20 beautiful hikes in Tampa Bay everyone should explore

You may as well get out and enjoy the weather while you can. Here you'll find a few simple hikes within driving distance of Tampa Bay. Ranging from easy strolls to more advanced all day hikes, there's a trail on this list for any level of hiking experience.

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Weedon Island Preserve 
1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Open daily from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset, Weedon island offers six trails along aquatic and upland ecosystems. Start with the one-mile Boy Scout Loop, which connects to an additional 1.7 miles of trails. Although admission is free, donations are welcome. The park does not allow pets, glass containers, smoking or alcoholic beverages.
Photo via Weedon Island Preserve / Google Maps

Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg
Open daily from 7 a.m. until 30 minutes before sunset, Weedon island offers six trails along aquatic and upland ecosystems. Start with the one-mile Boy Scout Loop, which connects to an additional 1.7 miles of trails. Although admission is free, donations are welcome. The park does not allow pets, glass containers, smoking or alcoholic beverages.

Photo via Weedon Island Preserve / Google Maps
Eureka Springs State Park 
6400 Eureka Springs Road, Tampa
The park’s Peaceful Paths Trail is only 0.75-miles long and takes visitors through a floodplain forest of maples, cypresses and tupelo. The park is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $2 per vehicle.
Photo via Eureka Springs Conservation Park website

Eureka Springs State Park

6400 Eureka Springs Road, Tampa
The park’s Peaceful Paths Trail is only 0.75-miles long and takes visitors through a floodplain forest of maples, cypresses and tupelo. The park is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the park is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs $2 per vehicle.

Photo via Eureka Springs Conservation Park website
Morris Bridge Park 
13330 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa
Running along the Hillsborough River, hikers are often able to spot alligators, turtles and hawks at Morris Bridge Park. There’s a 0.75-mile shell trail on the southern end of the park and a 0.25-mile boardwalk that goes around an island on the north side of the park. Morris Bridge Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and costs $2 for admission.
Photo by Colin Wolf

Morris Bridge Park

13330 Morris Bridge Road, Thonotosassa
Running along the Hillsborough River, hikers are often able to spot alligators, turtles and hawks at Morris Bridge Park. There’s a 0.75-mile shell trail on the southern end of the park and a 0.25-mile boardwalk that goes around an island on the north side of the park. Morris Bridge Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and costs $2 for admission.

Photo by Colin Wolf
Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island 
#1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin
Take a stroll through roughly 2.5 miles of a slash pine trail at Honeymoon Island’s Osprey Trail. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. If you’re in a car with up to 7 other friends, admission will set you back $8. Alternatively, you only have to pay $4 if you drive there by yourself, or $2 if you walk or bike to the park. Other than ospreys, visitors might come across gopher tortoises and armadillos.
Photo via Honeymoon Island website

Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island

#1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin
Take a stroll through roughly 2.5 miles of a slash pine trail at Honeymoon Island’s Osprey Trail. The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset. If you’re in a car with up to 7 other friends, admission will set you back $8. Alternatively, you only have to pay $4 if you drive there by yourself, or $2 if you walk or bike to the park. Other than ospreys, visitors might come across gopher tortoises and armadillos.

Photo via Honeymoon Island website
Lettuce Lake Park 
6920 East Fletcher Ave., Tampa
Regardless of whether you’re in your salad days, you can still enjoy a hike at Lettuce Lake Park. The Limkin Loop trail is roughly 1.7 miles long, including a 3,500-foot boardwalk, and has an extra .05 mile extension. Admission to the hardwood swamp forest, hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods will set you back $2 per vehicle. Keep an eye out of gators. 
Photo by Colin Wolf

Lettuce Lake Park

6920 East Fletcher Ave., Tampa
Regardless of whether you’re in your salad days, you can still enjoy a hike at Lettuce Lake Park. The Limkin Loop trail is roughly 1.7 miles long, including a 3,500-foot boardwalk, and has an extra .05 mile extension. Admission to the hardwood swamp forest, hardwood hammocks and pine flatwoods will set you back $2 per vehicle. Keep an eye out of gators.

Photo by Colin Wolf

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