Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The original section winds through suburban Citrus Park on an unused railroad corridor and extends along the west bank of the Channel A waterway, a newly constructed drainage canal. From the Peterson Park trailhead, the first mile leads through a rural landscape past grazing cattle, sheep, and other livestock. At Ehrlich Road the scene waxes suburban, and interesting local eateries tempt you with their fare. Next, you're transported over busy Gunn Highway on a beautifully constructed pedestrian bridge, a good example of Florida's investment in its local trails. The route then diverts from the original railroad corridor and takes a sharp right onto the recently opened section along the Channel A waterway, lined with native vegetation and beautiful cypress trees. You'll soon cross a lovely wooden bridge over peaceful Rocky Creek. Continue following the west bank to the Waters Avenue trailhead, which offers plenty of parking, restroom facilities, and an information center. This is a good spot to begin a trek or take a break. Beyond, the trail crosses Waters Avenue and parallels Memorial Highway to the westernmost trailhead.

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The Upper Tampa Bay Trail boasts gentle curves and slight grades, which is quite unusual for central Florida bike trails. Hand rails were constructed at most road crossings and pretty wooden bridges provide a good place to stop and enjoy the scenery. Parts of the trail, however, follow an abandoned railroad corridor and are straight but still scenic, with the end of the path traveling through a very rural area.

Quality places to stop for food and refreshment are plentiful along this trail, which is multi-use and also frequented by hikers and roller bladers.

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Trail End Points: Memorial Drive to Peterson Park Road Counties: Hillsborough Trail Length: 8 miles Trail Surfaces: Asphalt Trail Activities: Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates, Mountain Bicycle, Wheelchair



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