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Edward Medard Park and Reservoir

Categories: Park

Features: Biking trails, Boat ramp, Camp sites, Canoe/kayak trails, Disc golf, Dog-friendly, Fishing allowed, Hiking trails, Horse riding trails, Picnic shelters, Public restrooms

Tucked away in eastern Hillsborough County between Brandon and Plant City, the park is a popular one for people who like to camp, fish, mountain bike, boat or hike. The park extends along 1,284 acres owned by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, where a reservoir offers flood protection along the Alafia River. In 1972, Hillsborough County developed this site as one of its largest and most popular regional parks.

The park’s main attraction is the 700-acre reservoir used for canoeing, boating and catch and release fishing.

Located on what was once a phosphate mine, the park has some gentle slopes that kids love to play on. A 3-mile trail is dry most of the year and offers equestrians and hikers a pleasant trip through pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks.

For overnight stays, the park has 40 camp sites for both RV and primitive camping. All camp sites are full service, each with a picnic table, electricity, a fire ring and water. Public restrooms with showers and an RV dump station are also available.

Edward Medard Park also offers picnic shelters, a boardwalk, a playground, a beach volleyball court and an observation platform overlooking the reservoir.

Unique to Edward Medard Park is a new disc golf course, so bring your discs and try to hit the targets on this new course.

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