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Numerous places to park are available along the way:
- Carpenter Field (651 Old Coachman Road)
- Cliff Stephens Park (600 Fairwood Avenue)
- Del Oro Park (401 McMullen Booth Road)
- Cooper's Bayou Park (709 Bayshore Blvd.)
Really enjoyed this trail and i agree there is definitely inclines along the way
We rode this trail for the first time this weekend we started at the Coachman Disc Golf coarse and rode to the Safety Harbor Marina and back. Great workout Beautiful scenery. I think next time when I take my boys we will do it the other way and when we get back to a little fishing at the marina
We decided today to check out this trail. (We ride a number of the other trails in the Bay area all the time, but have never gotten around to checking this one out...)
We parked in the Safety Harbor Marina lot, which is the North end of the trail. Once the trail heads inland less than a mile south, it takes on a lot of character. Very nice and winding trail through a number of parks, with plenty of shade.
One caveat about this trail that hasn't been mentioned. For a coastal trail, there are a lot of small hills and inclines. We liked it this way as it was a good cardiac workout, but those that like flatlands trails, you may not like it at all.
Starting at the west end at the Long Center on Belcher, this trail goes under US19 and over McMullen Booth Rd. Reaching Bayshore in Safety Harbor, one can ride north to Marina and the Philippe Park or go south to SR60, then east all the way to Tampa.
I ride this trail in the mornings, it is a very pleasant ride. It extends up into Safety Harbor and you can continue throughout the side streets in town then back down thru the trails out over by Brighthouse field.
I've ridden half of this trail many times and just now realized that due to poor signage it extends into Clearwater.
A portion of this trail is part of a series of connectors that links Courtney Campbell Trail to Safety Harbor.
There are a couple narrow bridges that people tend to be fishing off of and this trail crosses some driveways and dead-end residential streets so you definitely need to be riding "heads-up" but it's a nice path.
i don't know how many people know if, but it is now possible to get to the Courtney campbell bike trail from the Ream Wilson without going on a road . The RW ends at Bayshore road in Safety Hsarbor, FL/ . If you take a right the new bike trail brings you right to CC trail. We took a left at first and rode through the funky town of Safety Harbor. We then doubled back and did the CC ride to Cypress Park and back to where we parked up the RM> All told a 40 mile trip. Very scenic, very clean, lots of facilities. The topper was we found a new craft brewery in Safety Harbor called the Crooked Thumb. Very cool. A refurbished garage. Safety Harbor reminds me of some of the funky areas of Seattle but with sunshine!!!!
Having lived in this area for a very long time I must say this trail is one of the best things we have available to us. It's beautiful and offers many conveniences you don't find on most other trails. My only disappointment with this one is how short it is. I usually use it as part of a longer ride, connecting to Bayshore or the like.
Great trail for biking! Miles of paved trail running through parks. We used the Duke Energy trail, starting at Bellair, to connect to the Ream Wilson and took it all the way into downtown Safety Harbor for a couple of beers and games of pool at Copperheads before heading back for a 15 mile round trip. What I love most about this trail is its convenient location with plenty of free parking options along the way, very accessible. Unlike other trails, it doesn't spend much time running alongside streets or winding through uncertain neighborhoods. Passes two great disc golf parks and does a beautiful stretch along the water on Bayshore. Includes an overpass at McMullen Booth and a couple other inclines that add some dimension to the trail. Great time, would recommend it!
This trail was absolutely lovely. We parked at Long Center which made access incredibly easy. The trail is beautiful, roaming through park after park leading up to the bay. I've never knew that Clearwater has this much greenery to offer! At times, I forgot where I was! Can't wait to do it again!
For those worried about safety - i rode it with my husband and two 15 month old twins. At no point did I feel unsafe and would be inclined to do it by myself.
Next time I plan to go early so as to spend some time at the Kapok preserve - it has boardwalks, towers and looks like a few nice walking trails.
I started out from Bayshore and rode through Philipe Park then to Enterprise up 19 towards The Long Center where I connected to The Ream Wilson back to Safety Harbor
A friend put me on to the trail today and I loved it. Starting in a park in Safety Harbor, it winds through urban neighborhoods and parks, and is shady enough,in most parts, for a mid-day ride in the August heat. Lots of twists and small elevation changes keep it interesting and there's plenty of nice scenery along the way as well.
My husband and I really enjoy this trail. It is a very pretty ride with several parks along the way and nice scenery. The curves and hills make it more interesting and fun. We park at the Long Center off of Belcher so we can extend the ride to 5.5 miles one way, ending at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. Although the sign for the trail end is on Bayshore prior to the Spa, the wide sidewalk/trail extends a bit further. So round trip is almost 11 miles; making it a decent length daily ride. It is one of the most peaceful, pretty, and interesting trails in the area. I also like to ride alone sometimes, and I feel very safe on this trail. It is clean and well maintained, so I've not had a problem with glass or anything; although there are certain patches that have sand or leaf debris that need to be cleared; which could trip up a rollerblader. I only have two complaints: About 1/4 mile runs next to the Waste Plant and smells horrible; it's unfortunate that it couldn't have been routed further away from there, but that is the only "ugly" section and takes about 5 minutes to get through. The other complaint is just for those not in the best of shape...the hills. I've biked 40 miles on the Pinellas Trail and not felt as much of a workout as I do round trip on the Ream Wilson. The climbs really beat me up, as most are after a curve, turn, or crossroad, so there is not time to build up momentum. Although Florida may not have major elevation changes, a bunch of small hills can still give one quite a workout! Also, a note of caution; there are some abrupt stops and unexpected turns after descends that require some quick braking. I'd recommend giving this trail a try as it is unlike any of the others in the area, and in my opinion, one of the best short trails around.
Loved the trail, it had plenty of shade and everybody was nice. It did have some ups and downs in places that made it more challenging. Riding by the water was nice, came across an area to put kayaks in. Would definitely recommend!
The Ream Wilson Trail is a gem. Much of the length of the trail travels through parks, so accessing it is easy and it is clearly popular with the locals. It does have elevation changes, although this is Florida, so they are not severe. Access is easy, and at several points. I began in the middle, choosing to park at the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex (and Park and Ride) on Drew and Bayview Avenue, where there is a maintenance road that leads directly to the trail. It is also convenient for getting water and access to public restrooms. Traveling East and North takes you into Safety Harbor. Much of the trail is shaded, and travels along the waterfront. If you choose, you can extend your ride on North Bay Drive, a lightly traveled road which will lead into Philippe Park, and a wonderful view of Safety Harbor. To the West, you travel through Cliff Stevens Park, and on to Long Center. At Old Coachman Road (Bright House Field, Spring Training home of the Philadelphia Phillies), the trail intersects with the Progress Energy Trail, which does exist along this corridor. It travels south as far as Belleaire Road.
This is one of the best trails the I have ridden in Florida, and would have received 5 stars except for two things: signage at cross streets is minimal, and the existence of crossings along the trail (although US 19 is avoided by an underpass, and McMullen Booth Road by an overpass). These distractions, however, are minor inconveniences along a wonderful, if short, ride (4.4 miles).
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