- Find a Trail
- My TrailLink
- Explore Trails
- About Us
- Get Involved
Find the top rated cross country skiing trails in Venice, whether you're looking for an easy short cross country skiing trail or a long cross country skiing trail, you'll find what you're looking for. Click on a cross country skiing trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.
This beats the Legacy Trail to pieces! It’s got several bridges, but the scenery is much better than Legacy. Also St. Pete is a much better end than Venice (although Venice is very nice!)
On one hand (like many on here have said) if you enjoy a limited brief ride through the various towns, it is really awesome. Great scenery through the various towns and you could stop for some refreshments and such at many points.
However... if, like me, you want to get on a trail and just really ride and get some miles in, this isn't for you. I saw that it was a 50 mile ride and I was looking forward to a nice long 4 hour ride where i can maintain a certain speed and such. That doesn't happen on this trail, you stop over and over and over at every crosswalk. So you can't really get a good consistent ride in. Also at a lot of the crosswalks there is a small dip built into the pavement which I guess is there to remind you to stop. After a few hours of hitting these over and over I busted a tire... so things didn't end well for me.
So... if you like to get out and train and get some serious mileage in, this isn't for you. If you like a leisurely ride and stop and enjoy the communities then this is a perfect ride for you.
The trail is well kept and again very nice scenery.
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.
Best ¿ ¿¿ way to connect with your Spirit. “Conquer anger with non-anger. .
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!!
My wife and I enjoyed the trail fro the waters edge in St Pete……up just past Clearwater in a little town named Dunedin! The trail is first class…..enjoy Urban, industrial , coastal and rural settings!!! A must if you are in the area!! Skip- Michigan
This trail was great. Well maintained, well marked, drivers were alert stopping and letting us through to continue on trail. There were plenty of places to leave trail to purchase drinks or to use restrooms along the way. The only thing we would do differently is start south and ride north we may not have had a headwind¿
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.
TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (a non-profit) and we need your support!