Before You Go:
I didn’t notice a lot of shade along the trail so sunscreen and sunglasses are a necessary item. Though I didn’t experience any issues, some of the areas are wetlands so biting insects could be an issue during certain times of the year so, perhaps, insect repellant might be in order.
I rode this trail on the same day that I rode the Boca Grande Bike Path. I would not recommend riding your bike from one trail to the other. The Boca Grande Causeway is not designed for bicycle traffic. The roadbed is very narrow with sandy shoulders for most of its length.
Looking at Google Maps, the most direct route is to the northern most trailhead. Take exit 179 off Interstate 75 (either south or north). Head south on N. Toledo Blade Boulevard. At the intersection with El Jobean Road (County Road 776), head southwest on El Jobean Road. El Jobean Road will become South McCall Road. At the intersection with County Road 771, turn south onto CR 771. The trailhead is about 1,000 feet south of the intersection of S. McCall & CR 771. The trailhead is located on the west side of CR 771.
15.5 Miles – From the Mercer Trailhead (northern terminus) to the boardwalk overlook just north of the Gasparilla Road bridge and back to the Mercer Trailhead.
For more information on the trail itself or the community of Placida and Rotonda West, check out the links and gallery pictures below.
This is a fairly short trail. If you are looking for a flat and fast trail to do a workout, this will fit the bill The trail bed is in excellent shape. There aren’t an excessive amount of road crossings and traffic in the area is relatively light.
- There are facilities at the main Trailhead.
- Very little shade.
- The arrow straight trail may seem dull to some riders.
- The trailbed is in excellent shape.
- The Gasparilla Road Bridge.
- The Coral Creek Bridge and surrounding estuary
- The Placida Bunkhouse at the main trailhead.
Happy Trails ~ John