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The Ream-Wilson Clearwater Trail runs 4.5 miles west to east from Coachmans Ridge Park (Clearwater) to Safety Harbor. Along the way, it passes multiple Clearwater parks and sport facilities, providing trailhead parking along with recreational opportunities (including an extensive disc golf course system). Connecting trails add to the ride experience: (1) it links to the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach via the Duke Energy Trail and Druid Road Trail; (2) it links into the evolving 75-mile Pinellas Trail Loop at its convergence with Duke Energy Trail; (3) it links to the Bayshore Trail to Courtney Campbell Trail, crossing Old Tampa Bay into Hillsborough County (Tampa). This is an easy ride and often shady, except for the section at the eastern end along N. Bayshore Blvd..(Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail
Location: Pinellas County (Clearwater)
End Points: Clearwater (Coachman Ridge Park) to Safety Harbor
Mileage: 4.5 miles (more via connectors)
Nearby points of interest: BayCare Ball Park (formerly Spectrum Field), Safety Harbor; multiple parks along the trail
Starting at Coachman Ridge Park (parking, picnic, playground, sport facilities), the trail runs roadside along Old Coachman Road. Crossing NE Coachman Road and a railroad track, it merges with Duke Energy Trail and they run together past Northeast Coachman Park (parking, picnic, disk golf course). A short bridge goes over Alligator Creek, then the trails cross Old Coachman Road where they diverge - continue straight on the Ream-Wilson Trail, or turn right for the Duke Energy Trail. Ream-Wilson Trail winds around the playing fields at Carpenter Field (next to BayCare Ballpark, spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies), and goes under US 19. We were warned to watch for panhandlers at the underpass, but saw none and found Cliff Stephens Park to be a pleasant ride. The park is an Alligator Creek water management area, with parking, picnic, walking path, fitness circuit, and disc golf course, plus boat ramp (electric motor or paddle only) and 4 fishing docks.
From Cliff Stephens Park the trail crosses Fairwood Ave. Go left to a parking area and link to Kapok Park (parking, picnic, loop trail, boardwalk, disk golf course), or right to continue on Ream Wilson Trail. Ream-Wilson follows Fairwood Ave. for 300 feet, then turns at Brigadoon Drive, running first along Alligator Creek and then behind an apartment complex. After meeting another spur to Kapok Park, the trail passes the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex (parking, picnic, benches, concession, and restrooms). Shortly past the softball complex, a trail bridge spans busy Macmillan-Booth Road.
Across the bridge is Del Oro Park (parking, picnic, playground, tennis, basketball), then the trail runs through a pleasant residential area. Crossing N. Bayshore Blvd., Ream-Wilson goes left (north) and Bayshore Trail goes right (south), connecting to Courtney-Campbell Causeway Trail. About 1/4 mile north along N. Bayshore Blvd. is Cooper's Bayou Park (parking, walking paths, fishing, kayak/canoe launch, and a fitness course).
Past Cooper's Bayou Park, the trail continues roadside with one road crossing, and then ends at Arlie Ave. at the Clearwater-Safety Harbor city limits, about 1/2 mile. The Bayshore Trail in Safety Harbor (also called the Bayshore Linear Greenway Recreational Trail) continues uninterrupted northbound, so we include it here to the marina, pier and downtown Safety Harbor.
From the Clearwater city limit, the trail in Safety Harbor runs roadside along N. Bayshore Blvd., first crossing a bridge over a canal between Alligator Lake and Old Tampa Bay. Continuing in this section are views of the Bay, then at about 8/10 mile is Safety Harbor Marina Park and Pier to the right, and downtown Safety Harbor to the left. The trail continues north to Philippe Park, which we hope to visit on another trip.
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