The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun - drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the parks concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.

Great mix of hard packed, grass and sand. Once out of the trails the roads and parking lots are wide open. Great place for a running or bike workout and follow it up with some chill time at the beach.

The trail is a pretty easy loop. MAKE SURE YOU BRING BUG SPRAY!! We were warned before hand but didn’t put it on before we set off, literally 30 seconds from the car I was swamped by the critters, I’ve never experienced anything like it!! So after dousing ourselves in spray we set off! Great for wildlife spotting, we saw an armadillo and about 4 tortoises, as well as several ospreys. The end of the loop is blocked off ‘for conservation’, which we didn’t quite get, until we looked and about 100 yards away is a bald eagle nest, which at the time had the pair of eagles in. An epic moment and one that I doubt I will see again in a long time, I would recommend this hike for that alone!

Loved walking here! It was very serene and had tons of vegetation and small animals (mostly birds, frogs, and the like). Make sure to bring bug spray!

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11 months ago

Great trails on north end of island. Osprey are everywhere. Eagles come late fall.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nice, easy trails for all skill levels. Was able to photograph two bald eagles, multiple ospreys, and a great horned owl. Guided tours of the trails are available most weekends. Overall great place for a few hours of hiking and photography.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

A wonderful state park that encompasses most of the island...located just north of Clearwater Beach, but much less crowded. It has a beautiful beach that you can spend a while exploring. You can combine the interior trails for a very nice three mile loop with great views of Pelican Cove and Saint Joseph Sound and lots of wildlife. I saw many osprey and a couple nests, pelicans, gopher tortoise and armadillo. Don't forget the bug spray for the trails.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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