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Druid Road Trail is a 4-mile bike trail in Clearwater, connecting the Pinellas Trail (west) to the Duke Energy Trail (east) at about the midpoint of the planned 75-mile Pinellas Trail Loop. This 8-foot paved trail runs roadside, an easy ride. The downside is the many road crossings and driveways. Glen Oaks Park is a pleasant stop along the way. This trail also completes Clearwater's Bay to Beach connection, part of a continuous, safe biking route from Clearwater Beach (via Clearwater Memorial Causeway Trail) to Tampa (via Duke Energy, Ream-Wilson, Bayshore and Courtney Campbell Trails). (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Druid Road Trail
Location: Pinellas County
End Points: Between Pinellas Trail and Duke Energy Trail along Druid Road
Mileage: 4 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 8 feet
Nearby points of interest: Glen Oaks Park, Clearwater Marine Aquarium
The Pinellas Trail, Druid Road Trail, and link to Memorial Causeway Trail (west to Clearwater Beach) all converge at the corner of Turner St. and East Ave. in Clearwater. Parking is available at the corner. (Note: Druid Road crosses the Pinellas Trail to the west, but the bike trail was re-directed to Turner St. as a better link to the Memorial Causeway and beach.) Druid Road is largely residential and while there are no trail amenities, it's close to restaurants and businesses along SR 60 (Court St./Gulf to Bay Blvd.) and connecting roads. It also passes nearby the YMCA and Clearwater High School. This makes it an attractive off-street transportation alternative for locals as well.
From the Pinellas Trail, the trail runs east on Turner for 3 blocks, then south for 2 blocks on S. MLK Jr. Blvd. to Druid Road - go left (east). Here the trail runs on the north side of Druid Road. Be particularly careful at the crossing of Missouri Ave./Alt US19. At S. Betty St. you're approaching Glen Oaks Park. There's street parking along S. Betty St. (the main park entrance is on the other side of the park on Court St.-SR 60). A bridge along the road crosses Stevenson Creek, then there's a path leading into the park.
Easy to explore by bicycle, Glen Oaks Park has a wide, paved path going past fishing piers/observation decks at Stevenson Creek, then winding past picnic areas, grills, playing fields and playground.
Past Glen Oaks Park, the trail continues roadside - again, watch for many road crossings (S. Keene and S. Belcher being the largest). Just past University Dr. it crosses over to the south side of the road. From here, there are more apartments and less shade.
Watch a Video:
Ride from Clearwater Beach to Tampa in time-warp speed (1:34), provided by City of Clearwater on YouTube
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