Park Closures

Occasionally our parks, or certain sections of our parks, must close due to environmental concerns or construction, or are closed for a national holiday.

Holiday closures

All of our conservation and wilderness parks are open on most holidays, but are closed or close early on the following days:

  • Thanksgiving Day - all closed
  • Christmas Eve
    • Veteran's Memorial Park and Dead River Wilderness Park closed
    • All others close at 2 PM
  • Christmas Day - all closed

Check this page for updates on other closures.

  • The paved trail at Alderman's Ford Conservation Park will be closed during the weekdays from April 16, 2018 thru September 2018 for construction to the boardwalk. The trail will be open for use on the weekends. For more details, please call the park at (813) 757-3801.
  • Due to localized flooding within the park, the Alderman's Ford Conservation Park paved trail and canoe launch are closed. The park's main picnic area, located on the east side of CR 39, is still open to the public. For more information and updates, please call (813) 757-3801 

Beginning May 21, 2018, the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve will be undergoing renovations to improve and expand the parking area. The site will remain open to the public during construction, but parking will be limited to 30 regular, and 4 handicapped spaces. Please be sure to follow all signage and signals at the site, and do not park in areas that are marked “No Parking”. 

While this will be an inconvenience until completion in late September, the renovations will increase safety.

Please consider visiting E.G. Simmons Conservation Park during the renovation. 

The Baker Creek Boat Ramp will be closed for improvement beginning May 21st and is estimated to re-open in mid-summer 2018. For more information call (813) 672-7876.

The garden and the south end of the boardwalk at Eureka Springs Conservation Park will be closed Tuesday, April 24 from Noon to 2 PM. A crew will be removing a large dead pine tree located near the park's covered bridge. For more information, please call the park office at (813) 744-5536.


Old Fort King Trail
All three trail bridges are closed indefinitely for repairs. Access to the trail is still available north of the bridges. For more information, please call our administrative office at (813) 672-7876.

The swimming area at Lithia Springs Conservation Park is temporarily closed due to high water levels caused by the recent rains. We will re-open the swimming area as soon as the water returns to safe and normal conditions. For more information and updates, please call the park at (813) 744-5572 or send an email to