Lets just get one thing straight this isnt a park. Its a preserve, so you cant really explore all 8,500-acres of unspoiled wilderness, not only due to a need to protect the areas natural diversity, ecosystems and endangered species, but also because you run the risk of becoming a meal for its bobcat and coyote inhabitants. However, there is plenty to look at while hiking along the principal, 1.7-mile trail, and youll pretty much forget that youre surrounded by a sprawling metropolis, as the quiet is only penetrated by bird calls and excessively vocal insects. Guided nature hikes happen Sunday mornings (8-10 a.m.) and every other Wednesday evening (6:30-8 p.m.), and a new network of hiking trails opens this winter. For more information about the preserve, to participate in programs or guided hikes, or for directions, call the Environmental Education Center at 727-453-6800. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs.