FAQ


Basic Trail Information

1Where is Pinellas County / The Pinellas Trail?
The Pinellas Trail is located in beautiful Pinellas County on the west central coast of Florida, to the west of Tampa Bay. The link below will open up a map of Pinellas County.
Pinellas County Map
The Pinellas Trail Map
2How long is the Pinellas Trail?
When complete, the Pinellas Trail will be a 75 mile loop circling the entire county. About 54 miles of the loop are complete as of 2020. Some gaps remain on the eastern side of the county. Construction of the next segment, known as the North Gap, is expected to begin in late 2020 or 2021.
3Which cities and towns are connected by The Pinellas Trail?
The Pinellas Trail runs through these cities and towns. In alphabetical order: Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Largo, Ozona, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Seminole, St Petersburg and Tarpon Springs. Connecting trails run to Gulfport, Safety Harbor, Clearwater Beach and Tampa.
4What is the Pinellas Trail surface like?
The Pinellas Trail is an urban trail and the entire Trail surface is paved. Most of the Trail is paved with asphalt. Some parts are paved with concrete. The Trail is typically 15 feet wide. The Trail narrows slightly going over some bridges and on the overpasses. The Trail is narrower in some sections that have a separate pedestrian walkway but the combined width is still near 15 feet.

The Pinellas Trail is generally flat. There are a few small hills in the northern section of the trail between Miles 37 and 40, and 10 overpasses to climb over some of the busier streets.
5Has The Pinellas Trail earned any national or state recognition?
On October 21, 2008, the Pinellas Trail became the third inductee into the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

In 2018, the Florida Greenways and Trails Council designated Dunedin as Florida's first official Trail Town, in large part due to how the city of Dunedin has embraced the way the Pinellas Trail runs right through the downtown area.
6Are any major public events run along the Pinellas Trail?
The St Petersburg Distance Classic uses the Pinellas Trail for part if its course.
7What is the history of the Pinellas Trail?
8How do I get on the Pinellas Trail?
The Pinellas Trail is an urban/suburban trail in a densely populated county. The trail is separated from vehicle traffic but there are lots of cross streets. Any cross street would be a good access point.

There are a couple of dozen parks either adjacent to the trail or very close to the trail that would be good options for parking, trail access, rest rooms and water fountains. The trail also runs next to many shopping centers that locals often use as parking areas.
9Can I watch some videos showing what is it like to ride on the Pinellas Trail?
Check out the 96-second video on our web site home page to get a feel for what the Pinellas Trail is like to ride.

Here's an hour-long video of someone riding the Pinellas Trail in the southern part of the county.
64-minute Video

This trail video is 21 minutes showing some of the sights in the northern part of the county.
21 minute Video

This trail video shows some newer sections in the northern part of the county. 3 minutes
3 minute Video

This trail video is about 4 minutes long:
4 minute Video

Trail User Information

1How do I call for emergency help?
As always, call 911 for emergencies.There are 911 emergency markers along most parts of the Trail, at intervals of about 200 feet. These markers contain serial numbers to locate their exact positions for first responders.
2What to do if you find something on the Pinellas Trail...like someone’s keys or phone?
Several Trail users have turned in lost items to the nearest fire station or to Trail Rangers.
3What is it like to ride the Pinellas Trail?
The Pinellas Trail is an urban trail. It goes through the downtown areas of the major cities in the county in addition to more suburban areas. Much of the west side of the Pinellas Trail loop is on a former railroad right-of-way, and large segments of the Pinellas Trail run through the county along a protected corridor with a surprising amount of greenery. There are naturally many cross streets due to the urban location of the Pinellas Trail. A number of overpasses and underpasses take users safely across major roadways.
4Is there any public art along the Pinellas Trail?
There are nine large signs modeled after old railroad signal crossing signs that indicate which town you are passing through. The western side of the Pinellas Trail is actually the old CSX railroad right-of-way and the old rail stations in Dunedin and Tarpon Springs still exist and are now museums. In fact, there is an old boxcar next to the station in Dunedin which has been converted into a refreshment stop right next to the Trail.

Some of the municipalities along the Pinellas Trail have invested in their own art, and there are private businesses that have created their own artwork along the Pinellas Trail. Dunedin is a prime example. There are murals and sculptures in downtown Dunedin along the Pinellas Trail as well as murals that can be seen from the Trail on private buildings. An example would be the VFW building, Post 2550 at the intersection of the Pinellas Trail and Beltrees Street, south of downtown. There is also an art house that has recently been decorated with amusing murals at the intersection of the Pinellas Trail and Albert Street.

