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Pinellas Trail Loop

Eastern Leg of the Pinellas Trail Loop

The Pinellas Trail Loop is a regional trail network providing safe recreational and transportation alternatives in Pinellas County. The loop incorporates the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail (St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs) on its western leg (now 46 miles), and on its eastern leg the Duke Energy Trail (7 miles, 22.5 miles when complete) and the North Bay Trail (6.5 miles). The Pinellas Trail on the west leg is a rail-trail, while to the east the route runs roadside and through powerline corridors. Here we describe the Loop east from the end of the Pinellas Trail, south along the Duke Energy Trail through Clearwater, and returning to St. Petersburg via the North Bay Trail. (Map and biking photos below.)

Visit the western (original) leg of the Pinellas Trail Loop here.

Pinellas Trail Loop, paved Florida Bike Trail

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Pinellas Trail Loop

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Location: Pinellas County
End Points: St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and return
Mileage: 46 miles on the Pinellas Trail. Eastern Loop under construction, 7 miles completed to date, eventually, 75 miles.
Surface: Paved asphalt, 15' (some narrower sections)
Nearby points of interest: North Anclote Nature Park, Philippe Park, Safety Harbor, Spectrum Field, Weedon Island Preserve

Bike Shops/Rentals:

See a listing here (look for the insert mid-page on the left)

Support and Advocacy:

Friends of the Pinellas Trail

Biking on the Pinellas Trail Loop - East... Comments and Photos

The eastern leg of the Pinellas Trail Loop runs from Tarpon Springs past portions of Palm Harbor, Oldsmar, and Safety Harbor, and through Clearwater and Pinellas Park to St. Petersburg. While the western leg (the "original" Pinellas Trail) follows the railbed and includes quaint Dunedin and Tarpon Springs, much of the eastern leg runs along powerlines and is more community-centered, linking residential areas, schools and businesses.

Biking the Pinellas Trail Loop - Eastern Leg

Tarpon Springs to Keystone Road

Past Tarpon Springs, the Pinellas Trail turns to the east, leaving the original rail line and running mostly alongside roads with almost no shade. Shortly after turning east, a short but scenic trail spur leads to North Anclote Nature Park - restrooms, playground, picnic table, nature trails, fishing pier, boardwalk, and kayak/canoe launch. Past the Nature Park, the trail goes under U.S. Hwy 19, around a subdivision, along  N. Jasmine Ave. and Melon St. before emerging onto Keystone Road. It continues along Keystone Road to East Lake Road where it splits - south as part of the evolving Pinellas Trail Loop, and east as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail. (July 2018)

Keystone Rd. to John Chestnut Sr. Park - 4.25 miles

The trail continues south along East Lake Road about 4.25 miles to John Chestnut Sr. Park in Palm Harbor - parking, restrooms, picnic, playgrounds, playing fields, boat ramp onto Lake Tarpon, paddling trail. A 6.8 mile gap starts here, when filled will lead to the Duke Energy Trail at Enterprise Road in Clearwater. (July 2018)

Duke Energy Trail - Enterprise Rd. to Sunset Pt. Road - 1.5 miles

The trail starts at Enterprise Road and crosses a bridge over busy US 19. It then runs along the powerline corridor with no shade. Watch for Duke Energy trucks crossing the trail. A parking lot with portalet is available at Sunset Pt. Road. From here, another gap to Coachman Road. (April 2019)

Duke Energy Trail - Coachman Road to Bellaire Road - 2.5 miles

The trail resumes along Coachman Road at the intersection with the Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail. The trail runs roadside to Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., and then through the Duke Energy powerline corridor to Bellaire Road. Be careful crossing Drew St. and Gulf-to-Bay Blvd. - use button to activate the crossing signal. Of particular interest through this section is Spectrum Field (Philadelphia Phillies spring training) and other Major and Minor League baseball-related facilities. A public parking lot at the Carpenter Complex is available, but parking can be limited when baseball games are in progress. Nearby along the Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail is Northeast Coachman Park, with parking, restrooms, picnic tables, and disc golf course. (April 2019)

North Bay Trail - 6.5 miles

This existing trail forms the end of the Pinellas Trail Loop east leg, returning to Demens Landing in St. Petersburg.

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