The Tri-County Trail provides a connector on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, running through Pinellas and Pasco Counties, and skirting Hillsborough County. It connects to the Pinellas Trail at East Lake Road (Pinellas County), and to the Starkey Blvd. Trail at SR 54 (Pasco County). Variously roadside, past a nature preserve and along a powerline corridor, with little to no shade. Completion of this project involved coordination between Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Duke Energy, and the Florida Department of Transportation. (Map and biking photos below.)
End Points: East Lake Road
(Pinellas County) to SR
54 (Pasco County)
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: 12 feet, paved
Location: Pinellas and Pasco Counties (See map)
Nearby points of interest: Tarpon Springs, Starkey Wilderness Park
The Tri-County Trail serves as a connector on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, running through Pinellas and Pasco Counties, and skirting Hillsborough County.
Going east from East Lake Road and connection with the Pinellas Trail, the trail (also called the Keystone Trail) follows Keystone Road with little to no shade. Past the Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center entrance, it crosses Keystone Rd. and then turns north to the Pasco County line. A small parking area is at the turn-off.
The trail runs northbound to the Pasco County line between Pinellas County's Brooker Creek Reserve and a Hillsborough County Nature Preserve - very quiet, past open fields, a few tree-lined sections but little shade.
This section (also called the Starkey Gap Trail) is under contruction, scheduled for completion in 2019. We visited some segments to view progress: at the Pinellas/Pasco County Line, at Robert Trent Jones Pkwy., and at Trinity Blvd. From where it ends at SR 54, it will run alongside the roadway to Starkey Blvd. with a crossing at the stop light onto the Starkey Blvd. Trail (which in turn links to the Starkey Wilderness Trail as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail).
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