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The North Bay Trail begins in downtown St. Petersburg with an easy connection to the scenic 46-mile Fred Marquis 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.
The North Bay Trail is part of the Pinellas Trail Loop, an eventual 75-mile loop running throughout the county. The 22-mile Duke Energy Trail on the east side of the peninsula and the 46-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail form the rest of the loop. The multiuse pathway is paved, smooth and varies from 12-to-15 feet wide depending on the section of trail.
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)
For those driving, parking lots can be found in many of the parks adjacent to the trail, including Demens Landing Park, just east of the trail's southern endpoint, and Flora Wylie Park. View the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.
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