Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Location

10500 Wilderness Park Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 834-3247 Kiosk/Reservations
(727) 834-3262 Maintenance

Hours of Operation

Open 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.

Park Information

This regional park covers over 8,300 acres of land and is a cooperative venture between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Pasco County Parks and Recreation. The park consists of a kiosk, open space, camping area, horse corral and equestrian trail, nature and multi-purpose trails, day use area, shelters and pavilions, playgrounds, horseshoe and volleyball courts. The birding trail was designated by the Audubon Society and 177 species of birds have been viewed. For more information, you can visit their website at www.westpascoaudubon.com.

The multi-purpose trail consists of 7.3 miles of paved surface for bike riding, roller blading, jogging or walking and it connects to the Suncoast Trail (PDF) (42 miles) which runs along the west side of the Suncoast Parkway and stretches across Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties with eight trailheads in Pasco County. There is a 10 mile equestrian trail and 13 miles of hiking trails. For information on other trails, visit www.floridagreenwaysandtrails.com.

Dogs are allowed in the day use area, the hiking and paved bike trail but must be on a 6' leash. No dogs are allowed in the camping area or equestrian trail.

Amenities

  • Camping / Nature Trails
  • Playgrounds
  • Bike Trail (Connects to Suncoast Trail)
  • Volleyball (Outdoor)
  • Horseshoe Pits / Equestrian trail
  • Picnic Area / Shelter
  • Open Space

Camping Information:

There are 16 tent camp sites with a centrally located restroom, showers and a small shelter (can only be reserved with an existing tent reservation). On the hiking trail, there are three remote (primitive) camping sites without any facilities. Tent camping is $15/night. Primitive camping is $10/night. Group site tent camping is $40/night.

Cabin Information:

There are 8 large cabins (8 people max) $50/night with a centrally located restroom, showers and a small shelter (can only be reserved with an existing cabin reservation). Reservations can be made online. We highly recommend reading the Camping Rules before arrival.

Pavilion and Shelter Information:

Pavilions are $45/day and shelters are $25/day. Reservations can be made online.

Activity Schedule

*Please email fbuckman@pascocountyfl.net for more information or to register for a program where is space is limited.
Date Activity
Saturday, April 6, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
West Pasco Audubon Society Nature and Wildlife Photography Competition
Saturday, April 6, 2019
8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Stargazing
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
A Walk And A Talk On The Nature Trail
Sunday, April 14, 2019
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Nature Lovers Hike
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nature Photography "Taking Photos Off Auto"
Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Wildlife Film In The Park