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We were wowed by the southern portion of this St. Petersburg, FL trail. Starting at Demens Landing Park (where the Trail links to the Pinellas Trail as part of the Pinellas Trail Loop), we biked along the Tampa Bay waterfront and marina district. We continued past the Snell Isle Bridge, riding along a canal fronting the Historic Old Northeast Neighborhood, with its stately old homes. There are 8 parks along the entire trail, providing ample parking. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... North Bay Trail
Location: Pinellas County (St. Petersburg)
End Points: Demens Landing (1st Ave. S. and Bay Shore Dr. S.E) to Riviera Bay Park (81st Ave. NE and Macoma Dr. NE).
Mileage: 6.5 miles
Nearby points of interest: St. Petersburg Museum of History, Museum of Fine Arts, North Shore Aquatic Complex
For recreational bikers, the most scenic trail section runs from the south end at Demens Landing Park on Tampa Bay, northward to Coffee Pot Park, about 3 miles with water views. When entering the Historic Neighborhood (about mile 2), you will likely encounter many walkers and joggers, so expect a slow roll here. Past Coffee Pot Park, the trail leaves the waterfront behind, as the North Bay Trail becomes more of a commuter trail, running straight alongside 1st St. North, past homes, schools, and businesses. At the intersection of 78th St., the Trail becomes a "sharrow" for two blocks, until crossing a bridge over a canal, where the trail runs off-street again, ending at Riviera Bay Park.
From the southern terminus at Demens Landing Park, we visit the trail from South to North
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