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Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Hours of Operation

November 1 - February 29

9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
7:00 am - 6:00 pm
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

March 1 - October 31

9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day



$1.50/children ages 3-16

under age 3 is FREE

No pets please

All trails are ADA accessible

Ask about preserve checklists!
Checklists are a great way to explore and discover the preserve and are designed to enable visitors to observe, identify and record as many species as possible during their visit. The preserve provides the following checklist: wildlife, butterfly, bird, and amphibians and reptiles.

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Campus Amenities

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Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center
Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
Environmental Studies Area
Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

The City of St. Petersburg's Emergency Management is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation and working closely with public health officials and the Florida Department of Health.
At this time, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's trails are open; however, the nature center and all programs have been suspended until further notice.
For updates from the City of St. Petersburg, visit

A unique nature experience located in St. Petersburg. The preserve offers an abundance of activities for everyone. It’s home to the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center that offers nature camps, rental space and programs. There are several fascinating habitats to experience and learn about while walking the trails.

If you would like to get involved consider joining Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the preserve's programs through volunteer service and educational opportunities.

Tram Tour Details

Tram Tours depart daily at 1:00 pm. Saturday Tram Tours depart at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm.
Please note the preserve is closed on Mondays.
Fee: $5 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 3 through 16. Under 3 years FREE. Payment reserves your spot on the daily tram tours. Spots must be reserved in-person. Payment cannot be taken over the phone.
Groups of 4 or more may request a special tram tour subject to staff and volunteer availability.
Advance notice of 1-2 days is preferred.

Birds of Prey program

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve provides a safe, healthy environment for permanently injured, non-releasable birds of prey (BOP). These birds are cared for at the preserve as Wild Avian Ambassadors for environmental education programs given by park rangers and Avian Education Stewards (BOP volunteers). As an Avian Education Steward, you can help us care for the birds at Boyd Hill, as well as educate the public about their place in nature and what they need to survive in the wild! Looking to become an Avian Education Steward? Click here to start the volunteer process!

Rental Information

  • Shelter 1
  • Shelter 2
  • Shelter 3
  • Shelter 4
  • Kayaks & Canoes

COMING SOON! New Preserve Amenities

  • CAMPGROUND offering a unique urban camping experience for guests to immerse themselves in nature.
  • HAMMOCK HALL is a new educational building and welcome center, providing nature programming, rental space, and more.
  • TRAIL EXPANSION takes place between the north and south areas of the preserve, along Lake Maggiore, offering more trail acces for guests to explore.

The Preserve's Ecosystem

Lake Maggiore - Spanning approximately 380 acres, Lake Maggiore is an important body of brackish water in southern Pinellas County. The lake serves as an important food resource for local wildlife and migrating birds and provides a beautiful view of downtown St. Petersburg.

Marsh - The Marsh is an area of low-lying land which is flooded in wet seasons or at high tide, and typically remains waterlogged all year. The marsh is composed of dense stands of cattails, bulrushes, and other emergent plants. It hosts an abundance of wildlife year-round.

Swamp - Wet throughout the year, the soil in this habitat acts as a natural filter, cleaning water as it moves through the swamp and out into Lake Maggiore. The swamp also helps with flood control, absorbing the water runoff during heavy seasonal rainfalls. Tall bald cypress and red maple tress create a canopy over the area while giant leather leaf ferns and lizard’s tail emerge from the dark soil.

Pine Flatwoods - In the Pine Flatwoods, you will find tall slash and long leaf pine trees towering over an understory of bracken fern, goldenrod, and saw palmetto. This ecosystem is fire dependent. The plants and animals have unique adaptations perfectly suited to survive fire such as, wax covered leaves, long root systems, and flaky bark which prevents trees from being destroyed by fire.

Sand Scrub - The Sand Scrub is one of the most biodiverse and one of the most endangered habitats found in Florida, with only about 2% of the original sand scrub habitats remaining. This habitat is home to several rare and sensitive plants and animals.

Hammock - The Hammock is a forested habitat that is at a slightly higher elevation than nearby low-lying areas such as the swamp. The area has a dense canopy consisting of Live Oak, Sabal Palm, and other trees. The understory consists of wax myrtle, button bush, lizard tail, pine lily, morning glory, and muhly grass.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the park admission fees/annual passes cost?
Admission is $3/adults, $1.50/children ages 3-16, and free for chldren under the age of 3.

How do you access the trails?
Trails can be accessed through the Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center.

How do you register for camps and programs?
You can register for nature camps and nature programs at Parks & Rec Connect.

Are pets allowed?
No pets allowed.

Are the trails ADA accessible?
Most trails are ADA accessible.

How do you obtain an ADVANTAGE membership?
Visit the ADVANTAGE membership page to learn more.

How do I become a volunteer?
Visit our volunteer page to learn more.

Can I ride my bike on the trials?
Non-motorized bikes are permitted.

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