Pinellas Trail

The Pinellas Trail is arguably the best hiking and biking trail in the St Petersburg area, and there are numerous access points along its 34-mile stretch if you don't want to take the whole thing on. In case you are wondering where the Pinellas Trail goes, the northern terminus can be found in Tarpon Springs, while the southern terminus is located in St Petersburg. While some of the intersections along the trail are busy intersections, others wind their way through more scenic, natural areas. Some 90,000 people access the Pinellas Trail every month, which gives testament to its popularity, and it's simply an ideal path for sightseeing endeavors.

Whether you plan on biking or hiking the Pinellas Trail, one of the most scenic stops along the way can be enjoyed from the Cross Bayou Bridge. This bridge spans the Boca Ciega Bay, and the views are amazing. Other bridges along the way offer fantastic landscape views as well, and you can stop for drinks or something to eat in towns such as Clearwater and Palm Harbor. There are even connecting trails that link the Pinellas Bike Trail to side destinations like Honeymoon Island State Park. Finding places to stay along the trail is easy if you want to explore it at a leisurely pace. You might spend the night in Dunedin, which is a particularly pleasant town. You'll at least want to break in Dunedin to take in the coastal views that are just a couple of blocks away.

In addition to biking and hiking the Pinellas Trail, St Petersburg area residents and visitors can also cruise along its asphalt surface on inline skates. The Pinellas Bike Trail is also wheelchair friendly should you have special needs. One of the best things about the Pinellas trail is the fact that a number of bike shops can be found along its route. You can rent a bike at some of them, not to mention get some attention for yours in the case of an emergency. Numerous parks can also be found along the route, and they are great places to stop and rest for a moment. In the town of Largo, Taylor Park provides a good place to either rest or begin your adventure on the trail. There is plenty of parking at Taylor Park, and the general facilities are good if you are stopping for a break.  

When you're not visiting the museums in St Petersburg, doing some shopping, or hanging out at one of the spectacular area beaches, biking or hiking the Pinellas Trail is a great way to unwind. Extensions are frequently added to the Pinellas Bike Trail as well. A linear park of sorts, the Pinellas Trail has done well to convert an unused railroad corridor into one of the top recreational attractions in the greater Tampa area.

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