Fish Hawk Creek Nature Preserve North$2 per vehicle
This preserve is located off of Fish Hawk Creek which flows into the Alafia River. The river and preserve are named after the osprey (also known as fish hawk) that are known to live here. The preserve makes for a beautiful hike or run along its trails. The FishHawk Creek Preserve is a 3,286-acre site located in southeastern Hillsborough County. The preserve is located along the riparian corridor of FishHawk Creek, a significant tributary of the Alafia River. As a result, the acquisition and protection of the Fish Hawk Creek Nature Preserve has provided an essential link in assuring the long-term protection of a significant regional habitat corridor. While you may see the preserve's name sake, the osprey (also known colloquially as a fish hawk), there are also many opportunities to see an array of wildlife on the preserve. The preserve is bisected by FishHawk Blvd., and is identified by a north section and a south section: The north portion is adjacent to Lithia Springs Conservation Park, includes two pavilions with picnic tables, and a trailhead for over 3 miles of hiking trails on the preserve (Parking for the north preserve is located at 3931 Lithia Springs Road and can only be accessed by entering Lithia Springs Conservation Park. There is a $2 fee per vehicle to enter Ltihia Springs Park.) The south portion has parking at 16640 Boyette Rd. and includes pavilions with picnic tables, a basketball court, and a trailhead. Part of this portion is closed for restoration. (Parking for FishHawk Creek Preserve South is free).