Clearwater Beach and Clearwater are near the northern end of heavily-populated Pinellas County, so although most of the trails are in urban parks, there are some wide open spaces as you get closer to the northern border of the county. A slender peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, it offers many coastal walks great for birding.
Trails and Parks in Clearwater Beach
- Anclote Key Preserve State Park- A place to play Robinson Crusoe for a day or overnight, Anclote Key Preserve State Park is an offshore gem in the Gulf of Mexico made up of four islands within sight of Tarpon Springs.
- Boca Ciega Millennium Park- With its highlight an observation tower providing you a sweeping view of Boca Ciega Bay, Boca Ciega Millenium Park is a popular family-friendly getaway in Pinellas County
- Caladesi Island State Park- A windswept sentinel off the coast of Dunedin at the edge of Clearwater Harbor, Caladesi Island enthralls visitors with its remoteness, its quiet beaches, its extensive forests and mangrove swamps.
- Caladesi Island Trail- Protecting a windswept shoreline and a variety of habitats on a barrier island, Caladesi Island State Park is one of the gems of the Florida State Parks system
- Eagle Lake Park- In the heart of Pinellas County, Eagle Lake Park is the legacy of the Taylor family, who helped to found Largo. This urban forest is an excellent wildlife watching destination.
- Florida Botanical Gardens- Walk through the garden gates into a wonderland of sensory stimulation. With nearly 180 acres in the heart of Largo, the Florida Botanical Gardens is a place for peaceful immersion.
- Honeymoon Island State Park- An offshore getaway accessible by car, bike, or paddle, Honeymoon Island State Park offers white sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, which keeps it busy on weekends. The northern portion of the island, upland pine forests fringed with mangroves, hosts colonies of ospreys and pelicans nesting.
- James E Grey Preserve- A hidden treasure among a sea of subdivisions in New Port Richey, James E. Grey Preserve hugs the shores of the winding Pithlachascotee River. Among 1.3 miles of trails this 80-acre preserve, an extensive accessible boardwalk follows the river.
- John Chesnut Sr. Park- With its extensive waterfront on Lake Tarpon and Brooker Creek in Oldsmar, John Chesnut Sr. Park has always been a popular natural getaway near Tampa Bay.
- Moccasin Lake Nature Park- Moccasin Lake Nature Park preserves a lush patch of native forest and a stream for the public to enjoy. Centered on a popular nature center which cares for rehabilitated raptors, it's an ideal place to take the kids for a gentle nature adventure.
- Osprey Trail- On this barrier island just north of Clearwater Beach, the Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island State Park offers a close-up look at a rookery of “sea eagles,” the noble osprey
- Pinellas Trail- A paved ribbon stretching the length of Pinellas County from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail provides cyclists with more than 32 miles of low-stress cruising
- The Friends Trail- Looping through pine flatwoods in the middle of suburbia, the Friends Trail at Brooker Creek Preserve offers a 1.8-mile hike in a lush forest.
- Upper Tampa Bay County Park- Three short nature trails - the Eagle Trail, the Otter Trail, and the Bobcat Trail - explore different aspects of Upper Tampa Bay County Park's ecosystems, including the mangrove-lined estuary.