Containing the largest area of contiguous natural habitat remaining in northwest Hillsborough County, public ownership of this preserve ensures protection of important wildlife habitat and the site’s wetlands, which serve as the headwaters of the Brooker Creek system. This property includes a mosaic of forested swamps, floodplains and low-lying uplands. The uplands include pine flatwoods, xeric oak hammocks, and mixed hardwood and pine prairies.
Since 1993, Hillsborough County staff has performed a number of resource inventories that identified an abundance of wildlife and vegetation, some of which are considered threatened or endangered. For this reason, recreational activities on the property are limited to walking and hiking. Jointly acquired by the District and Hillsborough County, the property is managed by Hillsborough County.
- Paved bike trail.
- Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear
- Several miles of unimproved interior roads.
Greenways and Trail Links
- Upper Tampa Bay Trail (North) — 4.35-mile multiuse paved trail.
- Trailhead at 7020 Lutz Lake Fern Road — 53 parking spaces, restrooms and picnic shelter;
connects to the Suncoast Trail.
- Suncoast Trail — 42 miles.
- Suncoast Trail information, (813) 801-6729.
- Picnic facilities available.
Access and Parking
- Parking, kiosk and picnic table available at entrance on Ramblewood Road.
- Lutz Lake Fern Road Trailhead at 7020 Lutz Lake Fern Road has parking for a fee.
- Walk-through gate on east side of Brown Road north of Van Dyke Road; parking on road shoulder.
Restrooms and Water
Nearby Recreation Lands
For More Information
Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department,