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Suncoast Parkway Trail is a 41.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lutz, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 41.3 mi Elevation gain 557 ft Route type Point to Point
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Stroller friendly Hiking Road biking Walking Running Paved No shade
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Easy - Moderate - Difficult: The trail itself is easy to ride, while completing 40 miles in one day requires a moderate level of fitness and completing an 80-mile round trip in one day requires an advanced level of fitness. The Suncoast Trail is officially designated as part of Floridas Statewide Greenways and Trails System. Opened in 2001, this non-motorized paved trail was developed as part of the Suncoast Parkway. Paralleling the parkway, the trail begins in northern Hillsborough County and proceeds north through Pasco and Hernando counties, traversing suburban, agricultural and natural areas. Throughout the trail, rest/interpretive areas illustrate historical significance, emphasize transitions between ecological communities and identify native species. Among the trails highlights is the segment adjacent to the Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve. This section crosses various rivers and creeks, including the Anclote and Pithlachascotee, and provides views of beautiful natural communities. The Suncoast Trail will eventually serve as a key regional connector, linking to other projects such as the Good Neighbor Trail, the Upper Tampa Bay Trail and the Pinellas Trail.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Office of Greenways and Trails

Lutz Lake Fern Road (southern terminus of trail) From Tampa, take Dale Mabry Highway (CR 597) north to Lutz Lake Fern Road. Take a left (heading west) and continue for approximately 3 miles until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead is on the right. State Road 54 (2.45 miles from southern terminus of trail) From Interstate 75, take Exit 58 to State Road 54. Head east (toward New Port Richey/Land O Lakes) on SR 54 until you pass under the Suncoast Parkway. Trailhead entrance is on the right beyond the overpass. From New Port Richey, head east on State Road 54. Look for trailhead entrance on left before passing under Suncoast Parkway. Crews Lake Park (15.86 miles from southern terminus of trail) From Interstate 75, take Exit 59 (new Exit 285) to State Road 52. Head east on SR 52 (away from San Antonio) until you reach Shady Hills Road. Turn right on Shady Hills Road and proceed north until you reach Leeway Road. The Suncoast Trail can be accessed via a trail within the park. Anderson Snow Regional Park/Sports Complex (22.45 miles from southern terminus of trail) From Brooksville, take US 41 south to County Line Road. Take a right (heading west) on County Line Road and proceed until you pass the Suncoast Parkway. Anderson Snow Road is just past the parkway on right. Take Anderson Snow Road to the park. The Suncoast Trail can be accessed from within the park. State Road 50 (29.6 miles from southern terminus of trail) From Interstate 75, take Exit 61 (new Exit 301) to US 98/SR 50. Head west toward Brooksville. Continue through Brooksville on SR 50 and proceed until you reach the Suncoast Parkway. Look for the trailhead just past the parkway, south of SR 50 (on your left). Northern Terminus Trailhead at US 98 (29.6 miles from southern terminus of trail) From Interstate 75, take Exit 61 (new Exit 301) to US 98/SR 50. Head west toward Brooksville. Continue through Brooksville on SR 50 and proceed until you reach the Suncoast Parkway. Look for the trailhead just past the parkway, south of SR 50 (on your left).

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Wanda Ivette Cruz Gonzalez
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Road biking

Good!!

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Jessica T
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Road biking

Great trail.

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Lindsey Tuttle
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Great for cycling! Despite being close to major roadways, there is lots of wildlife to be seen.

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Kelly S
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Road biking

This is a nicely paved trail that runs along side of the Suncoast Pkwy. There is a fair amount of car traffic but the trail sometimes meanders away from the road which is really nice. In a few places you’ll have to cross some major intersections so use the crosswalks! The trail was busy for a Sunday afternoon with other bicycles, runners, kids on scooters. As a warning to others - some bicyclists don’t announce, “on your left” as they approach you from behind so don’t be startled! I would say that there’s some shade but we were there at 1:24-4:30pm and had the afternoon shade. We started at the Lutz Lake Fern Rd. Trailhead and rode over to the Suncoast trail. Next time we’ll park closer to the Suncoast trail. There’s water at a few stops and restrooms but bring plenty of water. We rode 27 miles and there was water at the 4 places we stopped at. It’s a beautiful trail and we would ride it again.

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Marcos Morales
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Great for bike!

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Courtney Castro
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Hiking

rollar blading your best bet is to go to the tampa bay trail to start. More down by tampa it gets a lot of hills.

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Captain Bob Edwards
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Road biking

Great trail a little noisy from freeway but all in all a good ride. very protected trails.

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Carlos Lozano
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Road biking
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marc matyas
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Great biking trail. Minimal stops/crossroads.

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Darnell Adams
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Awesome trail for running I had my camelback so staying hydrated was no problem.

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Forest Rothchild
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Road biking

over all this is great paved trail. 4.5 miles north of the Lutz Lake parking there is a 13 mile out and back, Starky Trail. I would give this a 5 start rating but the lack of water stations being full is a big disappointment. in the end, if you bring hydration, it is a great pave road bike trail.

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William Flippen
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Road biking
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Have only just started cycling again. I'm recycling????? Began at Lutz Lake Fern Rd. went approximately 8-9 miles up and came back. I will keep coming to this trail starting at different way points.

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Steve Vollmer
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Road biking
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Barry Collins
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Road biking
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Gericault Starczewski
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Hiking
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Steve LaMantia
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Road biking
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Steve LaMantia
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Road biking
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Dani Keirsey
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Road biking
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Steve LaMantia
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Road biking
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Jeff Johnson
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Jose Bonilla
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Merle Sardis
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Hiking
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Laura Peach
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Mark Dahlia
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Bike touring
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Brianna McCormick
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Hiking
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Olga Tucker
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Mountain biking
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Cynthia Wheaton-Hopper
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Road biking
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Haley Zvirblis
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Mountain biking
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Andres Suarez
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Jay Fontanez
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