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West Central Florida's Greenways and Trails

Alafia River Canoe TrailPaddlers share the peace and quiet with wading birds and turtles. The Alafia is a fairly swift river, especially for central Florida, and some small shoals are exposed in low water.

Cape Haze Pioneer TrailThis trail, opened in 1999, is built along a segment of the former Charlotte Harbor and Northern Railroad. One of the primary uses of this former rail line was transport of phosphate from Florida’s inland mining district to deep-water ships at Boca Grande.

Estero River Canoe TrailThe trail makes an interesting and easy one-day trip exploring mangrove coves and islands. Wildlife is abundant, including yellow-crowned night heron, anhinga and cormorant.

Gasparilla Island-Boca Grande TrailThis is the first rail trail built in Florida. It runs the length of Gasparilla Island on Florida’s southwest coast through the town of Boca Grande.

General James A Van Fleet Trail State ParkThis rail-trail is one of Florida’s most rural. It runs through the Green Swamp, the headwaters for some of Florida’s most canoed rivers, the Withlacoochee (South), Hillsborough, and Peace.

Hickey Creek Canoe TrailThis trail, with its placid, tannin-stained water, makes a good half-day trip. The subtropical vegetation along the banks is home for wildlife including osprey and heron.

Hillsborough River Canoe TrailThe river begins in southwest Pasco County in the Green Swamp. From the Green Swamp, the River begins as an overflow from the Withlacoochee River, north of US Highway 98.

Little Manatee River Canoe TrailAlong the beautiful Little Manatee River, you will paddle through a variety of habitats including sand pine scrub, willow swampy, and hardwood forest. Look for otter, alligator, and turtles along the trail.

Oscar Scherer State Park Trails
The park is particularly noted for its population of Florida Scrub-Jays, which are a threatened species. Opportunities to camp and canoe also await at Oscar Scherer to complement your trail adventure.

Peace River Canoe TrailThe Peace River, true to its name, is a serene, slow-moving river with few signs of civilization. Whether you paddle for a day or a week, the Peace River’s quiet isolation lets you leave big city worries behind.

Pinellas TrailThe Pinellas Trail is truly one of Florida’s premier urban trails. Stretching from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, the trail links some of Pinellas County’s most picturesque parks, scenic coastal areas and residential neighborhoods.

Pithlachoscotee River Canoe TrailThis short trail is recommended for paddlers with some experience. The tight curves in the narrow upper section require some technical paddling skill.

Suncoast TrailOpened 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.

Upper Manatee River Canoe TrailThis trail makes an ideal half-day trip. Only a few miles from Bradenton, the Upper Manatee River is easily accessible and you can paddle both ways so you don’t have to arrange for pick-up.

Upper Tampa Bay TrailThe Upper Tampa Bay Trail is envisioned as a major north-south paved multi-use, non-motorized trail in northwest Hillsborough County. Four miles of trail are completed between Linebaugh Avenue and Peterson Road Park.

Withlacoochee State Forest - Croom Equestrian TrailsDeclared as one of the "10 Coolest Places in North America" by the World Wildlife Fund, the Withlacoochee State Forest has numerous outdoor recreational opportunities available for everyone.

Withlacoochee State Forest - Croom Hiking TrailsThe hiking trails in this area are dry to damp, all weather trails that wind through central Florida’s longleaf pine and scrub oak hills, live oak thickets and hardwood hammocks, past creek bottoms and cypress ponds. Of particular interest are the area's ravines, prairies and abandoned rock mines.

Withlacoochee State Forest - Croom Motorcycle AreaEstablished in 1973 through the efforts of the Florida Trail Riders and the Department of Agriculture, the Croom Motorcycle Area is the only state property in Florida currently dedicated to the needs of off-highway motorcycle and ATV riders.

Withlacoochee State Forest - Croom Off-Road Bicycle TrailsAmong the recreational amenities that make this state forest so popular are the off-road trails in the Hernando County portion of the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Withlacoochee Trail State ParkAmong the recreational highlights nearby are the unpaved trails in the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest, the Withlacoochee River (South) Canoe Trail, and Fort Cooper State Park. The Withlacoochee Trail will eventually join many other trails in the region, becoming part of the Central Florida Loop.

West Central Florida's Greenways and Trails