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.
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?

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: ThisTrail runs about 10 miles across the Courtney Campbell Causeway, also known as 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. The Courtney Campbell Causeway trail connects to the Pinellas Trail via the Ream-Wilson Trail and the Bayshore Trail in Clearwater
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 connector is approximately 80 percent complete in 2020. The segment within Pinellas County is called the Tri-County Trail, connecting the northeastern part of the Pinellas Trail eastward and northward up to Pasco County.
Coast-To-Coast Connector

Druid Trail: This trail runs mostly along Druid Road in Clearwater. It connects the east side of the Pinellas Trail loop to the west side of the Pinellas Trail loop approximately across the middle of the county. About 4 miles long.
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.
Memorial Causeway Bike 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.
Ream-Wilson Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park Trail: Sometimes referred to as the Honeymoon Island Spur, it begins at the southwest corner of the intersection at Alt. 19 and Curlew Rd. (there is a Walgreens on this corner) and consists of an “improved”, i.e. widened sidewalk on the south side of the road that takes you out to the Dunedin Causeway, over the Causeway drawbridge, along the beautiful stretch of beach with amenities including a restaurant, kayak rental and restroom facilities, over a secondary “tidal” bridge and into the park entrance. The trail continues into the park and a new trail follows the east side of the parking lots and ends at the very north end lot. An absolutely BEAUTIFUL ride!

Skyway Trail: The north end of this trail connects to the Pinellas Trail in the southern part of the county. The trail runs south from the Pinellas Trail toward the approaches to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. About 9 miles long.
Skyway Trail

Suncoast Trail: From the northeast corner of the Pinellas Trail loop, at the intersection of East Lake Road and Keystone Road, the Tri-County Trail runs about 3 miles to the east then about 4 miles to the north. Cross State Road 54. Go north on the Starkey Blvd Trail for about 4.5 miles to the entrance to Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park. Follow the trail through the park about 7 miles until it ends at the Suncoast Trail.
Suncoast Trail
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