Starkey Park Loop Trail

EASY 66 reviews

Starkey Park Loop Trail is a 9.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New Port Richey, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9.7 miles
95 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers



7 days ago

Hiked to camp site 3. Well marked but map does not explain blazes

13 days ago

Really easy loop-ish trail. Haha, the markers arent super helpful, but it's hard to get lost here. Nice views and very quiet despite being surrounding by homes and being in town.

Great place to bring your dogs, ride horses, or just escape for a couple hours

26 days ago

Great hike. There were a few places where the trail was flooded but most of the trail was dry. Bring sunscreen, bug spray and wear waterproof hiking boots.

4 months ago

Great local trail. Downloaded the GPS and had no problems following the 9.7 mile trail.

6 months ago

Wonderful place to find gopher tortoise walking about.

Great ride into nature but the path could be a touch smoother.

8 months ago

My favorite trail in Pasco County so far. Tons of trails you can take the paved bike trail, which is for PEDs and bikes, and is a straight a hot to Suncoast trail. Or you can take the nature trails depending on what makes you comfortable the hiking trail loops have a 1.9 loop and a 3mile loop and has plenty of signs. There's an equestrian trail, corrals, and a campground for those who have never been. also a small nature trail near a playground for the kids. pretty decent walk can be there for hours.

9 months ago

Saw turtle. Dog wanted to mark turtle. Saw hawk. Great hike.

10 months ago

First time out. Once I found the main hiking trail, it was nice hike. Planning on coming back with my bike to explore more.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Great easy trails. Suggest you download trail maps from the SWAMP maps provided on the website. A lot of fun and very well maintained.

11 months ago

The maps are awful and inaccurate and didn’t even match each other! We were so disappointed in this park. The nature is pretty but we won’t be back.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

Pretty park in the middle of suburbia but hiking trails were poorly marked - another person and myself both lost the easiest trail and ended up on a bike path. The sign posts are knocked down and leaning against trees in a random manner.
Hint: Procur a map from main kiosk, it will help a lot!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

My dog and I had a great hike today in Starkey Wilderness Park. Walked a little over 7 miles and enjoyed every mile.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Great trail for family hike!

mountain biking
Friday, July 07, 2017

They added some new trails, to include Twisted Pine and Deliverance, on the south side of the paved trail. These are very nice trails, flow, and are usually high and dry. As opposed to the northern trails, which don't flow as well and are frequently muddy.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail my first time here but got terribly lost. real dense woods. Lots of holes and roots on trail.

road biking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Peaceful and great views for picture taking!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

All I want to do is the actual 10 mile, Starkey Loop that's on all the maps. So far, both times, the trails have been either gone, poorly marked, or not marked at all. Beautiful hike though.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Went two days in a row with my 10yr old son. This is the first we've tried hiking and we're hooked! Thank you Starkey Park. You're now on our belt notch as completed mark trails. We'll definitely come back to explore a little off trail sooner then later.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

This is an excellent hike. I live nearby and I hike it all the time with my dog. The map however is no longer accurate. If you are on the northern section, returning from east to west, the dashed line in the middle (currently shows the number 5 in red below the track) is the actual trail. The sharp right turn shown may have been a trail at one time but it is no longer there. I tried to trace it but it petered out within 100 meters. This means that the easternmost section of the trail actually a lollipop, bringing you back to have to walk at least a short section that you have already been on. If you are at the junction that is the western end of dashed line connecting trail (which "should" be a solid red line) there is another junction about 215 meters to the west that is clearly marked as on the "3 Mile Loop". Go north on this and it will take you back to the northern section of the trail. The good news is that, when you come to where the false turn is, the trail is clearly marked. Just follow the orange blazes and the sign that says "Hiking Trail". I hope this hasn't confused anyone.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I live in area, so use this trail a lot. Most hiking I do is out West and my 4 star rating is very relative to the area. This is a really nice paved trail for cyclists, walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, etc. This park goes through the sandy palmetto woods in this part of Florida. I saw probably 20 gophers today and have seen snakes a few times on the trail. It's a great trail for cyclists but okay for hiking, just extremely hot from May to November.

Monday, October 28, 2013

easy open trails. I ran the hiking area so the lose sand it tough if your not used to it

Sunday, December 30, 2012

popular and at times crowded for hiking . . . . not much in the way of solitude

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Love this park and have been here often. It is pretty hot here right now and very wet. My daughter and I did not do the entire trip mentioned in the description but we did have a nice 8 mile hike together.

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