Hike Little Manatee River Loop

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Distance

6.5 miles

Route Type

Loop

Added by Danielle Steele

This 6.5 mile trail flows through endless hammocks, running along the Little Manatee River at about the half-way mark. You can lessen your hike with a cross-through trail but the full hike is worth the effort!

This 6.5 mile trailhead is actually located outside the main entrance, just north of the river off of US 301 S.  The park charges a $4 entrance fee and it is recommended that you enter the main park to use restrooms and/or refill water bottles as those facilities are nonexistent at the outside-the-park trailhead. 

As you start the trail, if looking to complete the whole 6.5 miles, one is best to just keep right the whole way.  The whole trail is very well marked and maintained.  This hike takes you through numerous natural landscapes such as riverine hammocks, pine forests, and open prairies.  The trail is mostly shaded and absolutely beautiful!

If interested in primitive camping, there is a campsite about 2.5 miles in and requires a reservation.  It can most definitely accommodate a larger group and comes equipped with a picnic table, dedicated fireplace and two benches. 

Like most of Florida, the terrain is flat but there are bluffs that line the river and allow for several look out points along the river.  It felt like hills in Florida!

Overall, a wonderful hike and definitely worth the trip! 

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Great place for the kids and dogs. Very adventure-rest and long. We saw a wild boar and three armadillos. And a ton of birds.

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