Beautiful Don Pedro Island State Park is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along Florida's Gulf Coast. Between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Boaters can tie up at the dock on the mangrove-lined bay side of the island. Access the dock via the channel south of the Cape Haze power line crossing, but be sure to idle, as the channel is only 2.5 feet deep. Keep your eyes peeled for endangered species such as West Indian manatees, gopher tortoises, bald eagles and American oystercatchers. With one mile of white sand beach, enjoy sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling and shelling on Don Pedros Gulf side. Boat and surf fishing are other favorite pastimes of visitors to the 230-acre park. Hikers and nature lovers can explore trails of the Park's land base portion on the Cape Haze Peninsula. The 100-acre land base also offers a fishing dock, nature trails and a picnic shelter. Grande Tours, in Placida, offers ferry service to Don Pedro on certain days of the week.
This is Rails to Trails project. If you access the trail at Pioneer Trail Park and ride to the end about 6.8 miles, you can continue your ride if you like by following the hard packed sand shell road a short distance to CR771 and go right. CR771 becomes CR775 in about a 1/2 miles or so. You'll then come to the Boca Grande Causeway on you left. Take the Causeway onto Boca Grande. There is a $2.00 toll for bikes $5.00 for cars. The Causeway is narrow as it was not designed to include foot or bike traffic but the speed limit is kept very low for safety. The ride to the park at the end of Boca Grande from the entrance of the Causeway is about 10 miles with paved pathways all the way. Total trip from Pioneer Park to Boca Grande Lighthouse and back is about 32 miles.