Prepare for Your Visit

Preparation Guidelines

Here are some suggested guidelines to prepare for your visit. Extreme temperatures, biting insects and summer thunderstorms are a few examples of harsh conditions you might encounter on Pasco County Environmental Lands Preserves. Please plan ahead and prepare for your visit.

  • Bring plenty of water - Potable drinking water is not available on all county preserves.
  • Wear a hat and/or sunscreen - The Florida sun can be harsh, so please wear appropriate clothing including long pants and closed-toe shoes.
  • Biting insects are present on all natural areas - To avoid being bitten, wear insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Natural trails can be wet and muddy - Please plan accordingly.
  • Always carry a trail map - Trail maps are available at each county Preserve and on the website. Try to hike with others. If hiking alone, let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return.

Natural Areas Etiquette

Here are some suggested guidelines to follow when exploring nature:

  • Travel on established trails - Going off trail can be damaging to the delicate natural environment and can cause hikers to become lost.
  • Dispose of trash properly - Pack it in, and pack it out. Do not feed the wildlife. They may become dependent on handouts and lose their fear of humans.
  • Respect wildlife - Give animals plenty of room and try not to startle them. You are visiting their home, so please respect them.
  • Leave what you find - Feel free to take as many photos but please leave all rocks, flowers, plants, feathers, and historical artifacts for others to enjoy.
  • Be considerate of other visitors - Walk quietly to enjoy the sounds of nature. Loud noises scare off wildlife and disturb other visitors.