In the Swamp
Brooker Creek Preserve is the largest natural area in Pinellas County with approx. 8700 acres! Located in Tarpon Springs. Open Daily from 7:00 a.m. to approx. 1 hour before sunset. FREE Admission.
- Environmental Education Center
- Boardwalks and Hiking Trails; about five miles of trails
- Brooker Creek
- Native Fauna and Flora
- Various Ecosystems
The preserve is a wilderness area and not designated as a park. Established in 1992 for the conservation, protection and restoration of native natural resources. It protects a portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. Brooker Creek is the only stream that enter Lake Tarpon and a major influence on its water quality.
Ecosystems and Habitats
- Cypress Domes
- Forested Wetlands
- Oak Hammocks
- Pine Flatwoods
I enjoyed exploring the Cypress Domes ecosystem. Bald cypress, black gum and buttonbush. Hold water for long periods of time.
The creek system consists of 13 channels, which hold flowing water during the rainy season (May to October). The channels merge into one that outflows into Lake Tarpon.
The Pine Flatwoods ecosystem consists of tall longleaf, slash pines and saw palmetto. The longleaf pines were exploited as a natural sources of turpentine. The longleaf pines can be restored through frequent fire. Prescribed burning every 3 to 5 years encourages restoration and growth.
Female In Front and Male Behind
One Cool Bat House
Turtles and Tortoises
(Photos By RSheridan)