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16 Trails... maps, reports, photos. Scroll down or click on links below  (view locator map):

Alderman's Ford Park Trail
Cape Coral
Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area - See Eco-biking
Dunnellon Trail
Fort DeSoto Park
Fort Fraser Trail
Gasparilla-Boca Grande Rail Trail
Good Neighbor Trail
Legacy Trail and Venetian Waterway Park - See Top Ten Listing
Old Fort King Trail
Pinellas Trail - See Top Ten Listing
Sanibel Island -See Top Ten Listing
Starkey Wilderness Trail
Suncoast Trail
Withlacoochee Bay Trail
Withlacoochee State Trail -See Top Ten Listing


Alderman's Ford TrailAlderman's Ford 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.
Mileage: 2 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Hillsborough County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Alafia River State Park
More Information (open in a new window):
- Hillsborough County-Alderman's Ford Regional Park
- See more photos on our Facebook page


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, Creoss Florida GreenwayDunnellon Trail, Cross Florida Greenway

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)
Mileage: 2.5 miles
Surface: 12 ft. paved
Location: Marion and Citrus Counties (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Rainbow River and Rainbow Springs State Park
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Cross Florida Greenway
- Bike shops: Blue Run Bikes (Dunnellon)

More information and photos here


Fort DeSoto bike trailFort DeSoto Bike 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. (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
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: Paved
Location: Pinellas County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: St. Petersburg, Dali Museum
More Information (open in a new window):
- Pinellas County-Fort DeSoto Park
- Bike rentals: The Pedaling Pelican at Fort DeSoto Park
- See more photos on our Facebook page

Also visit us here: Paddling at Fort DeSoto Park


Fort Fraser TrailFort Fraser Trail

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.
Mileage: 7.8 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Polk County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Peace River
More Information (open in a new window):
- Polk County Friends of the Parks Foundation - Fact Sheet (pdf)


Gasparilla-Boca Grande Rail-TrailGasparilla-Boca Grande Rail-Trail

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!
Mileage: 6.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 6' - 9'
Location: Lee County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Boca Grande Lighthouse
More Information (open in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Gasparilla Island State Park


Good Neighbor Trail, BrooksvilleGood Neighbor, Brooksville

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 Weatherly Road
Mileage: 4 miles completed, 10 miles when finished
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Hernando County (Brooksville) (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Weeki Wachee
More Information (open in a new window):
- City of Brooksville - Good Neighbor Trail brochure (pdf)
- See more photos on our Facebook page


Old Fort King TrailOld Fort King Trail

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
Mileage: 6.7 miles along Hwy. 301 North
Surface: Asphalt 12', packed dirt
Location: Hillsborough County (Thonotasassa) (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
More Information (open in a new window):
- Hillsborough County - Old Fort King Trail
- SW Florida Water Management District - Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve
- See more photos on our Facebook page


Starkey Wilderness Bike Trail, FloridaStarkey Wilderness Bike Trail, Florida

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
Mileage: 7.3 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Pasco County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Pasco County - Starkey Wilderness Park
- SW FL Water Management District - Starkey Wilderness Park
- See more photos on our Facebook page


Suncoast Bike Trail, FloridaSuncoast Bike Trail, Florida

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)
Mileage: 41.3 miles
Surface: Asphalt
Location: Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando Counties (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Pasco County - Suncoast Trail


Withlacoochee Bay TrailWithlacoochee Bay Trail

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. (Reported: 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)
Mileage: 6.2 miles
Surface: 12 ft. paved
Location: Citrus County (See map)
Nearby Points of Interest: Crystal River State Archaeological Park
More Information (opens in a new window):
- Florida State Parks - Withlacoochee Bay Trail
- See more photos on our Facebook page


See also: Paddling in West Florida


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