Pinellas Loop Trail


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Pinellas Loop Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Pinellas
Length: 68 miles
Trail end points: Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail and North Bay Trail & Duke Energy Trail
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 13091639

Pinellas Loop Trail Description

Whether you are commuting to work and school or going for a family bike ride, this trail has it all. The Pinellas Trail Loop will be a 75-mile loop running throughout the county and is currently composed of the almost 12-mile Duke Energy Trail on the east side of the peninsula, the 6.3-mile North Bay Trail, and the scenic 50-mile Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

As of January 2024, there is a gap in the loop between the north end of the North Bay Trail section near Riviera Bay Park (8131 Macoma Dr NE, St. Petersburg) and the south end of the Duke Energy Trail on Belleair Rd in Clearwater. Known as the "South Gap" this missing section of the trail will be constructed in two phases. A short portion of the trail is already complete—running between 58th Street N along Ulmerton Road to 56th Court N with an underpass under Ulmerton Road. Like the rest of the trail, this segment will have a paved 8- to 12-foot-wide surface and will be ADA compliant. For trail development updates, visit the South Gap Project page on the Pinellas County website.

Looping through the county of Pinellas from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, the trail provides connections to Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena and Gulfport. The route offers a mix of peaceful scenic sections meandering through nature and more community-centered sections that link residential areas, schools, and businesses.

The ADA-compliant multiuse pathway is paved, smooth and varies from 12-to-15 feet wide depending on the section of trail. This continuous multiuse pathway is ideal for recreation, fitness, and commuting to work or school. The trail provides increased connectivity to many county amenities.

There are restrooms and water stations along the route. Please see the map for their locations. Picnic tables and shelter offer scenic spots to stop and enjoy the views—along with a tasty lunch perhaps!

Parking and Trail Access

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus system, trolley service, and East Lake Shuttle provide access to the trail.

For those driving, parking is available at a number of locations along the trail. View the TrailLink map for all options and detailed directions.

Pinellas Loop Trail Reviews

There’s always one…

To the reviewer moaning about e-bikes you should grow up, stop spreading ridiculous ideas about them and get over yourself. E-bikes are a 40 billion dollar industry which is projected to be a near 120 billion industry by 2030. Florida classifies e-bikes exactly as any other bicycle. They’re not electric “motorcycles”. I find that “regular” cyclists seem to be salty for the sheer fact that there’s now just more bikes on the roads and paved trails which because of their self entitlement they believe are theirs alone. Get a grip, get a life and most importantly make love to the idea of e-bikes because you’re only going to see more of them. I’ve seen people, couples and even families put enjoying trails and riding exactly the same as other cyclists. Go out and enjoy the Pinellas Trail. It’s fun and gets you out of the house.

proliferation of e motorcycles on trails

The proliferation of e motorcycles (some still call them e-bikes) on trails (such as Pinellas Trail) is making many of the trails unsafe for pedestrians and bicyclists. There are sections of Pinellas Trail where it is safer to bike on the street then the trail. A Clearwater police officer told me that some of the increase is motorists who have lost their licenses i.e DUI’s are using e-motorcycles to get around. around.Someone

A nice ride on a well maintained system

We started at Weaver Park in north Dunedin and rode north through Palm Harbor and Tarpon Springs. We then headed east to East Lake and the north end of the Duke Energy Trail. We rode south to John Chestnut Sr. Park. Our return trip was the opposite back to Weaver Park for 39 miles total. I know I will return to this trail again. Lots of opportunity to stop at breweries and restaurants.

Well done!

Really enjoyed this ride. Because it is linear we divided it into three rides. Even with several street crossings, these were very well marked for riders and cars, ….and our four wheeled friends very respectful. Great coffee spots near end in St. Petersburg and really nice eateries and bistros in Dunedin area. One of the best rides in Florida!


Not what it seems

At the time of writing - December 2022 - the trail actually runs from downtown St Petersburg on 1st Avenue and 1st Street to just beyond East Lake Road beyond Tarpon Springs. At this point the marked trail ends, but cycle lanes are available albeit on the edge of multi lane roads.  In total about 45 marked miles from St Pete to East Lake Road.  Do not believe any of the other numbers put out there on the web - and no, this is not a 75 mile marked trail today.

From downtown St Pete the trail goes past the stadium, through the warehouse district, St Pete suburbs, through Seminole, Largo, Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and onto Tarpon Springs. Downtown St Pete has well marked (and separated) cycle lanes, Seminole has lots of bridges - and yes, these add quite a lot of effort to the ride.  Water fountains are plentiful along the way at this end of the trail, less so as you head north.  The best bits are through Dunedin with breweries and restaurants on the trail and up on to Tarpon Springs where the trail runs down the center of the street.

The trail can be ridden on road bikes or anything more durable and has a 20 mph speed limit for ebikes.

Do y'all know what a loop is? It's where the beginning and end meet back together. No where in this trail can a person complete a loop.Is there a different kind when it comes to trails?

Do y'all know what a loop is? It's where the beginning and end meet back together. No where in this trail can a person complete a loop.Is there a different kind when it comes to trails?

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