Opened in 2001, the Suncoast Trail is part of Florida's Statewide Greenways and Trails System. The parallels the Suncoast Parkway, beginning in northern Hillsborough County, and heads north through Pasco and Hernando counties.
It passes through a mix of suburban, agricultural and natural areas, along which you will find rest areas and interpretive signs that illuminate the trail's historical significance and identify the local ecology.
One of the Suncoast Trail's most impressive features is the nearby Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, with beautiful waterways and scenic views of natural areas.
Parking and Trail Access
Trailhead at Lutz Lake Fern Road (southern terminus): From Tampa, take Dale Mabry Highway (CR 597) north to Lutz Lake Fern Road. Turn left (west) and continue for about 3 miles until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead is on the right.
Trailhead at SR 54 (2.45 miles from southern terminus): From I-75, take Exit 58 to SR 54. Head east (toward New Port Richey/Land O' Lakes) on SR 54 until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead entrance is on the right about 1 mile beyond overpass. From New Port Richey, head east on State Road 54. Look for trailhead entrance on left about 1 mile before passing under Suncoast Parkway.
Trailhead at Crews Lake Park (15.86 miles from southern terminus): From I-75, take Exit 59 (new Exit 285) to SR 52. Head east on SR 52 (away from San Antonio) until you reach Shady Hills Road. Turn right on Shady Hills Road and proceed north until you reach Leeway Road. The Suncoast Trail can be accessed via a trail within the park.
Trailhead at Anderson Snow Regional Park/Sports Complex (22.45 miles from southern terminus): From Brooksville, take US 41 south to County Line Road. Take a right (heading west) on County Line Road and proceed until you pass the Suncoast Parkway. Anderson Snow Road is just past the parkway on right. Take Anderson Snow Road to the park. The Suncoast Trail can be accessed from within the park.
Trailhead at SR 50 (29.6 miles from southern terminus): From I-75, take Exit 61 (new Exit 301) to US 98/SR 50. Head west toward Brooksville. Continue through Brooksville on SR 50 and proceed until you reach the Suncoast Parkway. Look for the trailhead just past the parkway, south of SR 50 (on your left).
Note: Parking fees do apply at some areas.
Can be sundrenched at times
With a toll road paralleling this trail on the east side, the mornings and early afternoons will be in the sun for the most part. I found this trail well maintained and a pleasant ride. There are some long stretches between road crossing. The northern ...
This trail was well maintained, and had plenty of benches and water. Would ride again.
Good Florida experience
I started at the southern terminus in Lutz and went north about 10 miles. Mostly flat as is a lot of this section of Florida, paved everywhere I went. You have several opportunities to go "inland" away from the actual Parkway and get away from the traffic. ...