Honeymoon Island Trails is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dunedin, FL that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from November until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Osprey Trail and Pelican Cove Trail are two stacked loops totaling 2.5 miles through virgin Slash Pine Forest on the north peninsular of the Island. The trailhead begins at a picnic area with asphalt parking, restroom facilities, picnic tables, pavillion, and children's playground. Follow the signs into a handicapped accessible trail and look for informational Kiosks along the first mile. The trail traverses through pine flatwoods habitat with many opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing. Look up in the barren tree snags (dead trees) for Osprey nests comprised of large sticks and Spanish mosses. If the nest is active there will almost always be an Osprey on watch perched nearby. Great Horned Owls have been known to nest here in the late winter months while a pair of Bald Eagles have recently made this their home from December through March. Other wildlife such as the endangered gopher tortoise, eastern diamond back rattlesnake, and the exotic armadillo can be seen along the trail. The trail is family friendly and great for beginners as it provides several benches and bail-out trails that allow for smaller loops. At the end of the first leg of the Osprey Trail, there is an option to continue north along the Pelican Cove Trail or turn west to continue along the Osprey Trail. The Osprey Trail traverses across the peninsula and turns back south to complete the loop at the picnic area. Look for warblers in the mangroves forests that provide natural barrier between the trail and the Gulf waters. For a view of Florida's natural beaches, continue along the Pelican Cove trail as the Slash pines habitat give way to cabbage palms, swaying seaoats, bright yellow beach sunflowers, and the purple blooms of the sprawling cross vine. The trail traces the tip of the peninsula before turning back south to re-connect with the Osprey Trail. Take time to sit on beachside benches and enjoy the sounds of the surf. Watch for brown pelicans diving, roseatte spoonbill flying, black skimmers skimming the waters, and flocks of white ibis heading to roost overhead.
Very nice, two eaglets(part of trail was blocked so you didn't disturb them), & great Horned Owlet, along with numerous osprey & a couple of Downey woodpeckers.
Beautiful doesn't begin to describe this place! You have trails, sitting areas, shells all over, and the beach of course! For an extra fee you can even ride a ferry over to another island and have a little more seclusion and some larger sheels to find as well! Very serene in the off season, as for the summer, well, I hope you like busy, lol!
Growing up in the Bay area, Honeymoon Island is a place where I have spent a great deal of time. There is no shortage of scenic views nor a diversity of wildlife. Look around for osprey nests! This is a super easy area to get some good exercise. You can run or walk or canoe around the island.
Great run! Only ran for an hour & saw lots of wildlife. Almost got tripped by an armadillo that ran in front of me & saw a large gopher tortoise crossing the trail too. $4 per car / person & $2 pedestrian entry fee at the main gate. Well worth it for my $!
Walked the Osprey trail today. Very enjoyable except for a long portion of deep sugar sand which was hard on the knees. Many Ospreys as well as gopher tortoise, and armadillos.
Very pretty. Lots of osprey nests. Saw eastern diamond back rattler.
Fun and easy trail to hike!