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Caladesi Island State Park Trail [CLOSED]

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Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island State Park Trail is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dunedin, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching




wild flowers


It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

Walked from the North beach of Clearwater to the sign for Caladesi State Park past the Mangrove Shell Tree. Collected lots of shells and sponges and saw a dolphin too.

4 months ago

Easy access from Clearwater Beach if you're willing to run 3.5 miles prior to arriving. You can either start going north on Mandalay St or walk along the beach. If you run on the street, go until you hit the dead end street, then cross over to the beach using the wooden bridge walkway. Continue north on the beach until you see the State Park sign. Go .05 miles and veer into the boonies where you'll pick up a trail that travels slightly northeast. There is a white beach ball stuck on a branch marking where to turn into the boonies, but I'm not sure that's always there. Once you get into the boonies, you'll run into the state trail after about 1/4 Mile. It was muddy and/or under water in December but worth the travel. I spooked some gorgeous birds, an armadillo, and two very large crabs while running. I only saw one other person the whole time I ran on that end of the island the twelve days I was there.

6 months ago

Bring a lot of bug spray also heavily trafficked

Sun Mar 17 2019

Loved this hike and beach walk. The only reason for not giving it 5 stars is we were unprepared for the Dive-Bombing mosquitoes. Although warned, it was cool and threatening rain, so... our Bad!

Mon Dec 17 2018

Sandy hike. They have wheelchairs with huge wheels you can borrow to take a friend who may not be able to walk. Beautiful beach.

Wed May 09 2018


Sat Mar 03 2018

A very easy hike through the island. Lots of great nature to enjoy. The best part was ending up on the beach! Would have liked to see more Gulf views along the way but overall a truly enjoyable hike good for all ages.

Fri Jan 13 2017

I enjoyed walking along the beach with my dog Candie.Like having your own private beach down by Caladesi no one around.

Wed Jun 25 2014

We just walked from north Clearwater to Caladesi and it wasn't too bad. (We're not extremely active, but generally fit..) We parked in a public lot by Bay Esplanade and Eldorado, and proceeded to walk a few blocks to a public access point on the gulf side of the island near Juniper and Eldorado. We were hesitant because of the lack of information online but it turned out well! The walk was nice in the early morning, and we kayaked through the mangrove trail on Caladesi Island; this was a little disappointing because of the thickness of the trail and the water had some odor from being somewhat stagnant, but overall it was a really fun bit of exercise. Everything was well-marked on Caladesi, and from the beach to kayak rental was only maybe 10 minutes. Hiking, waiting, kayaking (3mi), and hiking back all took roughly 7 hours, but could easily be done in 5 or 6. One last note, if you go early and want to rent kayaks, be prepared to wait as the kayaks are rented out by a company that comes in on the first ferry about 10:30.

Thu Jul 05 2012

This trail goes along the coast of Clearwater Beach straight to Caladesi Island. What is great about it, is that there was barely anyone around and it was even 4th of July. That area of Clearwater Beach is more remote and less touristy. You will see signs that you have entered the state park and you can stop in to the concession stand on the "island". The mosquitoes were bad once you got on the island part, so if you decide to go on the nature trail when you get there, make sure to protect yourself. Very beautiful trail. Brought a hydration pack which I think is very important for this time of the year. Depending on how far you want to walk, we tried finding a place as far down Clearwater beach towards Caladesi Island. Was plenty of a walk for us.

Tue Jan 11 2011

Once you get to Caladesi Island, make sure to hike the 2.5 mile loop on the island. To get to Caladesi Island, you can either take a ferry (for a fee) from Honeymoon Island or walk (about two miles one way-no charge!) from Clearwater Beach. (Caladesi Island was once an true island; now a narrow neck connects it with Clearwater Beach.) You can enter the trail either from near the ranger station on the north side (if you take the ferry) or from the beach if you walk from Clearwater Beach. The trail is wide, flat, easy to follow and a very pleasant hike. Check out the historical site with information about a family who lived on the island in the mid-20th century. Also be sure to simply stop and sit on one of the occasional benches on the trail and listen to nothing but the wind and birds, a rare experience in Florida's most congested county. Go to for a map of the trail.

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