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Main and Lakeside Trail Loop is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near St. Petersburg, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.3 miles Elevation Gain: 16 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

wildlife

fee

no dogs

The park is open 9-5, with longer hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer. Please note there is a small admissions fee. Water fountains are available around the park. A paved bike path makes a loop through the park and just inside the park entrance, there is a wild bird aviary . A picnic area is also available for use, outside the park gates.

hiking
5 days ago

This place was so cool! The nature center is currently closed due to COVID, so admission is free at this time. We saw a ton of baby alligators and birds! I will be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Mother’s Day hike was perfect. Some shade, water views and wildlife made for a nice tow hour activity. Look forward to returning with family.

running
fee
3 months ago

3$ Eintritt die sich lohnen. Alligatoren gesehen und tolle Laufwege. Wenig Besucher. Main Trail mit einigen Schlenkern war 8 km.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail . Not too busy. You almost always see gators

hiking
4 months ago

Could give this place TEN stars! Educational and a variety of trails, there's so much to love! I made a little video of my excursion: https://youtu.be/xlPE672X5a0

hiking
5 months ago

great little spot...no dogs allowed. lots of cars in lot but only saw 2 people on trails. $3 do get in. has facilities

hiking
5 months ago

Went late in the day for a quick walk. Highlight was a roseate spoonbill! Heard some Eagles and Hawks. Always a nice walk.

hiking
5 months ago

Good place to hike, jog, or just get away from the city or suburbs and take in nature. There are a couple dull areas among the trails, but much of this park is terrific, especially around the visitor center. The aviary guarantees visitors will come away with some up close looks at a few big birds, while the visitor center has some live snakes. The areas around the lake offer some nice views of St Petersburg as well as a chance to see gators. It’s a place worth supporting and is more than worth the small entry fee.

walking
8 months ago

My favorite trail within an hour. Always can see gators and other wildlife. Has a bird aviary. Very peaceful, you don't feel like you are in the city!

hiking
8 months ago

Stroller accessible, great trail.

running
Sat Apr 06 2019

Great place to run a 5k or practice for one.

nature trips
Sun Aug 05 2018

Took the kids and grandparents on a nature trip with Dave as our guide. Dave was amazing and so knowledgeable about all the fauna and wildlife. I can’t wait to return in the winter and actually hike the trails!

Sat Feb 10 2018

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Sat Jun 10 2017

the trail is nice and long with a bunch of different ways to go through. There are two parts that go out by the water. lots and lots of wildlife.

Mon May 29 2017

Beautiful diversity of plant and animal life. Tram ride was very interesting with Dave, who is a dedicated and knowledgeable volunteer! Very family friendly.

hiking
Fri Dec 02 2016

I enjoyed walking here it is like old Florida.The unique metal sculptures are really neat.It is pretty down by the lake.

road biking
Fri Jul 17 2015

This trail is a local nature preserve. It is a mild trail with only one small hill. It is a great place for young riders to develop bike handling skills. Ice water stands are provided around the preserve. It is a good look at what natural Florida looks like. For some reason they don't advertise you can bring bikes but since I live 4 blocks from the entrance it is a favorite spot for me and my Grandkids. There is also a museum, gift shop and playroom, as well as a playground and picnic areas. It's great for a birthday party or family outing.

hiking
Fri Apr 27 2012

Easy trails that cover pine and scrub lowlands, as well as boardwalks over Lake Maggiore. A gorgeous respite in the middle of St. Pete

hiking
Tue Nov 08 2011

$3 entrance fee

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