This is, other than the bridge to nowhere further north, the only section of the Progress Energy Trail. I have read that there is finally some news on extending the trail, there is budgeting for extending the trail to the north in the 2014 budget.
There is no shade along the trail proper. There is shade at the beginning of the trail that is part of the Ream Wilson Trail. Sunscreen and sunglasses are highly recommended during the afternoon hours.
The starting point of this trail is the same point I started on the Ream Wilson Trail. The link to the post is Ream Wilson Trail Recap.
This loop is only 7.18 miles. Five miles of the trail is comprised of the Progress Energy Trail. It is about 1.1 miles from the Long Center to the intersection with the Progress Energy trail.
The trailbed is in decent shape. It is nice that they didn’t make the trail arrow straight but, rather, built some curves into the design.
The trail, being so short, can be turned into a longer ride by adding the Ream Wilson Trail (link is above).
There are facilities at Long Center at the start of the trail.
The length of the trail; too short.
There are some very busy streets to cross. Mainly the crossing at Highway 60. Be careful!
The curves built into the design.
Easy access to the Ream Wilson Trail.
The electrical easement is wide enough that there are opportunities to view minor wildlife along the trail.
The trail is a mix of shaded and open space but is relatively short. If you make this a part of the longer Ream Wilson Trail ride from Long Center to Philippe Park, then you will need sunscreen, sunglasses and the usual helmet and cycling gloves.
The easiest way to get to the Kapok Park Extension is to access it off the Ream Wilson Trail. If that is your plan, here is the link to my Ream Wilson Trail Recap (look for the “Getting There” section).
If you just want to explore this area, the easiest access to the trail is the Glen Oak Avenue Trailhead. From the south, head north on McMullen Booth Road (County Road 611). Turn west onto Terrace View Lane. Terrace View Lane ends at Moss Avenue. Turn north onto Moss Avenue which, in turn, ends at Glen Oak Avenue. Turn west onto Glen Oak Avenue. The street dead ends at the trailhead. Use the map below to zoom in and out to get your bearings.)
1.92 Miles – From the Glen Oak Avenue trailhead out to Stephens Park to the crossing at the main Ream Wilson Trail and back to the Glen Oak Avenue trailhead.
There were no facilities
Nothing of note. The shortness of the trail but that can be remedied by adding this short ride as a sidetrip off the longer main trail (link noted above)
As stated elsewhere, this is a small side trip off the main Ream Wilson Trail. It is worth the stop to take in the beautiful surroundings of this lovely preserved area. From what I’ve read, this used to be home to a mobile home park but the city of Clearwater redeveloped the area as a flood control project. Well done!