The Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park is located at 10500 Wilderness Park Blvd. in New Port Richey Florida. This is a regional park managed by Pasco County that features a 6.5 mile paved trail that connects to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail. Also here are picnic shelters, hiking, biking, equestrian trails, a primitive campground, and camping cabins.
The park is named after Jay B. Starkey, Sr., who purchased the land in 1937 and then developed a cattle ranch and timber operation. In 1975, Mr. Starkey donated several hundred acres to the District, initiating the concept of permanently protecting the land and its resources for future generations.
My first visit here was on 10-20-11. I was very surprised by how large and well maintained this park is. And the ammenities were nothing short of fantastic which include playgrounds, picnic pavillions, clean and spacious restrooms, and an Environment Educational Center. This park is well worth the $2.00 entrance fee.
And the bike trail is a really good one. 6.5 miles and all flat. Many nice large shelters are well spaced along here. And many furnished with ice cold water. Here the scenery consists mostly of scrub and pine trees. Almost identical to Flatwoods Trail in Tampa. But for some reason a little better. There are no restrooms along the trail. Also no bridges are here. Signage is fantastic with the miles painted on the pavement. Even to the half mile. This is very nice. This trail gets a high rating from me. Pasco County has really helped create a great place. I definitely recommend this trail to everyone and will be back many times over. Open 6am until sunset. Thanks for seeing.
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