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Upper Tampa Bay Trail

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Tampa, Florida

Upper Tampa Bay Trail is a 14.3 mile out and back trail located near Tampa, Florida that features a river 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.

Distance: 14.3 miles Elevation Gain: 167 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

partially paved

river

hiking
3 days ago

I love this trail, especially since it's so close to home. I love how you literally bask into nature and the city life is still right there. There's a also a historic train track as well! It's all paved and leads to the Veterans Highway.

mountain biking
25 days ago

1st time on this trail very easy. Came out here to get som good cardio in as most of the mountain bike trails were flooded. Overall descent trail with some shading and benches.

hiking
fee
no shade
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Dangerouse trail. Body snatching humans, plants and rapists.

hiking
1 month ago

Dangerouse trail. Body snatching humans, plants and rapists.

walking
fee
1 month ago

It’s a wide trail and always accommodates large crowds (today’s crowd was medium-sized). Not much shade, but with a breeze is quite comfortable. Flat elevation makes it easy for all ages to enjoy.

road biking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail for a Saturday with the family. Very easy.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice, flat trail with a few scenic spots and a few not so scenic areas. There were several cyclists and walkers but it wasn’t at all crowded. It was well marked but all the signs seemed old and dilapidated. There was a $2 parking fee at the trailhead.

hiking
5 months ago

I parked at the Channel Park Trailhead off of Waters Ave. Very nice park with facilities, lots of parking. I then followed the trail south across Waters all the way down past Alonso HS. It was wonderful walking along the canal! Lots of jumping fish made it fun. Wide paved trail, more suitable for biking & jogging rather than hiking. But I still enjoyed the walk! Oh & there are horse trails too! Very little shade so it was quite hot even in winter. Out & back for a total of 3 miles. Plan to go back & hike north next time!

mountain biking
6 months ago

great 8 mile bike trail. not super crowded

road biking
6 months ago

We’ve been wanting to ride this trail for awhile and this weekend it worked with our schedules. We met our friends at the Upper Tampa Bay Old Memorial Trailhead parking lot which is a small parking lot and a $2 fee and we set out from there. It’s a very nice paved trail that goes by a landfill, ( just keep riding!) runs alongside a canal, passes over/under traffic and runs about 7.5 miles. It’s a multi use trail with walkers, runners, bicyclists & kids on scooters & in strollers. We stopped at the Channel Park trailhead to use the bathrooms which were clean and stocked with tp! There were water fountains there as well. Make sure you take water for a hot day! We would ride this trail again and we’re hoping they get it linked up the the Suncoast trail soon!

road biking
9 months ago

Scenery is so-so. I did however spot a bald eagle flying about 50 feet. from the trail. Only the second time I've spotted one in the wild.

hiking
9 months ago

the worse trial ever, parking lot for 10 cars

hiking
10 months ago

i would recommend this trail for picnic, biking and jogging. Also there is a parking fee $2

road biking
11 months ago

Great trail. Marked very well with lots of other road bikers around as well as joggers/ skaters/ etc. Plenty of shade at different points. Rode the full 14 miles (7 one way & 7 back) so it is true to its listed distance.

hiking
11 months ago

easy ride on a nice paved path. Saw a good size black snake. Follow map carefully. I didn't and got turned around at about 8 miles out. I rode halfway back before I realized it. Lots of shade and rest areas along the way.

road biking
Sat Jun 22 2019

the trail had a detour for a few months to repair some of the pavement and that is clear as of june 22, 2019.

hiking
Sun Jun 16 2019

Plenty of shade, clean trails. Well marked. Saw rangers a few times filling up COLD drinking water coolers. Safe. Nice bird watching.

hiking
Sat Apr 20 2019

We loved it! We saw manatee, jumping fish and birds fishing!!

hiking
Thu Mar 07 2019

Great ride. Great weather.

Sun Dec 02 2018

The “bay” in Upper Tampa Bay trail is a misnomer. Of the 19 miles pedaled today, maybe 4 were near streams, channel or ponds. Starting at Channel Park you encounter a detour, allegedly until January 2019. Thus puts you on the road or sidewalk for 2 miles, breathing exhaust. Many busy intersections to cross with heavy traffic beyond the detour. The good-you are outside, the path is wide, well maintained and shady with little traffic this Sunday. Bike shops for repairs are available, as is cold water, benches and eateries, such ad Ballyhoo. The bad-previously mentioned detour and trail signs which are all with fading print. The ugly- may miles of roadside paths, landfill, construction sites and warehouses.

Sun Nov 18 2018

great trail

running
Sat Nov 03 2018

Beautiful, well maintained, paved. Lots of animals.

Wed Oct 03 2018

Awesome trail, though paved it makes for an excellent hike! There are several parks connected that might call for further checking out.

Sun Sep 30 2018

Perfect for walking, running, skateboarding, cycling. For families, couples or singles. We must go to the County for its maintenance.

road biking
Wed Aug 29 2018

nature trips
Sat Jun 30 2018

Great for hybrid and road bikes and family cycling

running
Thu Jun 07 2018

Great flat paved trail perfect for running, biking, skating, you name it. The views are nothing spectacular but then again it was made mostly for running and cycling.

hiking
Thu Dec 21 2017

we entered through the wilsky access point and traveled north on the trail. it was a nice walk. not lot of opportunity for unpaved hiking and what was available was a little questionable as when you get off the paved trail, there is some trash and liquor bottles. not really sure what you'd find if you went much further into the woods. on the trail was ok. wherever we go, we hope for very little traffic as we have a very nervous dog that is not able to enjoy the day with too much going on around him. Here, there was a LOT of bike riders that don't think twice about passing by as close as they can get even though they see us walk as far as we can off the trail to allow a wide berth. it was somewhat stressful at times for our pup. We are still on the lookout for a more secluded off road nature hiking experience.

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