Uzita Trail is a Walk, Wade, Swim trail extending from mouth of Little Manatee River to Manatee County Line along western shoreline edge of Uzita Conservation Area in Hillsborough County. Wilderness trail provides an experience walking in foot steps of those first Indians that survived off fish and shell fish of TampaBay for some 700 years. Shell mounds dot islands left by original Indian Tribes. Only adventurist individuals should Walk, Wade, Swim this 12 mile unmarked, wilderness shoreline trail. Trail consist of sandy beaches, waist deep muddy waters, and channels to swim. Kayak or canoe needed to reach Paradise Key’s start and finish point; and to carry food, water, camera, fishing rods.
1. Parking and Launch Start Point > Put in/Take out CockroachBay Boat Ramp with kayak or canoe. Located at the end of Cockroach Bay Road off US-41 in Ruskin, Florida. There are no facilities at this site.
2. Start Point (Paradise Key) for South Walk, Wade, Swim Uzita Trail to Manatee CountyLine. From Paradise Key, kayak or canoe can be pulled South along shallow water shoreline on the Uzita Trail to ManateeCounty Line.
3. Hillsborough/Manatee County line. Return by kayak or canoe over seagrass flats to original start point (Paradise Key).
4. Start Point (Paradise Key) for North Walk, Wade, Swim Uzita Trail to Sand Key.
From Paradise Key, kayak or canoe can be pulled North along shallow water shoreline on the Uzita Trail.
5. Follow North shoreline of Sand Key eastward to rear entrance of Little CockroachBay. Return to Paradise Key by kayak or canoe through Little CockroachBay.
South Uzita Trail series of Keys and inlets;
Piney Point Creek
North Uzita Trail series of Keys and inlets;
Big Pass Key
Rear Ent. Little Cockroach
Check tides for your Walk, Wade, Swim Adventure
http://tidesonline.noaa.gov/monitor.html > Put this link in Google to open then click on Port Manatee Tides