Lake Seminole Park is a nearby outdoor destination for families in densely urban southern Pinellas County, both accessible and pet-friendly.
Over a dozen covered picnic areas are throughout the park, along with playgrounds and public access to Lake Seminole.
A paved trail offers the option of a one or two mile loop, with benches situated at scenic spots along the way.
Resources for exploring the area
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Length: 2 mile loop
Trailhead: 27.84554, -82.77671
Address: 10015 Park Blvd (74th Ave N) Seminole
Restroom: Yes, in multiple locations
Land manager: Pinellas County
Open 7 am – 8:30 pm. Leashed dogs welcome.
Cyclists permitted. Follow posted speeds.
Restrooms are currently closed Monday – Friday, open weekends and holidays.
From Interstate 275, head west on FL-694 E/Gandy Blvd for 7.1 miles. The park entrance will be on the right.
The loop trails are directional, due to the potential for high traffic and their multi-use nature.
Less than 100 feet from the surrounding parking areas, the beginning of the trail is marked with a sign and a “starting line”.
Take note of the signs that indicate to keep to the right except when passing.
Heading in a clockwise direction, the path first heads north past several benches that border a parking area to the west.
After about a tenth of a mile, the walkway enters the woods.
The path is wide, level, and very accessible by foot or wheel. Shortly after entering the woods, a small pond can be seen to the right.
A swinging bench and covered pavilion are situated next to the water, offering a spot to relax and enjoy the view.
As the trail continues north, the plant life becomes denser and more varied.
Saw palmetto, cabbage palms, Spanish moss draped oaks, and tall pines border the trail on both sides. In some of the wetter areas, swamp lilies spring up from a sea of ferns.
At 0.4 miles, a sign indicates a turn-around point for the one mile loop. A drinking fountain with an attached dog bowl is located nearby.
Continue straight to complete the two mile loop or turn right to head back to the parking area.
The trail winds ever so slightly, lined with a thick carpet of pine needles and ferns.
Just after a half mile from the start, a short boardwalk to the left ends at an observation deck overlooking the lake.
Tracing the boardwalk back to the main trail, turn left to resume the loop. Near the one-mile mark, the landscape becomes sandier and more xeric, with noticeably less vegetation.
The path curves to the east, then back south towards the beginning. Benches sit among bushes and trees covered in grapevines.
Native vegetation quickly becomes thick again, bordered by laurel oaks, dwarf cabbage palms, beautyberry, and red maples.
The trail remains mostly shaded, with benches to rest on throughout.
At 1.7 miles, the pond from the beginning of the hike can be seen to the right.
Continue for another quarter mile, then stay right at a T to complete the loop.
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