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Honeymoon Island: Osprey and Pelican Trail

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Honeymoon Island State Park

Honeymoon Island: Osprey and Pelican Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Dunedin, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 3 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Paddle sports Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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Note: Parts of this trail can be closed due to Eagle nests. Please consult the park's website before visiting. 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. This area also offers a great kayaking spot off of the causeway.

There is an asphalt and handicapped parking at the trail head with a moderately sized picnic area with restroom facilities, water fountains, playground, picnic tables, and grills. Take a drive to the other side of the island to enjoy the Gulf Beaches. Concessions, showers, restroom facilities are all available. Dogs are permitted on the south beach on leashes. Kayaks can be launched from any beach area to paddle around the island. Visit the Nature Center to learn more about the history, shells, marine life, flora and fauna found on the island.

Honeymoon Island State Park #1 Causeway Boulevard Dunedin, FL 34698 (727) 469-5942 State Park fees apply: $4.00 per vehicle with single driver, additional passengers are $2.00 each.

Please note there is an $8 entrance fee per vehicle.

Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the extreme west end of S.R.586, north of Dunedin. From I-75 (north of Tampa): I-75 south to I-275 south towards Tampa. Follow I-275 south to Hillsborough Ave west (SR-580). Take SR 580 west for several miles to Curlew Road (SR-586) fork then left. Continue along SR-586 (Curlew Road) for several miles over the Dunedin Causeway to the Park Entrance. State Park Fees Apply $4.00/vehicle

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Sundar Babu
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Mountain bikingBugsFeeFlooded

This trail is not for biking. Three problems - very loose sand, knee deep water puddle, mosquitoes. you have walk your bike for these sandy areas. I understand there will be water puddles during rain. but two of the many is so deep that my crank got submerged. there is zero warnings that's what made me sad. Even though it is nature trial I will say poor maintainance. mosquitoes all over the trial mostly because of that puddles. Beach & paved trial is good but there are many beaches that's far better than this. only thing I will go here in future is for caladesi island ferry.

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JTW526 User
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Beth Lagasse
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I will go back in the winter. Very wet and buggy today.

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Jocelynne Gabel
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It's pretty, but holy crap there are so many mosquitoes. If you go, bring your spray and just run for it or, better yet, go in the winter when the mosquitoes are gone.

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Eileen Ritter
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Trail is nice but have mosquitoes spray

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Alyssa Pacetti
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The mosquitoes were unbearable. We used an entire can of repellent while on the trail. The trail itself is cute if you go up the right side and turn around at the water. DO NOT do the loop. The second half is walking in sand & grass in the hot sun with no shade and tons of mosquitoes. The picnic area was very nice and the parking lot was great. If you do only the first half of the trail out and back I'd give it 3/5.

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Dimitris Leonidas
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Mountain bikingBugsOff trail

Worst biking of my life. Deep humid jungle, make sure you soak yourself in Deet let alone Off or the mosquitos will carry you away. Trail was sand and unable to bike so you have to walk portions of it and then your fighting mosquitos the entire time. I have over 70 Mosquito bites from one pass and thats with me killing hundreds!!! As a bike trail its horrible because of the sand and you have to walk your bike through and your ankles, arches and back ache. The end of the path leads to a beautiful view but beach is full of shells so hard to walk and enjoy it but be careful of fire ants and all kinds of creepy crawlys. Stick to the causeway and paved vike path in this park!!

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David Mefford
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Cool short trail - saw Osprey, Gopher turtle, snakes, cactuses.

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Miranda Otto
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Great trail! Super hot on pelican with little to no wind, but osprey trail was nice.

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Vermosa Leon
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was really awesome. started with osprey trail which was pretty shaded and went all the way to the point where the water is and omg it was beautiful. then we continued and hit pelican trail not so shaded and it was a little flooded but it was super clear water about 7inches deep not too bad. we took our shoes off and went through it and hit back on the trail where it was dry. HOT BUT WORTH IT. good cardio for sure. :)

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tabitha Robinson
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Beautiful location to get your steps in! Bring sunblock (no shade) and bug spray (no seeums) Best part was jumping in the water after to cool off.

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Amanda Scheibelhut
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Giovanna Valle
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HikingFeeFloodedNo shade
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Giovanna Valle
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Kelly Mitchell
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Amazing trail! We saw so much wildlife, including Armadillos, woodpeckers, Osprey, songbirds, and lizards. Very relaxing trial through a gorgeous lush pine forest with palm trees, mangroves and beautiful vegetation. Highly recommended!

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Randy Couris
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Great trail for a leisure walk. Trail is marked very well. Lots of great birds and other things to see. Halfway through the Osprey Trail it comes out to a beautiful waterway. Benches all around if you wanna just have a little bit of a rest. The pelican Trail is quite Sandy if you need more stability stay to the Osprey Trail.

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John Martin
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Very nice trail, but wear sunblock. There was very little shade.

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Paula Barber
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Chris Bolin
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the reason for so many mosquitoes are when the eagles are nesting we are not allowed to treat for them so it will get bad until sometime in may

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Francois et Isabelle B.
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HikingBugs

Nice trail, but a lot of mosquitoes! Bring a repellent with you! Access to the park is $8.

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