Honeymoon Island Trails is a 2.4 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 best used from November until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
Great trails on north end of island. Osprey are everywhere. Eagles come late fall.
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.
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.