Beautiful Scenery and birdwatching, you can see everything from ibises to roseate spoonbills in their natural habitat. There is a museum with an ancient canoe dug out of the mud and reassembled for display. The boardwalk is shaded, peaceful and very lightly trafficked.
Haydn H. on Weedon Island Preserve Trail
Beautiful, wow, it feels like you're suddenly in the middle of nowhere and you leave the city behind
This trail was a buggy, muddy mess. After quickly walking it just to say I've been there, I headed over to Gandy Beach which I found more enjoyable. Pets are not permitted in the preserve which might explain why no one was there. Lake Seminole is better in every aspect in my opinion.
When you get through the entrance, go past the Duke Energy sign and park to the left in the designated parking area before the Visitor's Center. Boy Scout loop is a 1 mile loop that ends about 50 feet away from the car. When inside, follow the signs that say "Boy Scout Loop" and "Main Road" and you will do the complete loop. Lookout Point is a down and back which adds about 0.6 miles. If you go out towards Lookout Point and take a right towards the boardwalk, you will be on dirt until you reach the boardwalk, which is a soft composite material that does two loops. Asphalt connects both loops, and will take you back to the Visitor's Center. The entire trail plus all boardwalks and extensions is about 5 miles and brings you back to your car. The terrain is dirt, shady, near the water with limited sunny spots. Keep an eye out for armadillos, gopher tortoises, and snakes.
Once you hop on the boy scout loop, the pavement is exchanged for hard packed sand. A decent, non-technical trail system with reasonable shade and a few special treats (boardwalk that overlooks a beautiful lake, etc). I've been running a 7 mile run on these trails daily. Loving it. And happy to have such a beautiful park in our own back yard!
I really enjoyed this trail. There are actually several trails to choose from and I hiked a total of 4 miles today. There is a great view of Downtown Tampa from lookout point. I would definitely go back again! There is a combination of paved, sand, boardwalk, and even some muddy spots for hiking.
Bob M. on Weedon Island Preserve Trail
I have not done the land hike, but the kayak trail is GRREEAAT! Can be difficult if you catch the tide wrong so plan accordingly, Bug spray essential, sunscreen only on the bay side of the trail. For the extreme fishermen, Big fish abound in the open lagoons, tarpon etc, and thick enough to walk on. Would not advise going alone first time and signage needed upgrading last time I went, but it was a blast with a group. Do bring water and food as it will be an all day event. Shorter rather then longer kayaks make this easy as some of the turns in the mangroves are tight, and if tide is low you will be playing monkey to pull it through. Fishing was fun, swimming cooling, experience fantastic.