Little Manatee River State Park

There are many ways to enjoy the Little Manatee River State Park

By Foot – One can hike 6.5 miles through hammock, bottomland forest, flatwoods, scrub and sandhill communities. A great trail for the birding enthusiasts.

By Horseback– A picturesque way to experience Little Manatee River State Park with over 15 miles of equestrian trails.

By Paddling –  A pristine black water river that flows through the park for more than five miles. Canoe and kayak rentals are available from the ranger station from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Picnic tables and upright grills are scattered through the scrub, mostly shaded by mature sand pines. Follow the picnic area walkway down to the river, where three picnic pavilions sit on the banks of the river. 

A playground is located in the main picnic area adjacent to the picnic area parking lot. 

Wildlife Viewing

Don’t forget your camera!! With over 2,400 acres of habitat for Florida wildlife, chances are you are going to get an opportunity to snap a picture.  Frequent river sightings include turtles, alligators and fish, with occasional sightings of otters and seasonal wildlife like the manatees.


With sites for tents and RVs, there are a number of accommodations for your desired camping experience. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and water and electrical pedestal.

Enjoy trotting along over 15 miles of equestrian trails and then spend the night in one of the four equestrian campground sites in the park.

Directions & General Info

Little Manatee River State Park is located at 215 Lightfoot Rd. Wimauma FL 33598 Admission is $5 per car

Off Highway 301 between Tampa and Bradenton

Item of Note: Snakes are part of nature and in certain seasons they are abundant on the trails. Be aware of your surroundings and wear appropriate hiking shoes.