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Alderman's Ford Park Trail - This moss-draped, 2-mile paved trail at Alderman's Ford Conservation Park (Lithia, FL east of Brandon, 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! (Reported: April 2013)

Location: Hillsborough County (See map )
End Points: Alderman's Ford Regional Park, Lithia, FL. CR 39 north of the intersection with CR 640.
Mileage: 2 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Alafia River State Park

More Information:
Hillsborough County - Alderman's Ford Conservation Park


Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area - a Florida Eco-biking destination - Located on Florida's Gulf Coast, 15 miles south of Crystal River, this is a remote area. A 9-mile self-guided tour (brochure online or at hunter's sign-in station) is laid out for cars and bikes, but much more biking is available on the WMA roads.

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Chassahowitzka WMA

Duke Energy Trail - The trail is being developed as part of the Pinellas Trail Loop, following the Duke Energy powerline corridor. About 7 miles to date, 22.5 when done.

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Duke Energy Trail Trail

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 US 41/CR 39 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. (Reported: August 2015)

Location: Marion and Citrus Counties (See map )
End Points: Bridge St. (Dunnellon), to US 41/CR 39 (Citrus Springs)
Mileage: 2.5 miles
Surface: 12 ft. paved
Nearby points of interest: Rainbow River and Rainbow Springs State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Blue Run Bikes (Dunnellon; sales, service)

More Information:
Florida State Parks - Cross Florida Greenway
Florida State Parks - Dunnellon Trail


Bridges Road Trailhead to Withlacoochee River Bridge - Scenic ride along the Rainbow River, mixed sun and shade. A link goes to the Blue Run Park trailhead.


Withlacoochee River Bridge to US 41 Trailhead - Mixed shade and sun to the US 41 trailhead. The trail ends about .2 miles further at CR39 and the road route to the Withlacoochee State Trail.

 
 

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. (Reported: 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.

Location: Pinellas County (See map )
End Points: Fort DeSoto Park - boat ramp to east beach to north beach
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: Paved
Nearby points of interest: St. Petersburg, Dali Museum

Bike Shops/Rentals:
The Pedaling Pelican  at Fort DeSoto Park (rentals)

More Information:
Pinellas County - Fort DeSoto Park

 

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Good Neighbor Trail - The trail runs 10 miles east from Brooksville along a former narrow gauge railway line. Comprising part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail, it links to the east with the Withlacoochee State Trail and to the west a connector will link to the Suncoast Trail. The Trailhead at Russell Street Park in Brooksville has restrooms, picnic tables, and historic exhibits - the 1885 Train Station and the One Room Schoolhouse. Plans are to relocate other buildings to the site, creating a historic village. (Updated: October 2018)

Location: Hernando County (Brooksville) (See map )
End Points: Russell Street Park to Withlacoochee State Trail
Mileage: 10 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Weeki Wachee

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Trek Spring Hill (Brooksville; sales. service)
Brooksville Bicycle Center (Brooksville; sales. service)
Crank Works (Brooksville; sales. service)

More Information:
City of Brooksville - Good Neighbor Trail brochure (.pdf)


Brooksville Trailhead to Weatherly Road (section 1). The original section of the trail, the first 4 miles from Brooksville runs alternately along the road, along power lines, and through natural areas.


Weatherly Road to Withlacoochee State Trail (section 2). The second section, completed in September 2018, starts off alongside Richbarn Road but then runs through Withlacoochee State Forest to the State Trail. Through the forest is very remote - straight and with only moderate grades this is great for long-distance bikers. We visited when this section was newly built - a trail head is planned where the trail enters the forest, a covered bench or table through the forest would be a nice amenity.


Legacy Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike Trail - The bike trail runs from Venice to south Sarasota along an old Seaboard Air Line Railroad corridor. It passes through Oscar Scherer State Park; in Venice, it connects near the Historic Venice Train Depot to Venetian Waterway Park.

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Legacy Trail, Venetian Waterway Park

North Bay Trail - We were wow'ed by the southernmost portion of this St. Petersburg trail. The best section runs from Demens Landing to Coffee Pot Park, about 3 miles with water views. Part of the Pinellas Trail Loop.

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Legacy Trail, Venetian Waterway Park
 
 

Old Fort King Trail - Multi-use trail (biking, walking/hiking, horseback riding). First 2.4 miles from Sargeant Park is paved, with a portion sharing the roadway with autos (private driveway crossings). The remainder is off-road through forest at Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve and Hillsborough River State Park. Due to heat but mostly due to bugs, we recommend this as a cold-weather ride! (Reported: Feb. 2013)

Location: Hillsborough County (Thonotasassa) (See map )
End Points: John B. Sargeant State Park to Hillsborough River State Park
Mileage: 6.7 miles along Hwy. 301 North
Surface: Asphalt 12', packed dirt
Nearby points of interest: Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve

More Information:
SW Florida Water Management District - Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve


Pinellas Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike Trail - This is an urban rail-trail from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, with about 75,000 users each month including bikers, walkers, joggers, and skateboarers. The popular, well-marked trail links Pinellas County cities, parks, scenic coastal areas, and residential neighborhoods. Part of the 75-mile Pinellas Trail Loop (see below). Westernmost section of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.

