Weaver Park to Clearwater Beach – Dunedin, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach – Pinellas County, Florida

Before You Go:

There is no shade along this trail so wear sunscreen.  You can burn even in the winter months on a clear Florida day.

Getting There:

I began my ride at Weaver Park in Dunedin.  From U.S. Highway 19 (approaching from the north or south), head west on Main street (County Road 580) toward the Gulf of Mexico.  Around Bass Boulevard, Main Street will branch off and head toward the south and west.  Stay on County Road 580 which becomes Skinner Boulevard.  Where Skinner Boulevard intersects Broadway (County Road 595/Alternate Highway 19), head north on Broadway.  Weaver Park will be on your left – there is parking on either side of Alt. 19.

Trail Length

15.88 Miles – From Weaver Park parking on the west side of Alternate Highway 19 south through Dunedin through north Clearwater.  Through downtown Clearwater to the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge.  Out to Clearwater Beach and heading back to the point of origin.

The Trail

Check out the links and gallery pictures below.

If you like being near the water, you will love this ride. It starts at JC Weaver Park just north of downtown Dunedin. You head south to the Dunedin Marina with its fine views of Old Clearwater Bay. Continuing south, you will meander between the shores of Old Clearwater Bay to your west and Edgewater Drive to your east.

Once you cross the bridge at the southern terminus of the Edgewater Trail, Edgewater Drive becomes North Fort Harrison Avenue and you have entered the city of Clearwater. Continue south along Fort Harrison (you will be sharing the roadway with automobiles) and head west on Seminole Street. If you want to make a small detour, there is a marina in the process of being renovated at the western end of Seminole Street.

Head south on North Osceola Avenue, west on Jones Street and then south where Osceola Avenue picks up again. From there, head west on Drew Street which curves to the south to follow the waterfront. There is a trail that runs parallel to Drew Street and crosses under the Clearwater Memorial Causeway bridge.

You will see a spiral ramp that leads up to the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. A pedestrian/bike trail parallels the bridge on both sides. I would suggest the side connected to the spiral ramp. At certain times of year (spring break comes to mind), it is almost impossible to cross the Causeway. So, the spiral ramp keeps you from the headache of later having to cross congested Clearwater Memorial Causeway.

Be sure to stop at the top of the bridge to see the fine views of the intercoastal and downtown Clearwater. It is an easy ride out to Clearwater Beach from the top of the Causeway Bridge. There are plenty of things to see and do in Clearwater Beach. Check out the link below for more information.

Facilities:

  • There are facilities at Edgewater Park which fronts along the Dunedin Marina

The Cons:

  • This route features sections where there is no designated trail.  You will be sharing the road with other vehicles.
  • If you aren’t in the greatest shape, the climb up the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge could be taxing.
  • The congestion of foot traffic and, traffic in general, around Clearwater Beach.

The Pros:

  • The scenery.
  • The Dunedin Marina.
  • If you are in good shape, the climb up the Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge. 🙂
  • The Clearwater Memorial Causeway Bridge – my love for bridges continues!

Links:

Clearwater Trail Map – Western Section
Dunedin
Clearwater – Coachman Park
Clearwater – Clearwater Beach
 

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Happy Trails ~ John

Pinellas Trail Mile Marker 17.5 to 28 – Belleair, Clearwater, Dunedin, Palm Harbor, Pinellas County, Florida

Before You Go:

Except for the Dunedin Trailhead, there are no designated facilities along this section of the trail.  There are, however, some stores adjacent to the trail as you travel through Clearwater.  As always, I advocate a good pair of biking gloves to relieve palm pressure and a helmet whenever venturing out on your bicycle.  Whenever traveling outdoors in Florida for any lenght of time, it is a good idea to wear sunscreen.

Getting There:

Since I rode this on the weekend, I parked at an office complex just off Alternate 19 near the Belleaire Golf Course & Country Club.  Zoom  in on the map below to find your best starting point and to get your bearings.

Trail Length

20.1 miles according to the GPX file that marks the route on the map.  I believe I mismarked the turnaround point – the length should be 21 miles.

The Trail

Facilities:

  • The Dunedin Trailhead has water and restrooms along with a wealth of restaurants along Main Street.
  • There is a 7-11 adjacent to the trail just south of downtown Clearwater.
  • At the intersection of the trail and Curlew Road (County Road 586), there is a McDonalds at the northwest side of the intersection and a large shopping plaza just behind the McDonalds.

The Cons:

  • Like the trek to downtown St. Petersburg, there are many street crossings since this is a trail running through the most densely populated county in Florida.
  • The route through downtown Clearwater. At least they did make an improvement by moving the trail off the sidewalks and onto a designated portion of the road.

The Pros:

  • The view of St. Josephs Sound from the overpass at Alternate 19 (just north of the Curlew Road intersection mentioned above).
  • Dunedin – no community seems to have embraced the Pinellas Trail like this picturesque community.
  • A small bridge just before the Stephenson Avenue crossing – you get your first glimpse of the Gulf of Mexico just west of the trail.

The section starting from Dunedin and all points north of there are my absolute favorite part of the trail.  Being such a nice section, it is also a very heavily used part of the trail.  You will encounter a lot of joggers, in-line skaters and fellow cyclists.

As nice as the Dunedian, at north, section of the trail is; I can’t say the same for the section through Clearwater.  Watch some of the road crossing south of downtown.  Some of the gutters are deep “V” shaped and, if you hit them the right way, are fairly bone jarring.  It just is not a pleasant route through downtown.  I truly believe they did the best job they could accommodating the trail.

Always a pleasure riding the Pinellas Trail!

Happy Trails ~ John