Map of Chito Branch Reserve
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About Chito Branch Reserve

The Chito Branch Reserve is a unique natural sanctuary situated in the heart of rapidly developing southeastern Hillsborough County. As part of the greater Alafia River Corridor of public conservation lands, its natural habitats provide a haven for native Florida wildlife and plant life, many becoming increasingly rare in the region. Outdoor enthusiasts can observe fox squirrels, gopher tortoises, wading birds and other Florida wildlife interact in their natural environment. Whether enjoyed on a winding foot path, a bike trail or bridle path, Chito Branch Reserve is a quiet oasis in a fast-paced world.

The District purchased the 5,515-acre reserve in 2001, in cooperation with Tampa Bay Water, for the primary purpose of building the 15-billion-gallon C.W. “Bill” Young Regional Reservoir to collect and store drinking water. The reservoir is built on 1,100 acres. The remaining property consists of a variety of habitats, including wetlands, pine and scrubby flatwoods, scrub, freshwater marshes and improved pasture.

Recreational Opportunities


  • Approximately 6 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Bicyclists are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Florida law requires bicyclists under 16 to wear helmets.


  • Approximately 6 miles of multiuse trails.
  • Riders are required to stay on designated or marked trails.
  • Each horseback rider must carry proof of horse‚Äôs current negative Coggins test.
  • Florida law requires equestrians under 16 to wear helmets.


  • Approximately 6 miles of designated or marked trails.

Access and Parking

South on Browning Road off CR 640.

Limited Access Areas

  • Onsite reservoir is closed to public access and use.

Restrooms and Water

No restrooms or water available.


Southeastern Hillsborough County

Nearby Recreation Lands

For More Information

Land Resources, Southwest Florida Water Management District, 1-800-423-1476 (FL only) or (352) 796-7211, ext. 4470

Visit this Property

Street Address

11254 Browning Road
Lithia, FL 33547
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5,515 Acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset.

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Conservation Lands of Southwest Florida
Florida Wilderness

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