Brooker Creek Preserve

Bordered by Pasco County to the north and Hillsborough County to the east, the Preserve is roughly seven miles long and one and one-half miles wide and lies within the rapidly developing East Lake region of Pinellas County. Brooker Creek Preserve is a wilderness island surrounded on all sides by urban development.

Brooker Creek Preserve is not a park, but a wilderness area. Responsibility for its management rests with Pinellas County's Department of Environmental Management which is under the direct supervision of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.

The Preserve's namesake, Brooker Creek, is the only stream that enters Lake Tarpon and is a major influence on its water quality. The numerous channels of Brooker Creek enter the Preserve from wetlands in Hillsborough County and flow through a maze of swamps and uplands within the Preserve before combining into a single stream east of Lake Tarpon.



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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

In June 2004, the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center opened to give the public a glimpse into Pinellas County's largest remaining wild place. Center education programming seeks to connect residents and visitors to their surroundings through indoor and outdoor programs and facilities. A gift shop, Discovering Nature Store, has something for everyone. Come discover “Our Wildest Place.”

Center Hours:

9:00 am – 4:30 pm, Thursday – Sunday

9:00 am – 8:30 pm, Wednesday

Closed on holidays

Hiking Trails

The hiking trails at Brooker Creek Preserve are ideal for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a quiet place to relax and experience nature. Whether bird watching, practicing photography skills, or just looking for inspiration, visitors encounter many new experiences as the trails meander through pine flatwoods, mesic hammocks and cypress swamps. All trails at BCP are natural, unimproved trails. When conditions are wet, visitors can expect to get their feet wet. Boardwalks and wooden bridges allow visitors access over permanent creek crossings. At times, the trails are closed due to high water conditions or fire events. Be sure to check the trail conditions (see below) before hiking. BCP trails include:

Brooker Creek Wildlands Hiking Trail

This 4-mile, 4-loop trail system is accessible from the Center parking lot and winds over creek crossings, through majestic pines, past stately cypress, and under protective oaks. Boardwalks and bridges allow access over Brooker Creek. Restroom facilities are available in the Center's Classroom building. Please consult the trail map for approximate distances and hiking times. Trail conditions are updated as weather conditions change.

Trail Hours:

Daily

7:00 am – 1 hour before sunset

Trail Map

Trail Conditions

 

Friends Trail

Visitors can get back to nature on this 1.75-mile, self-interpretive trail. There are 15 stops along the way as this loop trail winds through pine flatwoods toward the banks of Brooker Creek. Parking is available at the end of Lora Lane. No restroom facilities are provided.

Trail Hours:

Daily

7:00 am – 1 hour before sunset

Trail Map

Trail Conditions


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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

3940 Keystone Road

Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

(727) 453-6800

(727) 453-6801 (fax)

brookercreek@pinellascounty.org


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