The Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve

Location

Just east of Tampa in Riverview on the south bank of the Alafia River. The preserve entrance gate is located on the north side of Boyette Road (Exit 250 off of I-75 - Head east on Gibsonton Dr. / becomes Boyette RD - the site has no street address), just east of the Sedgebrook Drive intersection, and 1/2 mile west of Bell Shoals Road, in Riverview. Visitors should look for an entrance right next to, and east of, the Ace Golf Driving Range- 12910 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL 33569. A 50-foot wide access easement runs a couple hundred yards north to the preserve boundary.

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Hiking Trail

The TBC has developed and maintains a hiking trail that is open to the public.

Click to print a map of the trail.

Site Selection

This 60-acre site was chosen because of it is one of the few remaining natural tracts of land on the lower Alafia River. As part of the Alafia corridor, it will remain a refuge for small animals and birds and numerous native plants and trees.

Tampa Bay Conservancy's Role

The TBC is protecting and managing the preserve for native plants and animals.

Bell Creek runs a meandering course through the Myron and Helen Gibbons Nature Preserve. It passes pinewoods, oak and palmetto hammock, as well as the bald cypress and hardwood wetlands and even a small area of sandhill oak scrub. Members of the Suncoast Native Plant Society identified over 120 plant species on the Gibbon's preserve in 2005. This natural area is a refuge for wildlife and contributes to the protection of water quality in the Alafia River as it includes about 1/2 mile of Alafia River shoreline that like the rest of the preserve will now be protected from development forever.