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Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Leashed dogs are welcome at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park, a pet-friendly natural space in New Port Richey, FL. The over 8,000 acre park offers miles of nature trails, both paved and unpaved, that you can enjoy with Fido. There is also a bike trails that leads all of the way to Suncoast Parkway. Dogs are allowed only in day-use area only, and must be on leash no more than six feet in length. Please remember to clean up after your pup. Visit Website

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BringFido Guest Rating

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park has received a rating of 4.4 out of 5 bones by 8 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Angela
    Jan 31, 2024
    Quiet nature

    Nice walking paths, lots of nature to see depending on type of day, quiet & peaceful

  • Christina
    Jan 16, 2024
    Tons of trails!

    My first time to this park and it was bigger than I thought it would be! Tons of paved and unpaved trails. I saw one trash bin on my walk for waste. Unfortunately I did see evidence of irresponsible dog owners. There's a 5' leash rule and everyone I saw with a dog seemed to be following that rule. It was a great walk during cool temps in January. I want to go back to see more!

  • Janice
    Jan 26, 2023

    we went on a cold Florida day (54 deg)
    free parking. got a black and white map from a ranger. well marked trails. did the 3 mile loop. nice sand path. well marked. out of the wind. pretty scenery. no crowd. poop bags and barrels. water was avail at the beginning. we all loved it.

  • Christopher
    Aug 27, 2022
    Great park, but too many ticks

    I love this park, great long trails with beautiful scenery. However, without fail, if I bring my dog here, he manages to pick up a few ticks. I took him a few times but had to stop because of it.

  • Emily
    Feb 17, 2018
    Worth the drive from St Pete

    Such a nice shaded forest to hike around in with the pup in tow! He (and we) were very happy to have such a long and leisurely walk that wasn’t very busy at all and had a respite from the sun.

  • Brenia
    More than a year ago
    Starkey Park

    Plenty of great paths, both paved and unpaved, with some shaded areas to rest and get water. Wish there was a better map of the trails though. Day parking is $2.

  • El Golfo
    More than a year ago
    Lots of room to walk

    Lots of long paths, roads and trails to walk. I try to avoid the paved trails since they have a lot of bicyclists. Walking the dirt roads is the best.

  • Melanie
    More than a year ago
    Starkey Park

    Starkey is a beautiful park. There are miles of paved and unpaved trails to walk. They don't currently have designated dog areas and dogs must be on a leash. It's great if you want to take a long walk with your dog.

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