Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg

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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre (99 ha) protected area in St. Petersburg, Florida, Pinellas County, Florida. Boyd Hill Park was originally a zoo and botanical garden for the city of St. Petersburg. It has since come to include natural habitats and tropical landscapes along the shores of Lake Maggiore. The preserve is located on the shores of Lake Maggiore (Florida) in south St. Petersburg. It is operated by St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation and includes the Boyd Hill Environmental Center, a bird-of-prey aviary, and more than three miles of trails through a variety of ecosystems. Facilities include a playground and picnic areas. The preserve is used for school field trips and hosts environmental education programs. It is located at 1101 Country Club Way South.

There are many metal statues built by the late Paul Eppling. A long time resident of St. Petersburg, Paul used recycled metal and scrap metal for his sculptures.

The park is open 9-5, with longer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. It has strategically placed cold water stations around the park . There is a paved bike path that makes a loop through the park and just inside the park entrance, there is a wild bird aviary. There is also picnic area available for use, outside the park gates.
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  • Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is 245 acres in the middle of the city. I had a condo for 10 yrs. before I went. It has miles of trails, most important is the environmental center, which takes care of some....  more »
  • What a hidden gem that offers miles of trails surrounded by a beautiful landscape. Watch closely as you will find all sorts of birds and reptiles on your walk. And you can't beat the price. This is a....  more »
  • Great place to see Florida nature. Boyd Hill has been an inexpensive, educational and beautiful place to see, and learn, about Florida's nature. Today, we were able to see how much the baby alligators have grown since April. The staff is always friendly and work hard to make sure the park and trails are well maintained and cold water is provided all through the trails. I recommend Boyd Hill for all ages.🌴🐊🐢🌴
  • It's amazing place to see!! They have tours and tell about the preserve. I don't know if there is a charge for the tour. They use to collect cans to get in. I don't know if they still do. You might want to call and find out. It's well worth it. I hope you go and have fun!!

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