Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve

Notice: The trail beyond the boardwalk is closed due to construction on State Road 52, and will be reopened once the construction is complete.


17135 Minneola Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34610
(813) 929-2760 (Administration Office)


Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk

Preserve Information

The preserve is dominated by 69 acres of bottomland forest associated with the Pithlachascotee River and a small tributary - Ryals Branch - that crosses the site. Other natural communities include sandhill and upland mixed forest. Protected wildlife species documented or likely to occur include the gopher tortoise, Florida mouse, gopher frog, little blue heron, and snowy egret. The Preserve has 2 miles of trails including a 1,500-foot boardwalk. 

The parking lot is packed shell and includes one ADA parking space. The playground is located adjacent to the parking lot, with picnic tables and benches nearby. Our nature trails are packed earth except for the wooden boardwalk, which is only accessible by following a trail and crossing a footbridge. There are no asphalt or concrete surfaces. The building is open by appointment only, and when in use is wheelchair accessible.


  • Hiking
  • Playground
  • Boardwalk 
  • Restroom (only available when staff is present)
  • Picnic Tables


Trail Map
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Location Map
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