A mural reflecting the Pinellas Trail was created on the East Lake Road overpass crossing Tampa Road.
5How many people use the Pinellas Trail?
Automatic user counters have been installed at a number of locations around the entire Trail loop. More than 1.5 million people used the Pinellas Trail in 2019, a number higher than the population of Pinellas County!
6Are there any tourist attractions along the Pinellas Trail, or near the Pinellas Trail?
Yes! Some of these include:
Clearwater Beach
Honeymoon Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
Suncoast Primate Sanctuary
St Petersburg Pier - newly reopened in 2020!
Central Avenue Arts District in St Petersburg
Downtown St Petersburg
Downtown Dunedin
Downtown Gulfport
Downtown Safety Harbor
Downtown Tarpon Springs
7Where can I get a list of major Trail amenities and their locations?
Please see the most recent edition of the Pinellas Trail Guidebook.
A PDF version can be downloaded from this link.
8Where are maps and guides for the Pinellas Trail?
Many local bike shops have the Discover Pinellas - Trail and Bicycle Guide provided by Forward Pinellas. These can also be found at area chambers of commerce.
See our Maps & Resources page to view online.
9Are there campgrounds near the Pinellas Trail?
Please see the Pinellas Trail Guidebook for information about campgrounds near the Trail.
A PDF version can be downloaded from this link.
10How should Trail users courteously announce their approach to pass by?
Lots of people use the term “on your left” when riding their bicycle and approaching slower traffic and/or foot traffic from behind. A bike bell is also recommended. It is important to announce your approach in plenty of time so as not to startle them and give them time to move aside. If the Pinellas Trail is crowded, wait until it is clear to pass.

Above all else, please be courteous with your fellow Trail users!
11How do I report a problem?
Please call the County Parks Department to report maintenance issues at 727-582-2100.

Supporting the Trail

1How can I support the Pinellas Trail?
You can support the Pinellas Trail by volunteering as an Auxillary Ranger, donating needed amenities or making a tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the Pinellas Trail, Inc. which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Visit our Donate/Volunteer page for more information.

Connections to other Trails and Parks

1Does the Pinellas Trail Loop connect to any parks?
Absolutely! The Pinellas Trail runs immediately next to, or very close to:
Demens Landing Park (St Petersburg)
Azalea Park (St Petersburg)
Walter Fuller Park (St Petersburg)
Childs Park Recreation and Fitness Center (St Petersburg)
Riviera Bay Park (St Petersburg)
Coffee Pot Park (St Petersburg)
Flora Wylie Park (St Petersburg)
North Shore Park and Aquatic Complex (St Petersburg)
Vinoy Park (St Petersburg)
Seminole City Park (Seminole)
Boca Ciega Millennium Park (Seminole)
Blossom Lake Park (Seminole)
John S. Taylor Park (Largo)
Walsingham Park (Largo)
Ridgecrest Park (Largo)
Florida Botanical Gardens (Largo)
Josiah Cephus Weaver Park (Dunedin)
Hammock Park (Dunedin)
Pop Stansell Park (Palm Harbor)
Wall Springs Park (Palm Harbor)
Conservation Park at the William E. Dunn Water Reclamation Facility (Palm Harbor)
John Chesnut Sr. Park (Palm Harbor)
Glen Oaks Park (Clearwater)
There are a number of smaller community parks and recreation areas adjacent to the Pinellas Trail or close by.

Within Pinellas County, connecting trails lead to Honeymoon Island State Park, Caladesi Island State Park, and the Brooker Creek Preserve within Pinellas County.

Connecting trails lead to Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in Pasco County to the north.

Connecting trails lead to Ben T. Davis Beach, Skyway Park and Cypress Point Park in Hillsborough County to the east.

