Bike Florida West Coast
16 Trails... maps, reports, photos. Scroll down or click on links below (view locator map):
Alderman's Ford Park Trail
Alderman's Ford Park Trail - The charming 2-mile trail at Alderman's Ford Regional Park in Lithia, FL (east of Brandon and south of Plant City) was a pleasant find while checking out kayak launches on the Alafia River. The trail loops around the park, along and over the Alafia River, through cypress and oak hammock. The 1,100 acre park has parking, restrooms, picnicking, camping, hiking trails, boardwalk, and a popular canoe/kayak launch. Visitor Center, $2.00 fee. Great place to take the kids! (Trip report: April 2013)
End Points: Alderman's Ford
Regional Park, Lithia, FL. CR 39 north of the intersection with CR 640.
Cape Coral - The city was designated as a Bicycle Friendly Community-bronze level by The League of American Bicyclists. 90 miles of 8 interconnected bike routes include distinctive signage, informational maps and kiosks highlighting landmarks, facilities and recreational activities.
More information: Cape Coral Bicycling
Dunnellon Trail - The trail is part of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway, running from Bridges Road in Dunnellon 2.5 miles along the scenic Rainbow River and across a bridge over the Withlacoochee River to SR41/CR39 in Citrus Springs. Eventually, it will link to the Withlacoochee State Trail (currently, via a street route) and other trails in the planned statewide network. (Trip report: August 2015)
End Points: Bridge St.
(Dunnellon), to US41/CR39 (Citrus Springs)
Fort DeSoto Park - Fort DeSoto Park is a Pinellas County park, covering over 1,100 acres on 5 keys south of St. Petersburg at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The paved 7-mile bike trail runs from the boat ramp (near the entrance), past campgrounds, and connects the east and north beaches. The park has over 7 miles of waterfront, award-winning beaches, campgrounds, snack bars, picnicking and more. A boat ramp, kayak and bike rentals are available, plus an historic fort. A ferry runs to Egmont Key, a Florida State Park. Day fee applies. (Trip report: Oct. 2016)
Historic Fort DeSoto dates from 1898, built to defend Tampa Bay during the Spanish-American War but never saw battle and was abandoned in 1923. The land was obtained by Pinellas County in 1948 and the park developed. Visitors at the fort can see the remaining battery and mortars.
End Points: Fort DeSoto Park - boat ramp to east beach to north beach
Also visit us here: Paddling at Fort DeSoto Park
Fort Fraser Trail - Named for Fort Fraser built in 1837 during the Second Seminole War, the trail follows an old CSX rail bed between Lakeland and Bartow in Polk County, Florida. Picnic and rest shelters are located along the way, two covered bridges and historic and informational markers (one near the location of the old fort) along the way are a nice touch. Parking in Lakeland is at Polk State College (PSC), restrooms are at the Highland City trailhead at the middle of the trail south of PSC. (Trip report: Dec. 2015)
End Points: Lakeland to Bartow, Florida.
The trail runs along US 98 between SR 540 and SR 60.
Gasparilla - Boca Grande Rail Trail - An early Florida rail-trail, it runs the length of Gasparilla Island. There are many access points to the beach. The town of Gasparilla features shops and restaurants. There is a fee to enter the island. (Trip report: Sept. 2011)
End Points: Gasparilla Island, north to south. Gasparilla
Island State Park provides parking, but parking is available all along the trail which is easily accessible
from anywhere on the island!
Good Neighbor Trail - The trail runs 10 miles east from Brooksville, 4 miles is currently completed. The existing trail runs alternately along the road, along power lines, and through natural areas. The trail will comprise part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail - to the east it will link with the Withlacoochee State Trail, to the west a connector will link to the Suncoast Trail. The Trailhead at Russell Street Park has restrooms, picnic tables, and historic exhibits - the 1885 Train Station and the One Room Schoolhouse. Other buildings will be relocated to the site, creating a historic village. (Trip report: Jan. 2015)
End Points: Russell Street Park to
Old Fort King Trail - Multi-use trail (biking, walking/hiking, horseback riding). First 2.4 miles from Sargeant Park is paved, the remainder is off-road through forest at Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve and Hillsborough River State Park. Trip report: Feb. 2013
End Points: John B. Sargeant
State Park to Hillsborough River State Park
Starkey Wilderness Trail - This trail runs through the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and will be part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail with an existing link to the Suncoast Trail and future to the Pinellas Trail. Wide, well maintained trail with benches and shelters, plus water stations, but little shade through pine woods, wetland, and palmetto scrub. The 8,300 acre park also has parking, restrooms, hiking and equestrian trails, picnic pavilions, playground, camping. Trip report: Feb. 2015
End Points: Starkey Wilderness
Park; links to Suncoast Trail
Suncoast Trail - This trail parallels the Suncoast Parkway and is part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail with links to the Starkey Trail and Good Neighbor Trails. Some stretches along the road are not particularly interesting rides, but others run through natural areas. (Trip report: Jan. 2012)
End Points: From Lutz Lake Fern Road in Hillsborough County,
through Pasco County, to Hernando County (US Hwy 98)
Withlacoochee Bay Trail - This trail parallels the historic old Cross Florida Barge Canal for 6.2 miles from the trail end east of the Felburn Park Trailhead to Withlacoochee Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. An observation deck at the west end of the trail overlooks Withlacoochee Bay. The trail is the westernmost portion of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. (First report: Dec. 2011; latest update: Oct. 2012)
End Points: From Crystal River, go north on US 19 to
Suncoast Parkway, turn right and continue north to Felburn Park (8 miles)
See also: Paddling in West Florida
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