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Pine Island Bike Path, also known as the Stringfellow Trail for the road it parallels, spans the length of the island on Florida's southwest coast. It begins in St. James City, a residential waterfront community at the island's southern tip.
On its way north, the concrete path passes near the Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve, worth a side trip with hiking trails throughout to explore forests, marshes, and tidal swampland. Further north, Phillips Park lies just west of the trail along Sesame Drive on the opposite side of Stringfellow Road. It offers recreational amenities, such as a playground, athletic facilities, and picnic tables. The trail ends in Bokeelia, on the rural north end of the island, where you'll pass fruit tree orchards and groves of palm trees.
Parking is available at Phillips Park (5675 Sesame Drive) in Pine Island Center on the north end of the trail.
This is A SLOG! Sidewalk along a two lane highway, 50 mph traffic. Few houses. No businesses. No shade no interest. Avoid it if you can.
My husband and I did part of this trail today (him on a mountain bike and pulling my daughter's trailer and me on a cruiser bike). We started at the Winn Dixie and went south for about 5 miles and then turned around and did 6 miles back up past the Winn Dixie to the dairy queen for a treat. While it is true there wasn't as much to look at (the nature preserve appears to be a big field), there is a nice shady section, and one of the feed stores has chickens right next to the fence that my daughter enjoyed watching. And, of course, you can't go wrong with ice cream at the end. The trail is nice and flat and wide, and we had a pretty smooth ride overall. I like that the trail is separated from the road...no distracted drivers drifting over to hit us.
Although the bike path itself was well maintained, we were disappointed that it did not run along the shoreline or through the nature trails. A very busy riad for a Tuesday so you didn't get the nature Effect from the ride.
We rode numerous times between St. James City and Winn Dixie and had a great time. The path is separated from the roadway by a fair amount and is very easy to ride. We rode mountain bikes which are a bit heavy and slower with the knobies.
We started the ride at Phillips park midway on the path
This is a straight concrete path uncrowded
Easy ride along trees and grass lawns
The restaurant at the end faces a beautiful bay
Rode the "best" end of the trail from Pine Island Center, the Winn Dixie parking lot to Bokeelia and return (about 16 miles round trip). Close proximity to the highway which it shares near Bokeelia, makes it a noisy, and pretty unappealing ride. Pretty much straight and lacking shade most of the rude. Would not ride it again.
We started at the Winn-Dixie at about the midpoint, and went south to St. James City. Lots of pubs on the water in the fishing village of St. James City. Then we turned and headed north to Bookeelia. So many paths in Florida are just a ride for miles through palmettos. But this one has a variety of scenery since much of the island is plant nurseries and fishing villages. The path is wide and although there is traffic on the main road nearby, there is not much cross traffic. It makes for an enjoyable 30-mile day ride. Kudos to the people of Pine Island for putting in this recreational trail.
This really shouldn't be called on bike trail. It is a very bumpy sidewalk that runs the length of the island. The best bike for this excursion would be a mountain bike with fat tires. This is definitely not a place to ride a road bike unless you want your fillings knocked out. The trail is generally pleasant running past many nurseries and has a feel of old Florida.
I travel on this path at least 3 times a week.
It is a nice pathway. Not much shade. Flat and well maintained. A lot of places to eat but no rest areas to speak of. This path runs the full length of the Island and is quite loud with traffic a few feet away. A great work out. Everyone you meet are friendly. If you are looking to see wild life, forget it. Over all this is a very nice path to explore.
My wife and I rode the Pine Island Bike Path (Stringfellow Trail) today. Basically the "Trail" is a sidewalk that parallels Stringfellow Road from the towns of Bokeelia and St. James City. Only parking we could find was at the Winn Dixie grocery store located approx midway on the trail. Riding south (from the Winn-Dixie) towards St James City we found the ride to be quite uncomfortable due to problems with the expansion joints on the sidewalk, prepare for several miles of bumpy ride. Not much scenery on the southbound portion of this "trail" other than open pastures and some residential areas. Maybe a good jogging "trail".
The northbound portion (from the Winn-Dixie) was much more comfortable as the sidewalk did not have the sidewalk expansion joint problems, not bumpy. Endless numbers of palm tree farms can be observed on this portion of the trail ending at the north coast of the island. The northbound portion was very enjoyable but would pass on the southbound portion due to the condition of the sidewalk.
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