2Does the Pinellas Trail connect to any other local or regional trails?
Yes! These connecting trails include:

Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail: This trail runs about 10 miles across the Courtney Campbell Causeway (part of State Road 60) and connects Clearwater to Tampa. This trail is separated from the vehicle traffic and even has its own large bridge over Upper Tampa Bay. This trail is flat, except for one large bridge and one small bridge. The western end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail connects to the Pinellas Trail and Safety Harbor via the Bayshore Trail and the Ream-Wilson Trail in Clearwater. The eastern (Tampa) end of the trail connects to the Skyway Park Trail. A 0.7 mile leg of the Skyway Park Trail goes north, under the Causeway overpass, and ends at Skyway Park. A 1.4 mile section continues east then curves south and ends at Cypress Street, a block north of Cypress Point Park.
Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail

Coast-To-Coast Connector: This regional trail will eventually span approximately 270 miles and connect downtown St. Petersburg to Titusville on the East Coast of Florida. The C2C is approximately 80 percent complete in 2021. Much of the Pinellas Trail is part of the C2C. In the northeastern part of the Pinellas Trail loop, connect to the Tri-County Trail at the corner of Keystone Road and East Lake Road. Ride eastward (~ 3 miles) and northward (~ 2 miles) to the Pasco County line. This connects to the Pasco County Starkey Gap Trail (~ 2.4 miles) and Starkey Blvd Trail (~ 4.5 miles). Then ride through Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park (~ 7.5 miles) to the Suncoast Trail. The sections in Pinellas County and Pasco County are flat. If you ride the Tri-County Trail, it is worth the detour to take the access road into Brooker Creek Preserve. This is a flat loop about 2.4 miles to the parking area and back. There is usually so little traffic on the access road it feels like being on a bike trail. And the speed limit is slow, about 15 mph.
Coast-To-Coast Connector
Tri-County Trail
Starkey Blvd Trail
Suncoast Trail
Starkey Wilderness Park Paved Trail


Druid Trail: This trail is a widened sidewalk and runs east/west, mostly along Druid Road in Clearwater. It connects the Duke Energy Trail (which is the east side of the Pinellas Trail loop) to the Pinellas Trail in downtown Clearwater (the west side of the Pinellas Trail loop). This is one of the best ways to ride east and west across the county, approximately in the middle of the county. About 4 miles long. It is mostly flat, but has some rolling hills on the western side.
Druid Trail

Memorial Causeway Bike Trail: This trail runs along the Clearwater Memorial Causeway (State Road 60) between downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach. About 3.5 miles long with one big bridge to cross. The trail goes past the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where the "Dolphin Tale" films were set. Other than the bridge, this trail is flat.
Memorial Causeway Bike Trail

Ream-Wilson Trail: Ream-Wilson Trail: This trail connects the Long Aquatic Center in Clearwater to downtown Safety Harbor. It passes right by the complex where the Philadelphia Phillies conduct spring training. About 4.5 miles long. This trail also connects to the Bayshore Trail, which can be taken south to the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. This trail has both flat sections and sections with some short hills, and one overpass. A couple of the hills are very steep and approach a 10% grade.
Ream-Wilson Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park Trail: It begins at the southwest corner of the intersection at Alternate US 19 and Curlew Road. It starts as a widened sidewalk on the south side of the road that takes you out to the Dunedin Causeway. Then take the Dunedin Causeway Trail Spur over the Causeway drawbridge, along a beautiful stretch of beach with amenities including a small snack bar, kayak/canoe rental and restroom facilities, over a secondary "tidal" bridge and to the park entrance. The trail is about 2.5 miles long. An absolutely BEAUTIFUL ride! But be warned this trail is often crowded with pedestrians and bicycles. Best for a pleasure ride and not a serious exercise session. Other than the bridges, this trail is flat. Once inside Honeymoon Island State Park another trail continues into the park and follows the east side of the parking lots and ends at the very north end parking lot.

Skyway Trail: The north end of this trail connects to the Pinellas Trail in the southern part of the county, about Mile 3.7. The Skyway Trail runs south from the Pinellas Trail toward the approaches to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The trail ends at the north rest area on the Sunshine Skyway Causeway. You can ride out to the north fishing pier from the rest area. About 10 miles long. Study the map before you go as a few sections are confusing. Other than the bridges, this trail is flat.

