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Limpkin Loop

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 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This park-recommended route is the best way to explore all the highlights of Lettuce Lake Park.


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Map Key

1.9

Miles

3.0

KM

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Runnable

33' 10 m

High

20' 6 m

Low

20' 6 m

Up

20' 6 m

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Avg Grade (0°)

2%

Max Grade (1°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife

Spring/Summer hours: 8am to 7pm. Fall/Winter hours: 8am to 6pm. Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle.

Overview

Take a tour of one of Hillsborough County's most visited parks on this great loop that winds through hardwood swamp forests, hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods.

Need to Know

Additional park amenities include wooded picnic areas, playgrounds, park ranger and volunteer-led nature education tours on weekends, and canoe and kayaks rentals. For more information, visit the park's website.

Description

You have a variety of parking areas and access points to choose from for this loop, but as mapped here, the route starts and ends at the park visitor center. At the first junction take a left onto the Boardwalk Trail. This wide, well-maintained boardwalk winds through the park's lovely hardwood swamp forests, along a spur of the Hillborough River.

At about 0.5 miles into the run, you'll come to the Observation Tower. You can climb the wooden steps to gain a bird's-eye view of the river and surround forests. Continuing on the boardwalk, you'll eventually connect to a series of natural surface paths. Take the southernmost Hiking Trail by staying to the right at the junctions.

You'll eventually cross over the main paved Lettuce Lake Parkway road. At a little over one mile into the hike, look for the Cypress Dome Boardwalk to your left. This short spur trail will take you out to see Cypress Dome--where the impressive cypress trees form a natural arch overhead.

Back on the Hammock Run trail, you'll wind back around to the northwest to loop back to your start point.

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Kristen Arendt

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Anhinga at Twilight
Mar 16, 2020 near Temple…, FL
Prairie Warbler
Mar 16, 2020 near Temple…, FL
Cypress Swamp at Lettuce Lake
Mar 16, 2020 near Temple…, FL
Lettuce Lake Temple Terrace Fl
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Great Blue Heron
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