Fort De Soto Park Nature Trail

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Fort De Soto Park Nature Trail is a 1.4 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, and sea kayaking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.4 miles
9 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


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1 day ago

Easy loop nature trail. Well marked and nicely placed wildlife identification signs. Good show of the dynamic ecosystems of coastal zones that rebound quickly after disturbances.

9 months ago

Awsome trail perfect length lots of nature. Looks like Florida many years ago.

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Friday, June 03, 2016

This park is a nice place to spend the day. They have a dog beach and dog park. There is a nice trail for walking or biking. I also like this park for kayaking and paddle boarding. The trail is mostly in the sun but there are plenty of places to hide from the sun.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Great park for all activities. I used to fish there for snook, redfish, and trout. Kayaking, biking, camping is also great here.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Beautiful and would love to go again. Very flat and easy for all levels.

Monday, July 14, 2014

this is a great Trail I enjoyed it alot many beaches a lot of places to relax the views are great it with company you could have a great time I would really recommend this part her people to enjoy

Friday, February 08, 2013

Good trail. Multiple small beaches along the trail and it leads to a very big beach that is not very busy for Florida.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nice trail. It could be better but my friends like it. Watch out for gators just kidding.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Voted best beach in the US in 2005, Ft. Desoto is the perfect spot for any outdoor activities. There is now a $5 entrance fee to maintain the park services but for what's offered, it's well worth it. Great for nature photography, kayaking & paddleboarding, bbq's, and with tons of history. A must in the Tampa Bay area.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Perfect for camping and enjoying the beach. I have been to this park more than 3 times camping and plenty more to enjoy the day at the beach

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The best park in middle west florida and my favorite for all around activities including bringing the dogs. If you have dogs and want to go camping, this is a must park. The park in completely pet friendly. There are two enclosed dog parks and a beach dedicated just for them (is the only stretch of beach where you find numerous people and pets).

I have come many times here for canoeing, fishing, camping and the dog beach. Besides, there is opportunity to do many more activities like:

kayaking, sky surfing, hiking, walking, biking, historical trips and so on

Friday, March 16, 2012

Not a bad place to trek. The beaches are nice. The fort is neat to walk around. We saw dolphins off the pier.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

its graet for walking and bicking they also have nice baot ramps and good fishing too

road biking
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Excellent place to rollerblade - great side walks and excellent views. Its hot so bring a pack with lots of water and sunscreen. We do the in and out section. Park at the end of the Trail in the northern most parking lot and then blade (or bike) to the end of the walkway (which is about 10+ miles). Be careful of slow walkers and snakes!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I wasn't sure I'd have time for this while my wife finished a conference in Tampa, but I'm glad it worked out. The park takes far less time to enjoy than the drive from Tampa, and it's a little out of the way, but that's the norm for East Coast NPS properties. The trail was just right for a stretch of the legs, and the bonus of getting a little education along with the nature aspect made this part of a great day. An added bonus was finishing up just before the school groups arrived.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Fort De Soto is a gem of Florida. The trail was amazing and any skill level could hike this trail. I did it in flip flops (which I do not suggest). I also visited the Fort, pier and beach while I was there. You could easily make this a whole day activity. There is a .35 cent toll to get on.

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