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Best Hiking Trails in Tampa Bay

Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Dr NE, St Petersburg, 33702
Why It’s Awesome: Handicap accessible, this trail loops two miles over saltwater ponds that are usually teeming with fish and birds.  A 45-foot observation tower gives you a great view of the entire preserve, plus the bay and downtown St. Petersburg.

Little Manatee River State Park

215 Lightfoot Rd. Wimauma, 33598
Why It’s Awesome: Winding along the Little Manatee River, these trails travel through varied terrain and several different and rare ecosystems – perfect for a nature lover.

Eureka Springs

6400 Eureka Springs Rd, Tampa 33610
Why It’s Awesome: Established by a botanist, these trails feature several gardens full of local tropical plants and a boardwalk winding throughout.

Taylor Lake Trail

Taylor Lake Pl. Ridgecrest, 33778
Why It’s Awesome: Taylor Lake trail takes you around a beautiful lake that will have you up close and personal to several types of wildlife.

Eagle Lake Park

1800 Keen Rd. Largo, 33771
Why It’s Awesome: Wheelchair accessible and bike friendly, wander the many trails around the park for the day then stop off on your way out for a snack from the roasted corn stand.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

1101 Country Club Way S. St Petersburg, 33705
Why It’s Awesome: The trail is the exact length of a 5K with signs to help you mark your progress. Plus, it boasts a rehabilitation habitat for injured birds that can’t be released back into the wild.

Fort De Soto

3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Tierra Verde, 33715
Why It’s Awesome: Walk or bike one of the many trails, and make sure to explore the cannons and jail cells at the fort, built for use in the Spanish American War. When your done hiking, cool off at one of the parks public beaches.

Lettuce Lake Park
6920 E. Fletcher Ave, Tampa 33637
Why It’s Awesome: A meandering boardwalk takes you to the swamp like edge of Lettuce Lake a great spot to potentially view alligators. Continue on to the observation tower that will give you a bird’s eye view of the entire lake.