Hiking around Tarpon Springs, Florida

If you’re looking to take a hike in the area (and hike off some of that Greek food) there are two nice spots to try out.

Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Rd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

The largest natural area in Pinellas County including almost five miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of equestrian trails.

The environment is mostly forested wetlands with boardwalks and pine flatwoods with dirt trails.

You are likely to see deer, turkeys or gopher tortoises. When I visited at the end of the short Bird Trail there were some people who had a telescope pointed at a bald eagles nest far in the distance. This is a very important environment, the Brooker Creek is the only stream that enters Lake Tarpon. Visit the Environmental Education Center for more information on the habitats.

Anderson Park, 39699 US Hwy 19 N, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

A short, but pleasant boardwalk strolls along the shores of Salmon Bay. Climb up the observation tower for views into Lake Tarpon.

There are neat little picnic enclaves and plenty of birding. We saw limpkin and grebe.

Osprey and gators were common. Pretty pink little eggs coated blades of grass.

There is a dog park, boat ramp, and fishing access.

+If you’re looking for more of a beach experience, check out Fred Howard Park [1700 Sunset Dr, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689] and tell me how it is! Although I would have loved to, I didn’t get a chance to visit because it was cold and rainy.

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