Three area trails offer bicyclists a choice of easy outdoor getaways.
The Safety Harbor area offers numerous opportunities for bicycling enthusiasts to enjoy easy recreational rides filled with scenic beauty and native wildlife. Three outstanding rides can be found on the Ream Wilson Trail, Upper Tampa Bay Trail and the Pinellas Trail. Let’s take a look at each:
The Ream Wilson Trail
The Ream Wilson Trail officially resides in Clearwater, but I like to start at Philippe Park in Safety Harbor, which adds about two more miles of lovely scenery to the 5.5 mile trail. Stretching from the Long Center on Belcher Road to Bayshore Boulevard, Ream Wilson is a wide paved multi-use trail that offers a bit of challenge with an overpass over McMullen Booth Road and some rolling landscape.
This winding path is well worth the effort. You can’t beat its natural beauty, starting with the oak canopy at Philippe Park, skirting beautiful Tampa Bay and then traversing Kapok Park and Cliff Stephens Park. Be sure to meander along the boardwalk at Kapok Park, one of Audubon’s recommended locations in Clearwater for outstanding bird watching. Here you can find a large variety of birds depending on the season including limpkins, blue herons, egrets, red winged blackbirds, ospreys, ibis, anhingas, red shouldered hawks and even a couple of great horned owls.
On weekends, you’ll pass teams of disc golfers tossing Frisbees into steel nets on the disc golf course at Cliff Stephens Park, and you might even catch a Phillies spring training game at the stadium along the trail. Lots to see on this lovely ride, so it’s highly recommended!
Pinellas Trail – Dunedin to Tarpon Springs
The Pinellas Trail is a 34-mile-long paved trail open to bicyclists, joggers and walkers, and in-line skaters. Extending from Tarpon Springs to downtown St. Petersburg, the Pinellas Trail runs the gamut from laid-back and quiet to congested urban sidewalk. For the nicest ride, hop on the segment from downtown Dunedin to Tarpon Springs, a leisurely 12 miles each way.