The Skyway Trail does have one confusing discontinuous section. Riding south from the Pinellas Bayway, the trail loops to the left (east) and goes under I-275. The trail then seems to end at 58th Ave South with no further guidance.
It is necessary to turn right and go east on 58th Ave South for about 0.25 miles. Then turn right to go south on 31st Street South, either on the sidewalk or bike lane. In about 0.5 miles, turn right to go west on Pinellas Point Drive South.
In about 0.25 miles, turn left to go south on the service road (Sunshine Skyway Lane South) just before you get to the I-275 overpass. You will ride south on a wide sidewalk for about one third of a mile before the asphalt trail begins again. You will have to cross Sunshine Skyway Lane South to pick up the paved trail.
Skyway Trail

Suncoast Trail: The Suncoast Trail runs about 41 miles along the Suncoast Parkway. It connects to the Pinellas Trail via parts of the Coast-to-Coast Connector. This trail has very few cross streets and is great for long rides. Unfortunately, it is also adjacent to the Suncoast Parkway and suffers from road noise. The road noise is more severe in the southern half of the trail, which is relatively flat. The northern part of the trail is quieter, due to both better separation from the highway and less traffic on the highway. The northernmost 10 miles are very hilly, which is unusual for most of Florida. The southern sections are generally flat or rolling hills.
Suncoast Trail

Other Pinellas County Trails

1What other trails exist in Pinellas County?
These are the other major trails within Pinellas County:

Bayshore Trail: This is a 0.9 mile connector trail. The southern end is across State Road 60 (Courtney Campbell Causeway) from the western end of the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail. The northern end meets up with the Ream-Wilson Trail. This trail is flat.
Bayshore Trail


Bayway Trail: This 3.7 mile trail runs along the Pinellas Bayway (State Road 682). The east end meets up with the Skyway Trail. On the west side, the trail ends at Gulf Blvd across from the Don Cesar Hotel.
Bayway Trail

Other Nearby Regional Trails

1What other regional trails near Pinellas County are worth exploring?
These are some of the regional trails near Pinellas County that you may want to visit while in our area.:

Coastal Anclote Trail: This is one of the newer local trails. Its 4.5 miles connect Key Vista Park, Anclote Gulf Park and Anclote River Park in western Pasco County. It will eventually connect with the northern part Pinellas Trail in Tarpon Springs, just west of the U.S. 19 underpass.
Coastal Anclote Trail

Withlacoochee State Trail: This trail runs about 46 miles between Citrus Springs (Citrus County in the north) and Dade City (Pasco County in the south). It passes through a few small towns but most of the trail is in rural areas. A very nice ride. The Withlacoochee Trail connects to the Good Neighbor Trail, which runs westward about 10 miles into Brooksville. These two trails are mostly flat. The Withlacoochee Trail has one or two overpasses.
Withlacoocheee State Trail
Good Neighbor Trail

Upper Tampa Bay Trail: There are two sections of this Hillsborough County trail with a gap in the middle. The southern section (about 7.2 miles) runs from the Peterson Park trailhead (about 1 mile north of Ehrlich Road) south past Citrus Park Mall, Gunn Highway, Waters Ave, Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Ave to the southern trailhead on Montague Street, about 0.4 miles south of Alonso High School.
The northern section (about 4.3 miles) begins near the intersection of Van Dyke Road and Gunn Highway and runs north to a nice trailhead on Lutz Lake Fern Road, then beyond the trailhead to the Suncoast Parkway, where it connects to the southern end of the Suncoast Trail. Both sections are great rides. Both sections of this trail are generally flat, except for the handful of overpasses and underpasses.
Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Legacy Trail (~10 miles) and the Venetian Waterway Park Trail (~9 miles): These two trails run between Sarasota and Venice. The Venetian Waterway Park has separate, unconnected trails on each side of the Intracoastal Waterway. The trail on the east side connects end-to-end with the Legacy Trail and you can ride seamlessly from one to the other. They are nice trails to ride and mostly flat. For more information please visit:
Friends of the Legacy Trail
The Legacy Trail
Venetian Waterway Park

General James A. Van Fleet State Trail: This is one of the most rural paved trails in Florida, and one of the straightest trails in the country. A former railroad corridor, there is only one gentle curve in the entire 29 miles of trail between Polk City in Polk County and Mabel in Sumter County. Services are few and far between at average separations of about 10 miles. This trail is flat.
General James A. Van Fleet State Trail

Auburndale TECO Trail: This ~ 7 mile trail seamlessly connects end-to-end with the Van Fleet Trail at the Polk City trailhead. This trail is less rural than the Van Fleet trail. This trail is mostly flat.
Auburndale TECO Trail

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