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The trail was built primarily for the many people who use electric golf carts to get around the island. This means that it is smooth and with few road crossings until you reach the Town of Boca Grande. There is little to see on the ride except for the lighthouse and the pretty town, but it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon
The trail is primarily used by the residents who get around the island in their golf carts. For cyclists the trail is flat, straight snd mostly without shade. There are fields and a few tree farms and occasional buildings to look at, but the Gulf or the Inner Coastal cannot be seen. There are lots of intersections in some parts, so watch out for cars and carts.
The Pine Island Bike Trail is not identified on Google maps, thank goodness for TrailLink. But that’s not surprising since the trails primary use is a cart path for the golf carts that many residents use to travel around the island. We parked at the community center on Sesame Road and rode south on the cart path that parallels Stringfellow Road. There are many road intersections as the road is the only north/south artery on the island, fortunately in most cases vehicle drivers were courteous and allowed us to cross in front of them. There really isn’t much to see. The Gulf is out of sight in the west, the inner coastal is out of sight in the east. Fields and palm tree farms and the occasional building and and fumes from vehicles on the road a few feet away.
I love this trail! Just be sure to bring sunscreen. Not much in the way of shade but it’s a great run.
If you like watching airplanes, this takes you behind Page Field in one direction and peaceful ride along the canal the rest of the way.
It's a good warm-up for the Legacy Trail, as well as adding 12 miles to the round trip of the link-up of both.
My wife and I were in Sarasota for only the day ….we rode the new rail/trail from Sarasota to Bee Ridge……very flat and nice stop/go street crossings! Wished we had more time to travel the entire length to Venice!! We’ll be back!!
There's been about a half mile section of this trail closed between Province Park Blvd and Veronica S Shoemaker Blvd for at least three months. It appears as if no work is being done on this section. Anyone know when it will reopen? The trail is short enough as it is...Thanks.
Twice we have made the drive to Pine Island from Port Charlotte to ride this trail, both times going from pain center north to the end of the trail near Bokeelia. And I the surface is very well-maintained and smooth. Some reviews complain that it’s nothing more than a sidewalk, but it is plenty wide and is an outstanding ride if you just want to log 14 miles. There are enough sites of interest along the way such as a couple of palm tree farms and some fruit farms. We took a safe ride over to the Alden golf course and were greeted by extremely pleasant people as we sat and watched golfers and enjoyed a cold drink at on the patio. The little park in pine center has a couple of shaded picnic tables where we’ve eaten our lunch each time. All in all this is not a spectacular ride but it is a very worthwhile ride.
update - Legacy Trail is open to north end from old term point near Macintosh Rd. / Culverhouse Nature Park —- all the way to new terminal point at Fruitville Rd., right past Five-O Donut shop. Excellent paved trail with well functioning traffic control available to enable safe crossings of very very busy main thoroughfares.
Good trail for a simple out and back. Pavement a little rough near the beginning but it gets better. Warning to skaters that the last bridge is very steep.
It was well worth the $6. We rode Feb 17 12 miles had lunch in town. Sat on beach afterwards. Beautiful day Cindy Pennsylvania
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