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The trail runs 4.5 miles along Hillsborough Bay parallel to Bayshore Blvd., separated by a greenbelt, from Gandy Blvd. north to Columbus Statue Park at the W. Platt St. Bridge. The trail follows the shoreline to the east, and across Bayshore Blvd. to the west, neighborhoods include Tampa's New Hyde Park with many homes on the National Historic Register. The trail itself has no crossroads, crosswalks with signals lead over Bayshore Blvd. at several points. Amenities include benches, water fountain, fitness stations, bike parking, and city marina. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Map link - Bayshore Linear Park Trail
Location: Hillsborough County (Tampa)
End Points: Bayshore Blvd. (Gandy Blvd. to Columbus Statue Park)
Mileage: 4.5 miles
Surface: Concrete, 10 feet wide
Trailheads/Parking: Ballast Point Park, Fred Ball Park
Nearby points of interest: Ballast Point Park
Coast Bike Share (rentals)
While the trail "officially" starts at Gandy Blvd., the first 0.1 mile is roadside on a wide sidewalk. The scenic bayside portion starts at West Hawthorne Rd. (condo entrance) and runs 4.4 miles north to Columbus Statue Park at the W. Platt St. Bridge. This is an easy ride with no crossroads, pull-outs are provided along the way to relax and take in the views. The crosswalks crossing Bayshore Blvd. are well marked. Past Columbus Statue Park, a connector to the Tampa Riverwalk is underway as part of a Brorein St. Bridge upgrade project that includes widening the sidewalks over the Bridge to 9 feet.
Ballast Point Park serves as a trailhead, with scenic Bay views, parking, restrooms, picnicking, gazebo, playground, splash pad, boat ramp, fishing pier. The Taste of Boston restaurant here is a popular spot for food, snacks and bait.
We parked here and rode the 0.5 mile route on the sidewalk alongside Interbay Blvd. to Bayshore Blvd. and the Bayshore Linear Park Trail starting at Gandy Blvd. There are a few driveways into residential developments along this section.
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