James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida

New Port Richey’s 80 acre preserve is home to over 140 different species of birds. The James E. Grey Preserve is a fantastic place for both birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Deer, manatee, wild boar, and turtles are commonly sighted here. On our recent trip, we saw several turtles walking along the paths. These massive gopher tortoises, pictured below, are found throughout Florida parks during the summer months. We have encountered these turtles on every hike/nature trail in the area thus far.

Turtle at James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida

This mini oasis is a nice place to take a break from shopping and crowded beaches. Mike and I enjoyed walking the trails through the uninterrupted Florida wilderness. Walking around viewing the exotic plants and breathing in the fresh air was a nice change of pace from the usual weekend beach commotion.

Hiking at James E. Grey

There are 2 miles of hiking trails within the preserve. Nothing too strenuous, however, a great place for a relaxing nature walk. James E. Grey is the perfect place to disconnect from technology for an hour or 2. Take a look at some of the beautiful views captured along our walk.

Beautiful views at James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida
Tree lined views on the James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida
Beautiful tree lined paths at the James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida
Gorgeous trees at James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida

Gorgeous views of the river

Pretty river views at James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey, Florida
Trees reflecting on the river - James E. Grey Preserve - New Port Richey, Florida
An island of palm trees reflecting on the river - James E. Grey Preserve - ew Port Richey, Florida

Location/Admission

The James E. Grey Preserve is located on Plathe Road in New Port Richey, Florida. There is no entrance fee. Plenty of parking spaces are available. Other amenities include: picnicking facilities and a canoe launch.

Have you ever visited James E. Grey Preserve? What are some of your favorite hiking trails in the Pasco County area?