The Tri-County and Starkey Gap Trails provide a connector on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, running through Pinellas and Pasco Counties and touching on Hillsborough County. The Tri-County Trail connects to the Pinellas Trail at East Lake Road (Pinellas County), and ends at the Pasco County line. The Starkey Gap Trail then continues to SR 54 and the Starkey Blvd. Trail. Variously roadside, past a nature preserve, and along a powerline corridor, with little to no shade. Completion of this project involved coordination between Pinellas and Pasco Counties, Duke Energy, and the Florida Department of Transportation. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Tri-County and Starkey Gap Trails
Location: Pinellas and Pasco Counties
End Points: East Lake Road (Pinellas County) to SR 54 (Pasco County)
Mileage: 7 miles
Surface: 12 feet, paved
Nearby points of interest: Tarpon Springs, Starkey Wilderness Park
Going east from East Lake Road and the Pinellas Trail, the trail follows Keystone Road with little to no shade. Past the Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center entrance, it crosses Keystone Rd. and then turns north to the Pasco County line. A small parking area is at the turn-off.
The trail runs northbound to the Pasco County line between Pinellas County's Brooker Creek Reserve and a Hillsborough County Nature Preserve - very quiet, past open fields, a few tree-lined sections but little shade.
Note: Here we show the trail ending at the Pasco County line, but this section is now complete, we'll update soon!
This segment runs along a powerline from the Pinellas/Pasco County Line to SR 54. It then runs alongside the roadway to Starkey Blvd. with a crossing at the stop light onto the Starkey Blvd. Trail (which in turn links to the Starkey Wilderness Trail as part of the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail). We visited during construction, this segment is now complete and we'll provide more details soon.
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