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The Flatwoods Park Trail is located within a park of the same name. Flatwoods Park is just one of five parks that make up the Wilderness Park system. These parks include Trout Creek, Dead River, Morris Bridge and John B. Sargeant Memorial Park. This multi-purpose route is a seven-mile paved loop that provides a pleasant wooded experience with abundant wildlife such as armadillo, turtles, hawks, and deer to name a few. Towards the edge of the trail going west and north, you will ride pass some of Tampa’s housing developments. There are several picnic shelters, grills and tables available throughout the trail with a fee, along with coolers and other amenities. Some caution should be used during and after rain showers as puddles can develop. On any given day, there is a good blend of cyclers, joggers, hikers, and skaters and proper etiquette should be used by all.
There is a two-mile extension that connects the main loop to Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with an additional paved one-mile connection between Morris Bridge Road and the loop road.
The Morris Bridge entrance is about 5 miles northeast of I-75 on Morris Bridge Road (CR 579) at Flatwoods Park Trail. Taking exit 266 towards E Fletcher Ave/Morris Bridge Road will take you directly to the park. A visitor center is located within the entrance with additional parking available 0.5 miles further west where the loop trail begins.
The Bruce B. Downs Boulevard (CR 581) entrance is 1 mile northeast of I-75 via exit 270 at the intersection of Richmond Place Drive with restrooms and parking available.
Drove from I-75 and turned east on Bruce B. Downs Blvd, driving less than a mile before turning right (south) into the entrance. Trail head has restrooms and a Pepsi machine. We enjoyed the very smooth asphalt surface and the scenery -lots of the "old Florida" with palmettos and native trees. Saw a 6' alligator off to the side. Friendly bicyclists passed us (we're on recumbent trikes) and we passed walkers and a skater.
A quick shower hit us at the best time, as we were only a few feet from a shelter. Nice to have a place to hang out.
1) 11 mile trip if you use the Bruce B. Downs entrance. 7 miles if you use the Morris Bridge road entrance. Plan accordingly!
2) After riding there are several places to grab a fast food lunch (ChickFila, etc) and a Walgreens to visit if you stop and happen to adjust your bike seat on an ant bed like me.
nice easy ride. has a lot of off trails if mtb is ur thing. does cost 2 bucks to park. wildlife was a nice change from seeing cars.
I have ridden the Flatwoods loop for almost 20 years now and it's just great, getting better maintained and more accessible each year. I have hiked, road biked, trail biked and run this trail and its just a great place to be out with nature and others. I
I had walked this trail several times with my dog. It is paved woodsy, but not too many shade. The times I had been it has been only a few people, so, I do not like that. Also, I think it needs more signs for those like me that can be lost easily. Overall I enjoy this trial! Check it out.
This is a very good trail that makes a 7 mile loop while passing through some nice woods. We ride this trail often. The trail is so wide, you will ride mostly in the sun which will be hot in the summer time, but they do an excellent job of maintaining the hydration stations. Lots of riders come here to ride fast but there is plenty of room for passing so it's not an issue for us slower riders. There are also miles and miles of off road trails as well. In the evenings there is less traffic and it's more peaceful. Look for deer in the woods, especially on the southern side near the end of the loop.
Paved and easy to ride with very little for elevation or hills. Portions will be under water during rainy season so prepare yourself. Tucked into nature can be beautiful but absolutely watch for Cottonmouth snakes when riding in the AM during winter months as I have seen plenty of them on the asphalt looking to warm themselves. Water stations every few miles are a blessing in the Florida heat!
I've visited this trail once before and it was great. Decided to take my 10 yr old today for his first time and the park was closed. I'm not sure why, as I couldn't read the sign. I guess I'll try another time. ¿¿
Flatwoods is a great place to go to just get your miles in. It isn't terribly exciting BUT that beats getting hit by a car. For the most part, people are there to actually exercise not just "mosey" so this trail generally isn't an exercise in frustration to use. You will need to bring $2 CASH to park.
The loop itself is about 7 miles and traffic is supposed to flow in only one direction but people don't always obey this. There are 3 connectors which connect to the Bruce B. Downs parking lot (next to Chili's), the Morris Bridge Rd. lot, and New Tampa Nature Park. There are also mountain bike and hiking trails (unpaved) criss-crossing throughout the park which connect to other lots.
There are restrooms at 2 locations and cold water is provided in coolers at 4 locations plus water fountains at the parking lots. The water stations have cone cups, a few benches, and are shaded but I recommend you bring your own bottle too. There are bike-wash showers at each parking lot.
The landscape/ecosystems change a little bit and you will most likely see some wildlife, most often tortoises, snakes, and birds (raptors and wading birds). I've seen wild pigs and deer too.
Portions of the trail get closed now and then for maintenance and once a year they have controlled burns. Check the Hillsborough County website just to be sure. Be aware that due to flooding in the summer months the off-road portions are often closed and there will be a little water over the trail in some areas.
Very scenic, a lot to take in while riding. If the trail was longer I would give it 5 stars. Other then that it was great.
Completed a morning walk around the seven mile trail, really enjoyed the wide paved road and scenery. The water stations along the path are perfect for breaking up the trail. The best 2 bucks I ever spent..
Excellent park to ride away from traffic. The only issue we have are the " roadies" that think they own the trail and speed by everyone going way too fast for a trail frequented by small children and seniors. They speed by in groups often cutting back in recklessly
My husband and I rode this trail in January of 2016. It was a great time to ride as it was on the cool side. What we really loved about this trail was the fact that there were no cars or cross streets and the scenery was beautiful. It is a continuous loop going one direction. You can extend your ride by taking the extension that concludes at a park. There were many riders the day we were there, but as you all go in the same direction, it was very pleasant. Nice areas to stop and rest. We took the loop twice to add extra miles. As in most Florida parks, you have to pay a $2 fee, but at this one, you put your money in an envelope, put it in the receptacle, and hang a tag on your rear view mirror. Very nice trail, well maintained, and varied enough to make the ride interesting. We had a little trouble finding the place as there are several entrances along that same road that lead you to other areas of the park. Address we were given was not exactly correct, but well worth the adventure of finding the trail.
I enjoyed this trail with my kids. It really was 11 miles long. We found a cool zip line just off the trail. Looking forward to our next trail ride.
Appreciate the cold water
Stayed just around the corner from Flatwood and went there 3 times over a weeks time. Love that it's a circle and everyone has to go the same direction. Easy to go around numerous times to get a good workout in.
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