Located at 18102 Ramblewood Road Lutz, FL 33558, this 1111 acre preserve offers bird watching, hiking, nature study, and trails. Natural plant communities include cypress swamps, pine flatwoods, oak hammock and oak scrub.
The¬† Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve was acquired from 1993 to 1999 by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, and Hillsborough County through the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program.
The 1111-acre sanctuary forms the headwaters of the Brooker Creek Watershed, which flows westward to Lake Tarpon and into Upper Tampa Bay.¬† The preserve is located in an area dominated by well fields and acts as an important aquifer recharge area.
The site is managed for threatened plants and animals such as the Hooded Pitcher Plant, Southern Pine Lily, and Gopher Tortoise.¬†¬† Natural plant communities include cypress swamps, pine flatwoods,¬†oak hammock and oak scrub.¬† These¬†habitats¬†are home to deer, turkey, bobcat, fox, and coyote.
A small parking area, kiosk, and picnic table are located on the west side of Ramblewood Road.¬†¬† Visitors are welcome to hike on existing roads and fire breaks.¬† Portions of these roads will be wet during the rainy season.
(Source: Hillsborough County Parks Website)
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