The North Bay Trail begins in downtown St. Petersburg with an easy connection to the scenic 42-mile Pinellas Trail
at Bay Shore Drive SE. From there, the trail heads north along Tampa Bay, offering enjoyable views of the water, busy marinas, palm trees and beaches.
The trail turns inland at Coffeepot Bayou, which is lined with beautiful waterfront homes in the Old Northeast neighborhood. A busy commercial area follows as the trail closely parallels 1st Street NE. After crossing a pedestrian bridge at 79th Avenue NE, you'll turn back east and head up to 83rd Avenue North, where the trail ends.
Along the way, the long list of recreational amenities that the trail provides access to is exceptional. From south to north, you'll be in the vicinity of:
- Progress Energy Park (180 2nd Avenue SE)
- Demens Landing Park (Bayshore Drive and 1st Avenue SE)
- South Straub Park (200 Bayshore Drive NE)
- North Straub Park (300 Bayshore Drive NE)
- Vinoy Park (701 Bayshore Drive NE)
- North Shore Park (9th Avenue NE and North Shore Drive NE)
- Gizella Kopsick Arboretum (901 North Shore Drive)
- Flora Wylie Park (13th Avenue NE and North Shore Drive NE)
- Coffee Pot Bayou Park (3200 1st Street NE)
- Rio Vista Park (1st Street and 79th Avenue NE)
Parking lots can be found in many of the parks adjascent to the trail, including Demens Landing Park, just east of the trail's southern endpoint, and Flora Wylie Park.
My wife and I rode this trail back in August. It was very nice. The trail for the most part runs down the sea wall for Tampa bay in St Pete. Even though it is a short trail it is still a must do. just for the scenery alone.