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Reported: October 2016

Fort DeSoto Park... Florida

Bike Trail along Tampa Bay and Gulf, near St. Petersburg

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 along the Gulf of Mexico. The Park features a 7-mile paved multi-use trail, scenic water views, award-winning beaches, campgrounds, snack bars, nature trail, picnicking, parking, restrooms. A boat ramp, plus kayak and bike rentals are available, and of course the historic fort. A ferry runs to Egmont Key, a Florida State Park. Day fee applies. (Map link and photos below.)

Fort DeSoto Park

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Location: Pinellas County
End Points: Fort DeSoto Park - boat ramp to east beach to north beach
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: Paved
Nearby points of interest: St. Petersburg, Dali Museum

Bike Shops/Rentals:
The Fort DeSoto Park  concession at the park (rentals)

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On the Park Trail

The 7-mile paved bike trail starts from the boat ramp near the park entrance ramp, then runs south to connect beaches, campground, picnicking, pier, and the historic fort.

From the park exit going north along SR679 (Pinellas Bayway S.), a connector runs to the Bayway Trail which connects St. Petersburg Beach to the Sunshine Skyway.

About Fort DeSoto

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.

More Information and Resources

Nearby Biking:

Skyway Trail
Pinellas Trail - a FL Top 10 trail
West FL Region - More trails plus Regional Overview map

Nearby Paddling:

Fort DeSoto Park at www.PaddleFlorida.net

Related Resources:

Pinellas County - Fort DeSoto Park

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