Skyway Bridge Trail


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Skyway Bridge Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Pinellas
Length: 3.5 miles
Trail end points: Pinellas Point Drive and Skyway Fishing Pier State Park
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10607736

Skyway Bridge Trail Description

Panoramic views of Tampa Bay: That’s it, that’s the pitch for this recreational path at the southern tip of St. Petersburg. For uninterrupted views of the bay accessible by bike, this trail is hard to beat. The trail extends south from Pinellas Point Drive, paralleling Sunshine Skyway Lane. It then climbs until its alongside I-275, separated by a fence, and you get your first taste of stunning sea views. The paved pathway then diverts from the highway and enters Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. While at intervals, the ocean is screened by thick rows palm trees and other vegetation, the trail opens up again and again to expose the jewel-toned waters of the bay, with freight vessels dotting the water and the iconic curves and cables of the Skyway Bridge in the distance. The trail ends in a parking area and beach access point within the park.

Note that there is an entrance fee for all people entering the Skyway Fishing Pier State Park. Consult the official website for current rates.

Parking and Trail Access

You can park at Maximo Park near the north end of the trail (Pinellas Point Drive S & Sunshine Skyway Lane) and then carefully cross under I-275 and then cross Pinellas Point Drive to the start of the trail.  

Skyway Bridge Trail Reviews

Perfect ride.

Great workout, amazing views!! Easy to get on the trail from Maximo park. Can sit and enjoy the bay at the endpoint rest-stop and refill your water. Trail could use some talc, but we’ll keep this on our list to enjoy again.

Amazing views! great workout

The trail was safe and a beautiful experience! When you get to the top of bridge, the view is breathtaking. Watching the boats pass through and the beautiful water. The breeze feels god and cools you down after a good sweat!

Skyway Trail

It’s a nice trail but needs some tlc! The views are nice and we had the trail all to ourselves.

skyway Trail from Maximo Park

We rode this trail from Maximo Park to the entrance to the fishing pier. Bikes are not allowed to the enter so we turned around. The trail could use some tlc as some of the shrubbery along the trail is growing up & over the trail. There’s also a lot of little debris on the trail from the highway such as pebbles, trash and just grit! It’s noisy but the views are worth it. Not much shade but a nice ride.


great time

Beautiful waterside drive. Parked at maximo Park. Wandered around there a little bit and then hit the trail. Some of the trail , the water is hidden. Conditions were great. Very smooth trail. Enjoy

I only wish it were longer. About 7 miles round trip. We parked at Maximo Park. Be careful crossing underneath 275.

I only wish it were longer. About 7 miles round trip. We parked at Maximo Park. Be careful crossing underneath 275.

Beautiful but noisy

We went during the even to watch the sunset and see the skyway lights. I’ve biked this trail twice in the evening (7-9pm) during the week. If you choose to park at the rest stop just be aware that you will have to bike on the road to get to the trail. That area is quite busy on the weekends with people fishing, kayaking and doing water sports, so we preferred to go when it’s not as HOT and with less traffic. The trail is close to Maximo Park. That’s the closest parking to the trail in the South side or you can park at the rest stop off of I-275. Maximo Park closes at sunset although they seem to keep the gates open later than that. We road from Maximo and a little further than the map indicates and it was almost a 10mile ride round trip. There are 2 bridges and from one of the bridges you can see the skyway. Beautiful scenery as the trail is a long the water half of the way. The only downfall is the trail is right next to I-275 so it can get pretty noisy.

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