May 26,2023

The 5 BikeTrails Will Change How You See St. Petersburg

Florida is home to some of the best beaches in the world, award-winning restaurants, and stunning natural scenery. It's not often thought of as a hub of culture, but as anyone who's visited its major cities can tell you, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to Florida charm.

St. Petersburg is a city on Florida's Gulf Coast and has the perfect selection of white-sand beaches, world-class restaurants, and nature exploration. The list of things to do in St. Petersburg is endless, but we've managed to narrow it down to give you a glimpse of some of the best things to do when you visit the city.

On our little winter road trip on the west coast of Florida, we spent three days exploring St. Pete and the surrounding area. In this post, we share all of our favorite things to do in St. Pete to help you get the most out of your visit to a city where it's easy to have a lot of fun in the sun.

Route 1#- Skyway Trail Extension
Skyway Trail is a 12-mile trail that begins at Maximo Park and Boat Ramp in St. Petersburg and ends where it meets the Pinellas Trail. 

While Maximo Park does have a disc golf course, and the trail itself is perfect for bird watching, the main attraction of this trail is the fact that it traverses Clam Bayou, a stunning estuary good for kayaking and rafting. You will cross the swamp on bridges and trails. The route is fully paved, generally smooth and used primarily for walking, running, bird watching and biking and is accessible year-round and good for all skill levels.

There are 2 designated accessible spaces in the small 43rd Street South paved parking lot at the north end of the trailhead. Both are van accessible with a striped access aisle. The trail surface is paved (with partial railings) and smooth.The entire trail is estimated to be in the mild grade category (3% or less). There are benches and picnic tables along the route to rest.

Route 2#- Clam Bayou Nature Park Loop 
Clam Bayou Nature Park Loop is a 0.8 mile loop trail primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching and is good for all skill levels.

This is a short but scenic loop in Clam Bayou Park showcasing beautiful coastal greenery right in the Broadwater neighborhood. There is a boat launch access site that is ideal for kayakers and paddlers to explore the area by water. There are rentals available in the park as well. Tons of shorebirds can be seen around here and it's perfect for nature enthusiasts with kids.

Route 3#- St Pete Beach Trails  
St Pete Beach Trailsis a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail and is primarily used for hiking, walking and running that offers the chance to see wildlife. 

The beach is located a few minutes from the center of St. Petersburg. The area around the beach feels like a laid-back, laid-back seaside town. It is full of quaint boutiques, markets, bars, cafes, and ice cream parlors. The main attraction of this trail is the fact that it goes through Pass-a-Grille beach.

Pass-a-Grille Beach has no developments on the beach itself, the beach is more or less the same as it has been for decades: nothing but sand, surf, and sun. But it stands out from the rest, the soft white sand stretching over 4 miles of undeveloped beach. It is the perfect place to spend a day when visiting St. Petersburg.

Route 4#- Fort DeSoto Campground Loop
Fort DeSoto Campground Loop is a 1.1-mile loop trail that is easily the most popular place to ebike near St Pete Beach. Fort De Soto Park not only has a wide variety of on-site bike rentals, but this key is also among the most beautiful islands on Florida's Gulf Coast. This paved trail meanders the length of this narrow key with easy access to multiple beaches, snorkeling spots, and even a busy fishing pier. There are several convenient parking lots located throughout the island. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, camping, and biking and is accessible year-round and is good for all skill levels. 

There is 1 designated accessible space in the paved parking lot off State Highway 679 at the north end of the trailhead. It is accessible for vans with striped access aisles. The trail surface is a natural surface (compact sand) or asphalt. It is usually at least 6 feet wide. The entire trail is estimated to be in the flat grade category (1% or less). 

Route 5#- The North Bay Trail
The North Bay Trail begins at the end of the Downtown Trail, is a 12-mile moderately trafficked out-and-back trail and an extension of the renowned Pinellas Trail and continues north through the city's marina district. It takes riders through Vinoy Park, and north along picturesque Coffee Pot Bayou, then continues to Rio Vista Park. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and biking and is accessible year-round and is good for all skill levels. levels

Opportunities for exercise abound on this section of the North Bay Trail. St. Petersburg's main aquatic center, North Shore Pool, is immediately adjacent to the trailhead. In addition to the competition-quality pool, there is a small beach with a launch facility for paddle sports. Fishing is also a very popular activity along this section of the North Bay Trail.

Continuing north, the North Bay Trail continues alongside picturesque Coffee Pot Bayou. The swamp is known for its manatees that feed in the shallow waters there. Continue to Coffee Pot Park. Owned and operated by the city, the park features a boat ramp with wash facilities for paddle sports, a playground, sheltered picnic tables, and bike parking, as well as public parking for motor vehicles.

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