a reservation for the following:

  • Shelters
  • Pavilions
  • Cabins
  • Tent Camping
  • Primitive Camping
  • Day Use Open Area

Activity Schedule

*Please email fbuckman@pascocountyfl.net for more information or to register for a program where is space is limited.
Date Activity
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Paddle on the Cotee River
Saturday, November 16, 2019
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Stargazing at Starkey
Sunday, November 17, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Basic Camping Skills