Explore the most popular scenic driving trails in Florida with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a must, great drive and you will see lots of wildlife. Do not pass this opportunity if your in the area! You can stop at many places and get out to take photos.

Gator hook trail is in loop road as well. West entrance.

Great to drive and bike, not hike. Lots of history, Al Capone and gangsters. I drive it a couple of times a year. Lots of places to stop and enjoy nature. Plenty of gators and snakes so heads up.


trail running
7 days ago

not much like "trail running" but it's a beautiful paved sidewalk along the water and makes a great run!

Went in January when the mosquitos weren't that bad, nice breeze on a sunny day. There's a few short trails that makes the drive even more interesting, you'll see gators, birds, fish, turtles, and more.

Used the coast bikes app to rent a bike from downtown Tampa and road it along Bayshore! Definitely a nice view and it has inspired me to bike more. This was my first biking trail and it was comfortable the entire way!

Biked the trail from Gulf Breeze cottages and back. Great trip!

It's $1 per adult to walk this trail. It's 4 miles round trip. Half of it is in a service road and the other half is on the main paved road through the refuge (where the cars are). It's a bit of a boring hike (and we are avid hikers). We did see some wading birds, but that's it. Not a great hiking trail. We biked it the first day, hiked it the second. Biking it is much more pleasant than hiking it.

It's ok..:.miles and miles of dirt road

great for wildlife sightings, specially birds and gators

1 month ago

I went after 2 days of heavy raining so there were a lot of very flooded areas. Some places came up almost to my hips and I’m 6’ 4”, not sure how high or if at all the water would come up if you went at a drier time. Part of the east loop was so flooded I couldn’t go back there because I would have been swimming. But I’m sure if it were drier it would have been just as gorgeous as the rest of the hike.

road biking
2 months ago

Une belle randonnée que nous avons effectué en vélo à la tombée du jour. Nous avons vu des oiseaux un crocodile un crabe et un raton.
Il faut penser au chasse moustique à ces heures pour profiter de la balade sans se faire dévorer

3 months ago

Wet. Hot. Wonderful!! Seriously, and be prepared to get your feet wet. Look hard. When I went on the south Florida trail of them. I just couldn’t see the. Markings and turned around. The north side of. It was much better

3 months ago

This is a road where you can walk, run or bike. All flat and well maintained. Easy for anyone to get through. It made for an entertaining morning, but I do prefer unpaved hikes.

The ranger led tour of the plantation is wonderful. The view is gorgeous. So much history.

I don’t think I have a problem

5 months ago

Great walk, highly traveled. Large number of birds. Great for photography.

Its just the side walk in front of the hotels near the beach.

6 months ago

This trail is north of the powerline trail. And it’s always desereteit. If you go in. 7/10 of a mile and then you can go to your left or to your right On a Florida trail piece. I went left. After .3 miles you come to a small bridge, and you want to pay attention because otherwise you’ll be on the big broad Road, and miss the nice narrow path. I continued on about 2 1/2 miles. Then it got wet. Normally that wouldn’t bother me but I was going to have to turn around soon anyway. I love how a trail looks so different when you’re going the opposite direction. There’s a lot of moss on trees. There are sections where palms have been burnt. And I heard either a frog Or a gator. I did not check out which it was. No mosquitoes today to speak of. And there’s always no people on this trail. It look like the one with the bridge swinging Bridge was packed. I’ll come back in the winter to look at that one.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Great ride. I parked a little further down the road and biked to gatorhook trail head and back. I didn't see any other bikers. There were some cars doing the scenic drive so be prepared for some dust. Overall very pleasant with lots a vegetation, birding and Gators.

scenic driving
6 months ago

The drive to key west is beautiful, lots of great ocean view. Beware of the traffic on the weekend; at times it will be bumper to bumper. The 3 hour trip is worth it and at the end of the trail you can actually see the island of Cuba( as long as there is no clouds in the sky).

7 months ago

So I went on the main trail for about a mile. Then I came to the Florida trail and went left; West. It was very nice for 2.8 miles. Went through some soggy land lotta cabbage palms in Oaks. And some very open Palmetto scrub. You could see were fires had come through. Then I took the blue trail because that says it took me to the trailhead. And actually takes you to the road. The main road. I’m not much of a road walker and it was 2 miles back to the car. But it was very nice. Got to see the lake on one side and the swamp on the other side. Next time I will go either East on the Florida trail portion, or dog like Back or the Blue portion starts. It was worth it to do once. Because for a road walk it was pretty darn nice. I heard something crashing through the words; probably a deer. But I was not quick enough to see it. Lotta frogs. Oh and I did see a hawk when I was walking on the road. Maybe heard some alligators to I’m not sure. I was on the Branch house road or something like that. Didn’t see another person. The way I like it!

Great for a morning or evening jog with beautiful views of Tampa Bay. I've run various distances along Bayshore and it's always a pleasant run.

I really enjoy this area ... it is a nice drive through wetlands where you can get some fantastic wildlife photographs. It is a very popular birding trail. There are also areas where you can park and walk or ride a bicycle. The roads are dirt or grassy so you will need a mountain bike for them. Lots of alligators as well, especially towards the second half of the drive.

Another beautiful downtown path right on the water. Perfect for walking/ running/ biking/ roller blading

This is an access road linked to a paved drive. Its great for a flat trail run.

8 months ago

I hiked the trail towards the back. And was totally deserted. Wonderful. When you walk 1 mile down a ancient cabbage palm lined Road, you come to the Florida Trail. Maybe not like the real Florida trail, but I believe it’s a side shoot that they volunteer and maintain. You can go to the left and it says it’s a 3 mile loop back to the trailhead. I did not do that. I went to the right. And you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. Next time I’ll walk even further there is a Bee island it sounded interesting. It was not super hot. And they’re actually no bugs. Yay

Just a long sidewalk but an amazing view

What a piece of history..The story of Kingsley Plantation is an amazing story. If you want to touch history put this destination on your list.

Very nice walk but I prefer trails with no car accessibility. Lots of places to look at water and bird lookout is amazing in the evening!

great little hike, make sure to bring big repellent. and lots of water

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