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Short but scenic, the Memorial Causeway Trail is a 2.5-mile multi-use bike trail in Clearwater, connecting the Pinellas Trail (east) to Clearwater Beach (west) along the Clearwater Memorial Causeway (SR 60). The trail is a pleasant ride, separated from the busy roadway by concrete barriers and wide medians. This is the western terminus of Clearwater's Bay-to-Beach Connection, a continuous, safe biking route from Clearwater Beach to Tampa via Druid Road Trail, Duke Energy Trail, Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail, Bayshore Trail, and Courtney Campbell Trail (links at bottom of page). (Map link and photos below.)
Map link - Memorial Causeway Trail
Location: Pinellas County
End Points: Pinellas Trail (at Turner St. and East Ave.) to Clearwater Beach
Mileage: 2.5 miles, more on Clearwater Beach Walk and connecting trails
Nearby points of interest: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Caladesi Island State Park
Memorial Causeway Trail, Pinellas Trail, and Druid Road Trail all converge at the corner of Turner St. and East Ave. in Clearwater. Parking is available at the corner. From here, the trail runs west on Turner St. for 3/10 mile, then north on Bay Ave., then 1/10 mile to Chestnut St. where the Causeway begins. Signs along the way are helpful in pointing out directions.
Crossing the Causeway Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway, the trail is separated from traffic by a concrete barrier. With a mild grade, it's an easy climb. Pull-offs along the way are good stops to take in elevated views of Clearwater Bay. After crossing the bridge, the trail continues roadside along the Causeway with a wide median. A small parking area is located about 3/10 mile from the end of the bridge with covered bench, water, and fix-it station. More covered benches are located along the way, with views of Clearwater Bay, to Clearwater Beach.
The Causeway has earned praise for its greenways and pathways, while the Causeway Bridge is notable for its graceful construction. The original 1920's bridge was replaced by a drawbridge in the 1950's, but increasing traffic made it impractical and it in turn was replaced in 2005 by today's bridge.
The trail crosses another small bridge into Clearwater Beach. From here, the trail becomes much more congested with pedestrians, passing shops and restaurants. At the juncture of Coronado Drive and S. Gulfview Blvd., a pathway leads through a parking lot at Pier 60 (restrooms, fishing pier, recreational park, playground) and meets the Clearwater Beach Walk.
Extend your ride on the Beach Walk, a wide promenade on both sides of Gulfview Blvd., creating a loop of almost a mile - on its western leg running along the beach, and on its eastern leg past restaurants, shops, and resorts.
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