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The Starkey Gap Trail is part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, connecting Pinellas and Pasco Counties. It meets the Tri-County Trail at the Pinellas/Pasco County Line and runs to SR 54 at Starkey Blvd. where it meets the Starkey Blvd. Trail. The trail is a great addition for Pasco County residents, as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, it links to hundreds miles of multi-use trails. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Starkey Trails
Location: Pasco County
End Points: Pinellas County Line to SR 54 at Starkey Blvd. (New Port Richey, Pasco County)
Mileage: 2.4 miles
Surface: 12', paved
Nearby points of interest: Tarpon Springs, Starkey Wilderness Park
Trinity Cyclery (New Port Richey; sales, service, rentals)
The trail runs through a Duke Energy powerline corridor from the Pinellas County line, to SR 54 where it meets the Starkey Blvd. Trail at Longleaf (eastern New Port Richey). There's no shade along the powerline and no facilities until reaching Longleaf, so plan accordingly with water and sunscreen.
Note: The Florida DOT fact sheet (link below) refers to this as the Starkey Trail, but signage on the trail is for Starkey Gap Trail so we use that name here.
Watch for the golf cart crossings along the trail - for the first half mile to Trinity Blvd., the powerline runs through Foxhollow Golf Club. Although we didn't see any official trailheads (yet), many people were parked roadside at the point the trail crosses Trinity Blvd.
From Trinity Blvd. to SR 54, about 1.5 miles, the trail continues along the powerline with no shade. It passes some homes, and runs over culverts at wetlands. At SR 54, cross at the stoplight then continue along Starkey Blvd. and the Starkey Blvd. Trail.
Note: At the time we visited (March 2021), the crosswalk was on the west side of the intersection, but a new crosswalk has now been installed on the east side connecting to Starkey Blvd.
While we didn't experience it, we've been told there are some incidents of static shock under the high wires in sections of the trail. This video describes the effect: Getting Static Shocks From High Wires on my Bike Rides
Starkey Gap Trail is part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail
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