Withlacoochee State Trail – Croom Road Trailhead to Owensboro/Highway 301 Trailhead, Ridge Manor, Trilby – Hernando/Pasco County, Florida

Before You Go:

This is part 4 of a four part coverage of the Withlacoochee State Trail. Click here for Part 3 of the series and Click here for Part 2 of the series. Finally, Click here for the first post in the series.

In some instances, you will be traveling through some very rural areas. A cell phone is always recommended. Also, always inform family and friends of your biking plans and expected return time.
Observe wildlife but please respect their environment and their freedom to live unmolested. Leave nothing but tire tracks.

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Withlacoochee State Trail – Floral City to Mile Marker 10/36 – Floral City, Nobleton, Istachatta – Citrus, Hernando County, Florida

Before You Go:

This is part 3 of a four part coverage of the Withlacoochee State Trail. Click here for Part 2 of the series and Click here for Part 1 of the series

Always remember to be aware of your surroundings. In some instances, you will be traveling through rural areas. A cell phone is always recommended.
Observe wildlife but please respect their environment and their freedom to live unmolested. I will now step down from my soap box. 🙂

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Withlacoochee State Trail – Hernando, Inverness, Floral City – Citrus County, Florida

Before You Go:

This is part 2 of a four part coverage of the Withlacoochee State Trail. Click here for Part 1 of the series.

Always remember to be aware of your surroundings. In some instances, you will be traveling through rural areas. A cell phone is always recommended.
Observe wildlife but please respect their environment and their freedom to live unmolested.

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Withlacoochee State Trail – Gulf Junction Trailhead to Hernando Trailhead – Dunnellon, Citrus Springs, Holder, Hernando – Citrus County, Florida

Before You Go:

If you ride this trail in either the early morning or late afternoon/early evening, you can probably ride without worrying about sunscreen. Around mid-day, as the sun clears the tree line, sunscreen is definitely recommended.

Don’t forget a nice pair of padded gloves and your helmet!

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Suwannee River Greenway – Branford, Suwannee County, Florida

Before You Go:

The western half of the trail is relatively shady and you can probably get by without sunscreen and sunglasses depending on your tolerance for sun. The eastern half of the trail is more shade free.

Water is definitely recommended.
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Pine Island Bike Path – Bokeelia, Flamingo Bay, St. James City – Lee County, Florida

Before You Go:

There is lots of sun and very little shade along this course. Sunglasses and sunscreen are definitely recommended. There are no bathroom facilities or water fountains along the trail so 1) plan well and 2) port in water and any snacks.
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Little Econ Greenway Trail, Orlando, Orange County, Florida

Before You Go:

This is a relatively short trail so, depending upon the time of day your are biking, you can probably get by without sunscreen and sunglasses. If you plan on stopping for any length of time, insect repellent is recommended.
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North Bay Trail including Weedon Island, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Before You Go:

This trail is a mix of paved trail and on-road. Be aware, you will be sharing your ride space with other vehicular traffic during this route. I believe the trail will eventually be extended past its current end at Macoma Drive NE & 83rd Avenue NE. From that point, exercise caution; there is very little shoulder and it is a narrow two lane road once you approach the bridge near Riviera Bay.

As seems to be the case with many of the trails in St. Petersburg, there isn’t much shade along this trail.

A pair of shades, some cycling gloves are needed. If you are biking during the heat of the day, sunscreen is recommended as well as water.
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Island Loop Bike Route, St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida

Before You Go:

This is not a paved trail but, rather, on road with a dedicated bike lane.  You will be sharing the roadway with vehicular traffic.

The trail does not have much in the way of shade so, if doing this trail during the heat of the day, sunscreen, sunglasses and a water bottle or two are strongly recommended.

Getting There:

The starting point for this trail is the North Shore Swimming Pool parking lot in downtown St. Petersburg.  Your best bet is to zoom in on the map below to be your bearings.  Zooming out will give you a bigger picture on how to arrive in downtown St. Petersburg.
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Venetian Waterway Park Trail, Venice – Sarasota County, Florida

 

Before You Go:

There isn’t a lot of shade along this trail so, if biking during the heat of the day, sunglasses and sunscreen should be used.

If you choose to spend any length of time at Caspersen Beach, remember to bring along a bicycle chain and a beach towel! 🙂

Getting There:

From either north or south on Interstate 75, take Exit 193, Jacaranda Boulevard south to Venice Avenue.  Head west on Venice Avenue and exit before the Venice Avenue Bridge.  You will see the Venice Train Depot on your right.  Park in any designated spot.  Alternatively, you can take U.S. Highway 41 either north of south to Venice and head west on Venice Avenue for a short distance. Exiting before the Venice Avenue Bridge.

Trail Length:

The trail length is approximately 22 miles more or less.  There are some side trips you can take that will extend the distance traveled.

The Trail:

The trailbed itself is in fairly good shape. The trail is fairly level and flat.   For those who do not like bridge crossings, simply riding along the east side of the trail can be sufficient if you add in the Legacy Trail (which is the northern end of the trail just north of the Venice Train Depot).

Facilities:

  • There are facilities at the Venice Train Depot trailhead.
  • Facilities can be found at the Shamrock Nature Center.
  • There are facilities at Caspersen Beach Park.

The Cons:

  • Other than the lack of shade, there are really no cons along this trail.

The Pros:

  • The intercoastal waterway.
  • Caspersen Beach Park along the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The various art projects along the length of the trail.

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