Before You Go:
Except for the start of this trail at Maximo Park, there is no shade along this course. Bring along sunglasses, sunscreen, a helmet and gloves. And, during the rainy months, keep your eye to the sky since the weather can deteriorate rapidly.
Maximo Park is very near the trail and, currently, there is no charge to park. It is located in southwestern St. Petersburg. If you head south on Interstate 275, it is the last exit before you have to pay the toll. Just follow the signs to the park entrance.
11.3 Miles – from Maximo Park all the way out to the North Skyway Fishing Pier and back. If you ride around Maximo Park, it ends up just sky of 12 miles.
- There are facilities in Maximo Park.
- There are facilities at the North Sunshine Skyway Rest Area (north of the North Skyway Fishing Pier).
- There are really no cons for this ride but, to be picky – it is too short a ride! Though, I’ve read that they’ve built an extension that I hope to ride this weekend (super excited) 🙂
- As you head south along the trail, look for a stand of Australian Pines lining the trail. The roots have grown under the trail and the ride is quite rough through this section.
- The constant whir of traffic as you parallel Interstate 275/U.S. Highway 19.
- Gorgeous views of Tampa Bay.
- The bridges (I love bridges)! The Grand Dame of bridges in Florida – the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. A jeweled neckless that spans the throat of Tampa Bay.
- Diving Pelicans, Comorrants spreading their wings, heron and egrets fishing – the birds throughout this trail are abundant.
This is one of the most beautiful rides in all of Pinellas County. Breath taking views, abundant wildlife and the nice little climb up and over the Dick Misener Bridge. Awesome views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge await the rider on the way south while you can see the distant St. Petersburg skyline on the return trip.
An excellent, albeit, short ride in southern St. Petersburg!
Happy Trails ~ John