Those looking for luxury homes in Tampa will find a pleasant surprise by going outside of the city and heading to incredible homes for sale in New Tampa, Fl. An unincorporated CDP (census designated place), it is indeed a valley of gold, as the name implies. Shady tree-lined streets and beautiful single-family homes are part of the appeal. One additional feature is its proximity to the John B. Sargeant Park in Thonotosassa, about 15 miles away.
More and more, families are looking for recreation closer to home. Things like picnic areas, restrooms and water create a family-friendly environment. Add a river, trees and atmosphere to encourage a visit. Sargeant Park does all that and more, as Flint Creek joins Hillsborough River in this location. The park name memorializes a former member of the Hillsborough River Basin Board, John B. Sargeant, Sr. Some of the more popular activities include hiking, fishing, bird watching and of course, picnicking. Bring the dog and a leash; your furry four-legged family friend is welcome.
Canoeing and boating are also activities, providing recreation on the water as those aboard see a pleasant view of the trees and shore area from their position on the river. Two journeys are the two hours to Morris Bridge Park or the four-hour expedition to Trout Creek Park, although that is just the beginning of river adventures in the area.
Those desiring a canoe or kayak experience on the river will find outfitters, such as Canoe Escape, prepared to supply the needs for the journey and give pointers on handling the craft. It is always better to plan that type of activity ahead of time so no one is disappointed because there are too many other visitors ahead of your group.
Hiking is another activity to enjoy and can be done at your own pace. The boardwalk provides a journey through a wetland forest, leading to the river and a convenient rest area. Looking one direction shows Flint Creek; looking another provides an unforgettable view of the Hillsborough River as it flows out of Seventeen Runs to join and continue its journey west. For the avid hiker, the 6.7 mile Old Fort King Trail from the John B. Sargeant trailhead to the Model Dairy trailhead is unforgettable. The scenery, wildlife and native plants add a surrealistic experience to the journey.