Loggerhead Run Bike Path

Florida

Loggerhead Run Bike Path Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Gulf
Length: 7.7 miles
Trail end points: St. Joseph Peninsula State Park and Salinas Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7670217
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Walking

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Loggerhead Run Bike Path Description

Named for the area’s sea turtles, Loggerhead Run Bike Path curves along St. Joseph’s Bay on the peninsula of Cape San Blas in northwestern Florida. On the trail’s northern end, St. Joseph Peninsula State Park offers opportunities to snorkel, swim, fish, and enjoy its white sandy beaches. There are also natural areas well-suited for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Salinas Park, on the trail’s southern end, offers a boardwalk, picnic area, and restrooms.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the north end of the trail at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park (8899 Cape San Blas Road) and the south end of the trail at Salinas Park (240 Cape San Blas Road).

Loggerhead Run Bike Path Reviews

The description for this trail says 7.7 miles, but it actually about 8.7 miles, end to end.

We parked at the Salinas Park which had clean restrooms, and is located across the street from the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department.

We road our Trikkes (see Trikke.com for more info about Trikkes) out to the end of the trail, which is at the entrance to the St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.

The trail runs right next to the road, is about 6 feet wide, and for most of the trail it is marked with center white lines to denote lanes for oncoming cyclists and pedestrians.

The surface is smooth and clean for the majority of the trail. One section, between mile-marker 6 and 7, is lacking enough vegetation between the road and the trail, so that area had several spots that were covered in mud or sand. This is hazardous for those on inline-skates or riding a Trikke.

There is little to no shade, and at parts it felt like we were in a wind tunnel, but overall, it was a nice trail.

If we were there during busier times, and needed to pass pedestrians and there was oncoming traffic, I might have found the trail to be a bit narrow, but today the trail was pretty empty.

Given the number of recent deaths of cyclists and pedestrians, nationwide, due to inattentive driving, adding rumble strips along the edge of the road on the side of the trail, would increase safety.

Overall, I say, "Kudos and thank you to the folks who made this trail happen!"

We rode the entire length from Salinas Park to the state park, about 20 miles round trip. Upon returning to Salinas Park, you have the option of swimming in the Gulf or birding by the bay. The bike trail closely parallels the main road, so it's not a wilderness adventure, but there are numerous parks and beach access on both sides of the road for exploring and the view from the trail is quite nice. Several places along the trail for ice cream or beverages. Not much protection from the sun or wind, if that's a concern for you. Great way to enjoy the Gulf Coast in the Florida panhandle. Lots of vacation rentals along the bike trail, too.

I rarely work with any buyer who doesn’t tell me the bike path is a huge draw for them, and for several it weighed heavily as the deciding factor when they were comparing properties in various coastal markets for investing.  The traffic on it of people of all ages is amazing. Sherri Dodsworth, President of Realtor Association

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“Loggerhead Run is much more than just a safe and enjoyable way to exercise. It is a tangible link for all of us along the Cape. It’s an amenity, yes, but it’s also an attraction, making our Cape a more desirable place to live and visit. As the president of a conservation organization, I can attest to the fact that linking people with nature is a difficult thing to do, especially in our increasingly electronic world. This trail brings people and their natural environment together in an immediate and important way – a way that would be even stronger were we to offer some interpretation of the plants and animals one might see along the trail. I hope the County Commissioners will support our request to maintain and improve Loggerhead Trails as a key component of our community.” Jeff Bonner, President, St. Louis Zoo

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