North Bay Trail

Florida

North Bay Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Pinellas
Length: 6.3 miles
Trail end points: Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail/Demens Landing Park at 1st Ave. SE and Bayshore Dr. NE and Riviera Bay Park at 81st Ave. NE and Macoma Dr. NE (St. Petersburg)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7203547
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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North Bay Trail Description

The North Bay Trail begins in downtown St. Petersburg with an easy connection to the scenic 42-mile 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, where the trail ends.

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)

Parking and Trail Access

Parking lots can be found in many of the parks adjascent to the trail, including Demens Landing Park, just east of the trail's southern endpoint, and Flora Wylie Park.

North Bay Trail Reviews

side walk not a bike trail....

Started at the north end in Rio Vista Park - literally a hidden gem - almost impossible to find! Coffee Pot Bayou is approximately the halfway point and a beautiful spot to stop and get a drink of water or top off your water bottle. Turned around at Vinoy Park and headed back. Trail was very smooth. Great for people watching or house dreaming ( million dollar homes ). Mid-day Friday there were very few others on this beautiful trail. Round trip just over 12 miles.

This should not be on here as a trail. It is barely a 10' side walk. People walking here a very inconsiderate and rude. Many people walking dogs on a long leash. I spent more time dodgeing pedestrians and dogs than enjoying my ride.

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great place to watch the sunrise and see a few dolphin,manatee or rays.I've been walking and biking this trail since 1990! I love it!

first time walking the trail with my puppy for the coffee pot park and it was very nice, we loved it.

Although a bit short, a very nice casual ride along the scenic waterfront of St Pete.

Thanks to this app, we located this trail not far from where we were vacationing. We parked at Demons Landing and picked up the trail from there. It's a little bumpy over some of the cross walks but well worth a few rumbles to be skating along the water. Great views, a nice breeze and we will definitely come back.

First few miles of the trail are on a wide sidewalk with a yellow line down the middle. This part of the trail follows 1st street towards downtown St. Pete. This part of the trail was really nondescript. Reminded me of riding in the streets when I was a kid.
Thankfully, you hit a park on the left which leads into another sidewalk trail which follows the water side all the way into St. Pete. This part of the ride is great, as you get beautiful neighborhoods and docks leading you to the Pier in St. Pete.

From downtown there are clearly marked City Trail signs which direct you to places all around St.Pete. Nice thing is that there are a couple of streets with outside service so you can dine with your bike next to you.We stopped at Crowley and had some nice drafts and appetizers. Made for a nice day trip.

My wife and I rode this trail back in August. It was very nice. The trail for the most part runs down the sea wall for Tampa bay in St Pete. Even though it is a short trail it is still a must do. just for the scenery alone.

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