Upper Tampa Bay Park is a gem of a park located just east of Oldsmar Florida, off Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa. The park offers kayak rentals, picnic and grilling facilities, fishing piers, miles of hiking trails, playgrounds, restrooms, meeting facilities, summer camp and an educational center.
This 596 acre natural park is bordered by Old Tampa Bay to the south and west and Double Branch Creek to the east. You kayak the creek or the bay, enjoying Mother Nature at it’s best among the mangroves and natural habitat of salt water marshes.
There are wonderful picnic facilities for parties right next to the playground and there is even a volleyball court.
Wander the trails and keep an eye out for osprey, bald eagle, red shouldered hawk, spoonbills and other native birds, as well as bobcat, tortoises and a variety of snakes. Remember, we do have coral snakes, rattlesnakes and cottonmouth down here, so be careful where you walk!
If you are out in the water, you can enjoy the dolphin and manatee, also be sure to watch for otter! Naturally, fishing is great since there are snook, red fish and drum in these waters.
Convenient to residents of northern Pinellas County, including Oldsmar, Safety Harbor and Palm Harbor, this great park is also close to Tampa’s Westchase area!