Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve Campsite
Pets Allowed: Leashed
Traffic Noise: None
Reservation: Free by email
Management: Southwest Florida Water Management District
Road Access: Paved/Dirt
Open: All Year
RV Length: 25 ft
Stay: 14 Day limit
NORTHEAST CORNER OF THIS PROPERTY IS THE SITE OF THE OAK RIDGE
EQUESTRIAN AREA. WHILE STILL RURAL, THIS REGION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
IS TRANSITIONING TO SUBURBAN SUBDIVISIONS. THE TRAIL IS SHADED WITHIN A
FORESTED WETLAND AND OPEN THROUGH PINE FLATWOODS.
Quiet campground and a perfect base to explore the Tampa Bay area.
You can do shopping or spend the day on a Clearwater beach, eat out in a
local restaurant and still be back in time to spend a couple of hours
around the campfire. It has 3-5 campsites, spread out over a large area
with lots of trees. T-mobile reception is 2 bars 3G and some road noise
can be heard and an occasional plane, but neither is bothersome.
It’s a dog friendly park, but your pet must stay on a leash and you have to pick up after him. The only drawback is the campground reservation system; reserving on-line is easy, but it takes a few business days for you to receive the confirmation email with the number of the access lock.
After passing through the gate, you drive less than one mile on a
well-maintained limestone road to the camping area, a grassy area with
many tall, long-leaf pines. It is far from optimal for solar setups, but
you may catch a few solar rays when you stay close to the road, that
has much needed southern exposure. A clean area with a porto-potti and a
water pump (non-potable) are available, but no garbage collection. A
small pavilion for group camping, 5 picnic tables and several fire pits.
From I-4 & I-75, north on I-75. 5 Miles north on I-75. 8 Miles east on Morris bridge Rd. Right onto the parking area. Continue 0.75 mile through the gate to the campground.
Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
14 miles of hiking trails which you have to share occasionally with horses. A good 1hr hike leads thru one of Florida’s typical habitats to a beautiful view of the Hillsborough river.
GARBAGE! Free and dispersed camping is a privilege and can be taken away. Many of the campsites that I use and enjoy, have litter laying around, often just a few cans, sometimes a heap. Please dispose of your garbage appropriately and perhaps collect some of what was left by previous campers. Leave your campsite cleaner than before!