James E Grey Preserve is One of our favorites for an easy shaded nature walk on boardwalk and gravel trails.
The 2 mile loop trail winds around the park and is mostly gravel and sand and The 1/2 mile boardwalk trail is ADA accessible
The Boardwalk trail along the Pithlachascotee River is very jungle-like and swampy and provides a great opportunity to see wildlife in a natural and picturesque environment. The river eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico and in the cooler winter months, it is not unusual to spot a manatee that has come upriver looking for warmer waters.
All types of critters and reptiles call James E. Grey Preserve home and during the spring and summer months, the preserve comes alive with the blooming colors of the native wildflowers. The preserve is also on the Great Florida Birding Trail and 150 species of birds have been documented as spotted within the preserve’s boundaries.
Kayaking/canoeing the meandering river is a popular activity in the preserve and a launch ramp is provided. I hear the fishing is pretty good too.
The preserve is a beautiful place for not only a walk but for a family picnic. Restrooms and playground is located within the picnic area.
The 80 acre, James E. Grey preserve is located at 6938 Plathe Rd, New Port Richey, FL and is open from 8 am to sundown. Admission is free