Upper Tampa Bay Park provides a look at pre-developed Florida and is a popular picnic, canoeing and fishing location. Park hours are 8 AM to 6 PM. An entrance donation of $1.00 is appreciated by the park. AS OF 2010 THE PARK APPRECIATES A MANDATORY $2.00 ENTRY FEE. (NOT KIDDING)
After finding the cache, be sure and visit the educational center. Much of the park is based around natural coastal wetlands - the salt marshes and mangrove swamps which form between the low and high tide zones. Over the past few years, Tampa Bay has lost a lot of its coastal marshes and mangroves due to development.
The cache is located at the original location selected by the original owner, Syds Humans, about 50 feet or so off of the Eagle Trail under a palmetto with a minimum of bushwacking required. Perfect for families to hunt. Limited Parking is available at the trailhead. Cache on!
Upper Tampa Bay Park is a 596 acre peninsula bordered on the east by Double Branch Creek and on the west and south by Old Tampa Bay. Man has been drawn to this area for thousands of years by its biological richness. Indians harvested shellfish in such quantities that the discarded remains can be seen today as shell mounds which lie throughout the park... The park property has changed little since those early inhabitants left. The sea level has been rising by about one foot every 100 years. Hunters and fishermen have been the most frequent visitors. Cattle grazed here and pine sap was collected for turpentine. Until recently, however the area has received very little attention. As its communities changed from Indian villages to major cities, Tampa Bay has always been an attractive place for people to live because it provided abundant food, recreational opportunities and waterfront living. As a result its shores are now almost completely surrounded by urban development. Recently it has become apparent that some aspects of this development have had a devastating effect on the health of the bay, threatening those very qualities which made it a desirable place to live. Dredging and filling of wetlands and water pollution from sewage and stormwater runoff are now known to be major causes of a serious decline in food production and water quality. The site of this park was once to have been a housing development, but recently gained knowledge of the importance of preserving coastal wetlands resulted in its development as a park.