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About John B. Sargeant Park

The confluence of Flint Creek and the Hillsborough River provides a beautiful setting for John B. Sargeant Park. The park is best known for boating access to the river. Downriver, the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail is a winding, verdant jungle of hardwood trees, lilies and birds. Upstream, the river widens to flow through the broad hardwood swamp known as the Seventeen Runs. In 1989, Flint Creek Park was renamed in memory of John B. Sargeant, Sr., who served as a member of the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Recreational Opportunities

Bird Watching

Boating and Paddling

  • Boating fee.
  • Boat ramp, boat dock, canoe launch and trailer parking provided.
  • 2-hour trip downriver to Morris Bridge Park.
  • 4-hour trip downstream to Trout Creek Park.
  • Experienced paddlers ready for a challenge will enjoy remote wilderness of Seventeen
    Runs. This portion of Hillsborough River Canoe Trail designated as a primitive trail. From the
    canoe launch, follow feeder creek and continue straight across open water to upriver portion of
    Hillsborough River. Be prepared for carryovers and duck-unders. Pay close attention to fl ow
    of river and look for trail markers — it is easy to become disoriented among the many channels.


  • From boats on river or from fishing dock at end of boardwalk trail.
  • Contact FWC for license requirements.


  • Quarter-mile boardwalk takes visitors through a wetland forest to a rest area on river. From this overlook one can see Flint Creek flowing in from the east, the Hillsborough River straight across on its way out of Seventeen Runs and the merging of the two flowing off to the west.

Old Fort King Trail

  • 6.7-mile trail from John B. Sargeant Park trailhead to Model Dairy trailhead at Hillsborough River State Park.

Picnic Facilities

  • Picnic tables and a covered pavilion provided.
  • Picnic shelters are first come, first served.

Access and Parking

  • On north side of US 301 about 5 miles east of I-75. From I-75, exit onto Fowler Avenue and head east for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto US 301 and head north about 3 miles. Park entrance on left.
  • Admission fee.
  • ADA access and facilities available.

Restrooms and Water

Restroom located in park, no water.


  • Dogs must be on a leash no more than six feet in length.
  • Owners are required by law to pick up after dogs.

For More Information

  • John B. Sargeant Park, (813) 987-6208
  • Hillsborough River Canoe Trail maps available from the Florida Department of Environmental
    Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails,
  • Hillsborough County Conservation and Environmental Lands Management Department,

Visit this Property

(This tract is part of the Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve.)

Street Address

12702 US 301
Thonotosassa, FL 33592
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23 acres

Hours of Operation

Daily from sunrise to sunset. Call for current hours.

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