Cypress Creek Preserve covers 7,400 acres in central Pasco County, Florida. The
land is protected by the Southwest Florida Water Management District
(SWFWMD) for flood
control watershed and as a public water supply well field. The preserve is open
to the public from sunrise until sunset, and has a variety of recreational
features. There are four public access point to the preserve;
main entrance is along Parkway Boulevard. It provides access to the southern
range of the preserve, including the tent and equestrian campground areas. The
parking area is located just outside of the gate.
- The Pump Station Road entrance is at the west side of the
preserve at the beginning of the paved multi-use trail. It is permissable to
park in the grassy area to the side of the road near the gate.
- An east gate is located at the end of Quail Hollow
Limited parking is available along the side of the road at this entrance.
- There is also a gate at intersection of Eagle Blvd. and
Swallow Drive. Limited parking is available at this gate,
vehicular access is allowed inside the park unless you have made advance camping
reservations through SWFWMD. All entrances provide a walk-through for
pedestrians and bicyclists. There is a wide paved multi-use trail that runs the
width of the preserve from the Pump Station Road entrance to the east gate at
Queen Saga Place. You will encounter occasional county and utility vehicles on
this trail, since it is also used as an access road for wellfield facilities.
Cypress Creek Preserve offers a good variety of Florida natural communities ...
from large flatwood prairies to low-lying swamps and hammocks. There are 19
miles of trails available for hikers, off-road bikers, and horseback riders - in
addition to the 5 miles of paved multi-use trail. The paved trail is smooth
enough to be suitable for roller blading. Cypress Creek meanders its way through
the middle of the preserve from north to south ... and this precludes the trail
network in different sections of the park from being interconnected.
Primitive tent camping is available, as is equestrian camping. There are
restrooms, fire rings, and a picnic shelter available at each campground, but no
electricity or shower facilities. Campsites must be reserved in advance in order
to obtain a gate code for vehicular access to the campgrounds. All campsites are
located in the southern part of the preserve with access from the Parkway Blvd.