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“Breathing space”

Flatwoods Wilderness Park
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Owner description: Located outside of downtown Tampa, this dog-friendly park offers hiking trails and a nine mile paved bike trail.
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Walk, ride, skate, run, birdwatch to your heart's content. Plenty of open space keeps you from tripping over each other.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Kathryn B
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

Flatwoods is different for many people, although no motor powered vehicles allowed. Perhaps most would use the 7 mile paved loop, accessed via either a 0.6 miles, or a 2 miles section to the two parking areas. This is frequented by runners, cyclists, roller skaters, particularly Saturday and Sunday morning. Later the day it is pretty chilled (actually it gets pretty warm, much of the year). The access roads are not, but the loop is one way traffic for everything with wheels, clockwise. During the rainy season the 2 mile access road at one point foods, but there is an alternative bridge at the point, that the flood with rare exceptions does not block. Also on the north side of the loop there is a low area that might flood at the same time. There are four water stations stacked with ice cold water along the loop. The park road is where Amanda Coker rode most of the 80,000+ miles world record for the longest distance on a bicycle in a year. In the woods interpretive trail, also well shaded trail for hiking, trail running and mountain bikes. I've seen rabbits, deer, boars, various snakes, alligators, tortuous, turkeys, etc in the park.

Date of experience: April 2017
3  Thank CharliefromTampa
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

It seemed like a lovely park. My husband and two dogs went for a walk there on Tuesday. The weather was nice. The park was clean. My only complaint is the "trail map" is completely useless. My husband took a photo of the posted trail map and we had a paper copy of the map. At some point in our walk, we decided to cut off the paved trail and walk through the woods. There were trail markers with numbers on them, but without a reference on the illegible paper map, they made no sense. Rather than turn around and go back the same way, we kept walking until we got tired, hoping that the numbers would lead us back to the paved trail. Instead we ended up a mile from the entrance and on a busy road (Morris Bridge Rd.) At this point my older dog was so tired, we decided to wait on the side of the road while my husband power-walked to get the car. So... it could have been a lot better. A legible map, an actual trail map, different colored markers, anything would be an improvement. If you are going to stay on the sunny paved trail, you should be fine.

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank Mercedes S
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Excellent place for biking. Long, hilly runs and flat as well. Asphalted throughout. Some sections under water after heavy rains. Full of wildlife!

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank tkilpat
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

We found this great bike trail in the middle of nature. There are two main entrances. On off of Morris Bridge Rd and one off of Bruce B Downs. There is a $2 parking fee, which helps maintain the restrooms and water stations. It is well worth it to have facilities to use. The main loop is 7 miles long. It is about a half mile from the parking at Morris Bridge to get to the loop and about 2 miles from Bruce B Downs to get to the loop. These are the paved sections. There are many other non paved trails, but we have not used those. There is also a nice little park with a zip line and some climbing options for the kids. The park is off of one of the splits in the trail. We took our 3, 6 and 8 year old grandkids biking there. The 3 year old was on the back of a bike. They loved the water stations which were about every 2 miles. The first time they had a tough time doing the whole loop. Today we did extra trails and we figured we rode about 11 miles. We stopped at the park for a picnic. It was a wonderful option for a beautiful day to do something healthy with the family. There were serious bikers as well as joggers and walkers on the trail. The trail is very wide and accommodates many.

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank Pat D
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