Honeymoon Island: Osprey and Pelican Trail

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Honeymoon Island: Osprey and Pelican Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately 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.

2.5 miles
3 feet

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers



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.

Honeymoon Island Dog Beach Hike 1.9 mile 2-14-19

6 days ago

This trail is great to see a variety of birds doing bird things. Ospreys eating fish, hovering vultures and many different yard birds. Regular sightings of gopher tortoises and an occasional armadillo. Brush up on your animal track identification skills. There are many, many different feet prints.

1 month ago

I was dropped off at the pay booth and took the hike today then walked all the way back down the causeway to the main road. My highlight was videoing an armadillo rooting around in the weeds. Bring bug spray. Even with the bug spray, when I stopped to take a photo, they caught up to me. But they are part of the ecosystem as well. It's their home that I was visiting!

2 months ago

Nice hike and trail for Florida. It will take you out to the tip of honeymoon island to a little beach area- really easy hike. It is also a great bird watching trail. The only cons of this hike is that the mosquitos can be really bad and hence annoying. The bites didn’t show until the next day and they will bite through your clothes. Also, if it rains- the trail can get muddy. If you find yourself in this situation, I would go to the park area and head to the beach to walk along there instead.

paddle sports
7 months ago

Love this beach and the preserve. Nice to kayak off the causeway as well. Great place for sunsets.

9 months ago

Incredibly beautiful! Saw 3 turtles, huge bird on a branch watching everything. Probably an Osprey. Saw another huge bird fly over carrying an 8” fish! Must have been an Uber bird, or an Eagle. Very well marked, plenty of benches, great hike!

10 months ago

Have been here multiple times. I do nature photography and have yet to be disappointed. It's definitely worth the entrance fee and time.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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.

Friday, December 01, 2017

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!

Friday, November 17, 2017

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!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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

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.

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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Very nice, two eaglets(part of trail was blocked so you didn't disturb them), & great Horned Owlet, along with numerous osprey & a couple of Downey woodpeckers.

mountain biking
Sunday, March 15, 2015

Beautiful scenery.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Beautiful doesn't begin to describe this place! You have trails, sitting areas, shells all over, and the beach of course! For an extra fee you can even ride a ferry over to another island and have a little more seclusion and some larger sheels to find as well! Very serene in the off season, as for the summer, well, I hope you like busy, lol!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Growing up in the Bay area, Honeymoon Island is a place where I have spent a great deal of time. There is no shortage of scenic views nor a diversity of wildlife. Look around for osprey nests! This is a super easy area to get some good exercise. You can run or walk or canoe around the island.

Have fun!

trail running
Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Great run! Only ran for an hour & saw lots of wildlife. Almost got tripped by an armadillo that ran in front of me & saw a large gopher tortoise crossing the trail too. $4 per car / person & $2 pedestrian entry fee at the main gate. Well worth it for my $!

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Walked the Osprey trail today. Very enjoyable except for a long portion of deep sugar sand which was hard on the knees. Many Ospreys as well as gopher tortoise, and armadillos.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Very pretty. Lots of osprey nests. Saw eastern diamond back rattler.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Fun and easy trail to hike!

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