Suncoast Chapter - Florida Trail Association

Little Manatee River Hiking Trail

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To reach Little Manatee River State Park, take I-75 to the Ruskin/Sun City Center exit and go east through Sun City Center to highway US-301. Turn south on US-301. When you reach the bridge across the river, you have another mile or so until you find Lightfoot Road on the right. Turn right onto Lightfoot and then right again into the park. As you cross the river, you will see the entrance to Masonic Youth Camp on the south side of the river and the east side of the highway.

Check in and pay the State Park entry fee. Ask for directions to the hiking loop and they will give you a map and the combination to the gate. The 6 mile hiking loop at Little Manatee River SP is on the north side of the river and on the west side of Highway US-301. There is one primitive campsite. Approximately one-third of the trail follows the banks of the river. During the summer months, you may be able to see the white-flowered native azaleas in bloom in the upland portions of the trail. There is a short cross-over trail that allows for a 3 mile hike instead of the 6 mile hike.

Map of Little Manatee River Recreation Area
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FTA and Suncoast Chapter activities are lead by "Certified Activity Leaders."
Risk Assumption: There are certain risks which are inherent in any hike or other Florida Trail Association activity. Each FTA member, guest, or non-member hiker agrees to accept personal responsibility for his or her safety and the safety of minors accompanying such persons. The Association cannot ensure the safety of any participant on hikes or activities. When participating in Association activities, each person agrees to hold harmless and free from all blame the activity leaders and the Florida Trail Association . . . its' officers and members . . . for any accident, injury, or illness which may be sustained from participating in Association activities.