Hiking Spree 2017

Get up, get out, and discover Hillsborough County's wild side during the Hiking Spree! Take a solo trip into the tranquility of nature, or hike with friends and make it a healthy and fun group activity. Each trail is a unique way to explore outdoor Florida and earn your very own prize.

Hiking Spree is supported by Friends of the County Parks.

Want to participate?

First you'll need to let us know you're participating by signing up through our parks and recreation online registration system. Here's how you do it:

  1. Go here and click on "Hiking Spree" under Special Events (Click "OK" if you see a session has ended message)
  2. Add the Hiking Spree to your online cart by clicking the shopping cart next to the green “Available” box
  3. Select “Enroll Now” (on the bottom left or right of your page)
  4. Either login or create a new account
  5. To create a new account from this page, click on the third link down: “If you're a brand new patron with us, please click here to register for a new account.”
  6. Select the member(s) of your household in which you would like to enroll
  7. Click "Add to Cart"
  8. Chose "Continue This Enrollment"
  9. Agree to the Activity Waiver
  10. Proceed to Checkout to process your FREE registration
  11. Your Household Number can be found in the red ribbon at the top of the page: “Welcome ___ Household #00000”

How it works

  1. Download the Hiking Spree participation form to keep track of your progress - (1 form per person)
  2. Let us know you're participating by registering here. You'll need to create an online account and select "Hiking Spree" under Special Events
    • Write down your Household ID number - you'll need it to put it on your participation form
  3. Complete at least 8 designated trails between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017
    • You may chose to hike on your own, with friends, or a group
  4. Update your Hiking Spree participation form as you hike
  5. When you're done, bring your completed form to one of these designated parks to receive your annual medallion

Hiking Spree trails

Hike at least 8 of our 20 designated trails. Hiking can take place on your own or during a guided event. Trails are ranked by class and severity.

Trail Classes: A-All Purpose, B-Basic, C-Primitive; Ratings: 1-Easy, 2-Moderate, 3-Strenuous. 

Click on the trails below to learn more

6105 E. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: All People's Fitness
Miles: .40
Class: A
Rating: 1
10243 Elbow Bend Road Riverview, FL 
Side of the County: East
Trail: River Bend
Miles: 1.7
Class: C
Rating: 2
2469 Patrinostro Rd. Plant City, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Central Loop
Miles: 4.3
Class: C
Rating: 3
12181 E. Bay Rd. Gibsonton, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Scrub Jay
Miles: 3.5
Class: C
Rating: 3
6920 E. Fletcher Ave. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Hammock Run or Boardwalk
Miles: 2.1
Class: A
Rating: 2
3932 Lithia Springs Rd. Lithia, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Miles: 3.0
Class: C
Rating: 3
13330 Morris Bridge Rd. Thonotosassa, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Bald Cypress or Boardwalk
Miles: 1.5
Class: A/B
Rating: 2
901 6th SE Ruskin, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Quiet Pines
Miles: 1.2
Class: A
Rating: 1
717 N. Dover Rd. Dover, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Highline
Miles: 1.5/3.25
Class: B
Rating: 2
13305 Balm Boyette Rd. Riverview, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail:Boggy Creek
Miles: 3.5
Class: C
Rating: 3
707 S. Miller Rd. Valrico, FL
Side of the County: East
Trail: Rolling Acres Fitness
Miles: .40
Class: A
Rating: 2
Side of the County: Any
Trail: Anywhere
Miles: Your choice
Class: Your choice
Rating: N/A
4910 Gunn Hwy. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Killdeer
Miles: .30
Class: A
Rating: 1
18000 Lizards Trail Rd. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Deer Run
Miles: 1.7
Class: C
Rating: 2
9010 N. Mobley Rd. Odessa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Magnolia
Miles: 2.4
Class: B
Rating: 3
7020 Lutz Lake Fern Rd. Odessa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Upper Tampa Bay (South to 1.9 mile marker and return)
Miles: 2.0
Class: A
Rating: 2
15550 Spring Pine Dr. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Owls Fitness
Miles: .45
Class: A
Rating: 1
8001 Double Branch Rd. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Bobcat and Eagle
Miles: 1.0
Class: B
Rating: 1
1802 Sinclair Hills Lutz, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Hardwood
Miles: 1.1
Class: B
Rating: 2
10314 Wilsky Blvd. Tampa, FL
Side of the County: West
Trail: Upper Tampa Bay (Wilsky Blvd. to Rocky Creek Preserve
Miles: 1.8/3.6
Class: A
Rating: 2

 

All People's Life Center Alafia Scrub Blackwater Creek Golden Aster Lettuce Lake Lithia Springs Morris Bridge Ruskin/Beaudette Sydney Dover Triple Creek Valrico Beacon Meadows Cypress Creek Lake Rogers Lutz Lake Fern Trailhead Northdale Upper Tampa Bay Park Violet Cury Wilsky Trailhead

Safety

  • Please dress appropriately and bring plenty of water.
  • Trail Classes: A-All Purpose, B-Basic, C-Primitive
  • Ratings: 1-Easy, 2-Moderate, 3-Strenuous

Rewards

Hikers who complete 8 trails will receive a brass hiking shield or hiker patch. In order to receive your completion medallion or patch, bring this completed form to one of the following Hillsborough County Parks’ facilities:

  • All People's Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave. Tampa, FL 33617
  • Branchton Regional Offices, 15502 Morris Bridge. Rd. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  • Bell Creek Preserves, 10940 McMullen Rd. Riverview, FL 33569
  • Upper Tampa Bay Regional Park, 8001 Double Branch Rd. Tampa, FL 33635

Or send it by mail to:

HCPRD Hiking Spree
All People's Life Center
6105 E. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617