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 and along the Gulf. 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 the historic fort. A ferry runs to Egmont Key, a Florida State Park. Day fee applies. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Fort DeSoto Park
Location: Pinellas County
End Points: Fort DeSoto Park - boat ramp to east beach to north beach
Mileage: 7 miles
Nearby points of interest: St. Petersburg, Dali Museum
The Pedaling Pelican at Fort DeSoto Park (rentals)
The paved 7-mile bike trail runs from the boat ramp (near the entrance), past campgrounds, and connects the east and north beaches.
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.
Also visit us: Paddling at Fort DeSoto Park
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