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Pinellas Trail

Pinellas Trail Loop - The Pinellas Trail (see above) is now part of a Pinellas Trail Loop, running east from Tarpon Springs and south back to St. Petersburg - eventually totalling 75 miles. Here we describe the loop from the end of the original Pinellas Trail at Tarpon Springs, east along Keystone Road and south on East Lake Road, then two completed segments of the Duke Energy Trail, and ending at the North Bay Trail in St. Petersburg.

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Pinellas Loop Trail

Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail - This trail runs west to east at Clearwater, eventually linking the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach to Tampa Bay. Currently about 4.75 miles from Long Center (Clearwater) to Safety Harbor. Passes multiple Clearwater parks providing parking, access points and recreational opportunities (including an extensive disc golf course system). The trail also links to the Duke Energy Trail (a component of the evolving 75-mile Pinellas Trail Loop). From the link to Duke Energy Trail is a short ride to Spectrum Field (Philadelphia Phillies Springs Training) and other baseball-related facilities. (Reported: April 2019)

Location: Pinellas (See map )
End Points: Long Center (Old Coachman Road, Clearwater) to Safety Harbor
Mileage: 4.5 miles
Surface: Paved
Nearby points of interest: Spectrum Field, Safety Harbor; multiple parks along the trail

More Information:
Clearwater Parks & Recreation - Biking & Walking Trails


Coachman Ridge Park to Cliff Stephens Park

Near the link with Duke Energy trail, we biked the section from Coachman Ridge Park to Cliff Stephens Park. We were warned to watch for panhandlers at the US 19 underpass, but saw none and found Cliff Stephens Park to be a pleasant ride along Alligator Creek. We look forward to biking the rest of the trail on another trip


Starkey Blvd. Trail - The trail runs along Starkey Blvd. from SR 54 north to Starkey Wilderness Park - part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. Mostly roadside, with little shade. The eastern side of the trail largely borders Starkey Wilderness Park, so not much development and a rustic feel. A few road crossings, some with crossing signals. (Reported: April 2019)

Location: Pasco County (See map )
End Points: SR 54 to Starkey Wilderness Park
Mileage: 4.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Starkey Wilderness Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Trinity Cyclery (Trinity/New Port Richey; sales, service)

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Starkey Wilderness Trail - This trail runs through the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park and is part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail with an existing link to the Suncoast Trail and future to the Pinellas Trail (under construction). The trail is very popular, all types of bikes from long-range road bikes (coming off the Suncoast Trail) to recumbents. Wide, well maintained trail through pine woods, wetland, and palmetto scrub, with benches and shelters, plus water stations (a good benefit, given the lack of shade). The 8,300 acre park also has parking, restrooms, hiking and equestrian trails, picnic pavilions, playground, camping. (Updated: April 2019)

Location: Pasco County (See map )
End Points: Starkey Wilderness Park (Starkey Blvd. to Suncoast Trail)
Mileage: 7.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Trinity Cyclery (Trinity/New Port Richey; sales, service)

More Information:
Pasco County - Starkey Wilderness Park
SW FL Water Management District - Starkey Wilderness Park

 
 

Suncoast Trail - This 41-mile trail parallels the Suncoast Parkway and is part of the Coast-to-Coast Trail between links to the Starkey Trail and Good Neighbor Trails. Some stretches along the highway are not particularly interesting rides, but others run through natural areas. (Reported: Jan. 2012)

Location: Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando Counties (See map )
End Points: From Lutz Lake Fern Road in Hillsborough County, through Pasco County, to Hernando County (US Hwy 98)
Mileage: 41.3 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Nearby points of interest: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Suncoast Trailside Bicycles (Odessa; sales, service)

More Information:
Pasco County - Suncoast Trail


Tri-County and Starkey Gap Trails - A connector along the Florida Coast-To-Coast Trail - together they link the Pinellas Trail at East Lake Road to the Starkey Blvd. Trail at SR 54 in Pasco County.

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Legacy Trail, Venetian Waterway Park

Upper Tampa Bay Trail - Popular multi-use trail for bikers, runners, walkers, and skaters in the Tampa Bay Area. There are two sections, with unique characteristics - eventually they will be connected. At the north, links to the Suncoast Trail, providing another route to the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail.

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Upper Tampa Bay Trail, Florida

Venetian Waterway Park - This linear park runs on both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway at Venice, FL, from the link with the Legacy Trail to Caspersen Beach on the west side and to Shamrock Park and Nature Center on the east.

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Suncoast Bike Trail, Florida

Withlacoochee Bay Trail - This trail parallels the historic old Cross Florida Barge Canal for 6.2 miles from the Withlacoochee River 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. (Latest update: Oct. 2012)

Location: Citrus County (See map )
End Points: From Crystal River, go north on US 19 to Suncoast Parkway, turn right and continue north to Felburn Park (8 miles)
Mileage: 6.2 miles
Surface: 12 ft. paved
Nearby points of interest: Crystal River State Archaeological Park

More Information:
Florida State Parks - Withlacoochee Bay Trail


Withlacoochee State Trail - a Top 10 Florida bike Trail. This 46-mile paved rail trail goes through small towns, the Withlacoochee State Forest and other natural areas. A linear state park, the trail offers a variety of recreational opportunities with parks, river, and lake views. Uses include walking, in-line skating, cycling, fishing, and horseback riding.

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