Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve || Explore Florida

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Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve

This is a fun park, well off the beaten path so it’s not busy at all. The road coming in is a bit rough so really take it slow, only if you like your car.

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The Boardwalk

Cotee River preserve has a well-maintained boardwalk, well above the marshlands below. Keeping you close to nature, but not so close nature gets you. Speaking of nature, while we only saw squirrels, if you’re lucky you may discover all kinds of wildlife. Watch out for the nature that bites, you may come across snakes, bobcats, or black bears, be careful as you explore in the great state of Florida or your next exploration may be an emergency room.

Cotee River

We really wanted to see the river, guess it was down that tractor trail in the video we didn’t explore.  The Cotee River runs all the way to the Gulf of Mexico, and while you can’t Kyaka here, you show be able to see the Cotee River.  So if you venture this park, take the trail less traveled and check it out.

They Have Teeter Totters

It was a beautiful warm day during our exploration, yet still so few visitors. Those of you with kids can really take advantage of the nice playground at Cotee River Preserve. All the playgrounds facilities were in great working order, please keep them that way so everyone can enjoy them. 

Fun For All Ages

Description 

The Preserve is dominated by 69 acres of bottomland forest associated with the Pithlachascotee River and a small tributary – Ryals Branch – that crosses the site. The other natural communities are sandhill, upland mixed forest, and freshwater marshes. Protected wildlife species documented or likely to occur include the gopher tortoise, Florida mouse, gopher frog, little blue heron and snowy egret. The Preserve has 5 Geocaches as well as 2 miles of trails including a 1,500-foot boardwalk.

This is a preserve, which differs from an active park by having low-impact amenities and natural resource-based recreational facilities. The parking lot is packed shell and includes one ADA parking space. Our nature trails are packed earth except for the wooden boardwalk. There are no asphalt or concrete surfaces. The building is open by appointment only, and when in use is wheelchair-accessible. 

Trail Map

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Location

Bordered on its south side by State Road 52 approximately one mile east of the Suncoast Parkway and two miles west of U.S Highway 41. The address is:
17135 Minneola Drive
Spring Hill, FL 34610

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