Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum

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.

Trail Length:

This loop is only 13 miles.

The Trail:

The trail is relatively flat and the road shoulders are in relatively decent shape.

Luckily, most residents of downtown St. Petersburg are used to sharing the road with cyclists.  The road markings are rather old and do need a make over but generally stay to the right and you will be fine.

Facilities:

  • The North Shore Pool has facilities.
  • There are facilities to the east of the Tennis Courts in North Shore Park.

The Cons:

  • The length of the trail; too short.
  • Some of the shoulders near the start of the route are extremely narrow.
  • The bike lane disappears at bridge crossings.

The Pros:

  • Gizella Kopsick Palm Arboretum – adjacent to the North Shore Pool Parking Lot.  Worth a stroll through the small park.
  • The view as you ride along Coffey Pot Boulevard.
  • The homes along the route through Snell Isle.

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