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Pinellas Trail Loop... Regional Trail System, West Florida

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 (13 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 (Western loop); Eastern Loop under construction, 22 miles completed to date, eventually, 75 miles total
Surface: Paved asphalt, 15' (some narrower sections)
Nearby points of interest: North Anclote Nature Park, John Chestnut Sr. Park, BayCare Ballpark (formerly Spectrum Field), Weedon Island Preserve, Courtney Campbell Causeway

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.

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, where it meets the Duke Energy Trail. The trail is separated from the road by a wide median, but there are some road crossings, so keep alert.

John Chestnut Sr. Park at 255 acres is a real gem in Palm Harbor - parking, restrooms, picnic, playgrounds, playing fields, dog park, observation tower, boat ramp onto Lake Tarpon, and paddling trail. The park roads are bikeable and there are 2.7 miles of walking/hiking trails - we enjoyed the boardwalk along the lake and sunset view. An assortment of wildlife can be seen, including alligators, deer, assorted birds and more. More about John Chestnut Sr. Park

Trail along East Lake Rd.

John Chestnut Sr. Park

Duke Energy Trail - John Chestnut Park to Enterprise Rd. - 6.7 miles

Formerly the "North Gap," this section extends the Duke Energy Trail starting at John Chestnut Sr. Park to Enterprise Road in Clearwater. This has been completed (August 2022) with the exception of a bridge over the Lake Tarpon Outfall Canal, scheduled for completion in 2024. In the meantime, a temporarry route from the intersection of Tampa Rd. and McMullen Booth Rd. to East Lake Rd.S. has been mapped out with signage pointing the way. This route runs through a busy section, be very careful.

Note: We haven't visited this section yet, we'll update with more details at a later date. Photo shown was taken at John Chestnut Park during construction.

Duke Energy Trail - Enterprise Rd. to Haines Bayshore Rd. - 6.5 miles

The trail starts at Enterprise Road and crosses a bridge over busy US 19. It then runs south along the powerline corridor with no shade, crossing Sunset Point Rd., and continuing to Coachman Road where it shares the way with Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail for a short distance. It then continues along Old Coachman Road, crossing Gulf-to-Bay-Blvd. and continuing to Bellair Rd. Along Bellair Rd. it goes under US 19 and parallels US 19 for a short distance to Haines Bayshore Road, where the Pinellas Trail South Gap starts, eventually linking to the North Bay Trail in St. Petersburg.

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Pinellas Trail Loop/Duke Energy Trail - South Gap - 12 miles

This section runs from Haines Bayshore Rd. south into St. Petersburg and connecting to the North Bay Trail, about 12 miles. An underpass has been completed at Ulmerton Rd., and a short portion is complete in St. Petersburg utilizing the Roosevelt Blvd. Trail, about 2 miles.

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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More Information and Resources

More Biking:

West FL Region - More trails plus Regional Overview map

Watch a Video:

Riding the Pinellas Trail Loop In Timewarp Speed with our friend Dave at Phonamana

Related Resources:

Pinellas County - Guide to the Pinellas Trail
Pinellas County - Pinellas Trail Loop

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