Preserves and Conservation Areas
Preserves differ from parks in that preserves are primarily managed for the preservation of functioning ecosystems and their components, and as such, serve as havens from developmental pressure for plant and animal communities. Be advised that recreation opportunities are low-impact in order to preserve this natural state. Visitors should expect to encounter rugged terrain (including inundated trails during the rainy season and occasional fallen debris) and minimal amenities. Visitors should plan to bring any items they may need, such as water, bug spray, sun screen, etc. for their visit and follow Leave No Trace ethics.
Aripeka Sandhills Preserve
This 210-acre Preserve was acquired as part of the 7,136-acre Weeki Wachee Preserve managed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. This site is owned both by Pasco County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District.
Boy Scout Preserve
This 18-acre Preserve is adjacent to the Robert Crown Wilderness Area. This site is located within one of the Coastal Ecological Planning Units and provides potential nesting habitat for the bald eagle and provides foraging habitat for several other listed species. The Preserve has a small natural surface trail, a parking area and geocaching.
Pasco Palms Preserve
This 116-acre Preserve is adjacent to Eagle Point Park. A grant from the Florida Communities Trust was awarded for the acquisition of this property for 50% of the acquisition cost. This site is located within one of the Coastal Ecological Planning Units identified in the Assessment of Measures to Protect Wildlife Habitat in Pasco County. The Preserve currently has several geocaches.
Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve
This 129-acre Preserve was the first to be acquired and protected by the program. It is located within a designated wildlife corridor and it is dominated by 69 acres of bottomland forest associated with the Pithlachascotee River and a small tributary - Ryals Branch - that crosses the site. A grant from the Florida Communities Trust was awarded for the acquisition of this property for 50% of the acquisition cost. The Preserve has 3 miles of natural surface trails, a picnic shelter, geocaching, drinking water, a parking lot and a playground.
Conservation Areas are properties that protect natural resources but do not support established public uses. Some of these properties will support low-impact recreation once restoration activities are completed, at which time updated information will be added to this page. View the ELAMP (Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program) webpage for more information.