Scenic Walking & Hiking Trails on Florida’s West Coast

Throughout our travels through Florida, we have found some really scenic, interesting and just all around great places to walk and hike. We are listing our favorites so far on this page. We will add to this list as we make our way around this beautiful state, so keep checking back with us.

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North West/Big Bend

Lower Suwannee River National Wildlife Refuge

50 miles of walking and biking trails throughout a 54,000 acre refuge. In addition there are 40 miles of trails that can be driven by automobile allowing visitors to view wildlife in their natural habitat, from the comfort of an air conditioned vehicle.

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Central West

Crystal River Preserve State Park

6 nature trails for all skill levels with opportunities to view wild life. Smooth, flat trails.

Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail

A scenic 10 1/2 mile paved trail along beautiful Tampa Bay, popular with walkers, joggers and bike enthusiasts.

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

A 38.2 mile trail from St. Petersburgh to Tarpon Springs.

Fort Cooper State Park

Miles of shaded forest trails, with learning kiosks detailing the life and struggles of the Seminole Indians. Lots of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Hillsborough River State Park

7.3 miles of easy to moderate walking/hiking trails along the Hillsborough River, into the wet lands and dense forest. Many opportunities to spot wildlife including alligators, turtles, otters and many species of native Florida birds

James E. Grey Preserve

Located in New Port Richey Florida, 2 miles of leisure walking and hiking with river views. The preserve also has A 1/2 mild ADA accessible boardwalk trail with spectacular river and wildlife views

John Chestnut Sr. County Park

In Palm Harbor, Pinellas County. Easy walking trails along Lake Tarpon, a mangrove swamp and through shaded wooded trails. Great park for nature viewing and picnicking.

Key Vista Nature Park

Scenic walking trail along the Gulf of Mexico. Great for people and their four legged friends.

Leffis Key Coquina Bay Walk

Leffis key Coquina Bay Walk on the south end of Anna Maria Island, is a nature lovers dream, with winding sandy pathways and boardwalks along the bay that take you through an entangled mangrove covered coast. With bay view overlooks you will have the opportunity to spot manatees, dolphins, birds, fiddler crabs and more. Along the walkway there are benches where one can just sit back relax and wait for wildlife to put on it’s daily show right before your eyes. Sit at one of the bay overlooks and spot a manatee grazing on the abundant sea grass that the area provides, or look up into the trees for the osprey or eagles that call this area home.

Little Manatee River State Park

Wilderness hiking along the Little Manatee River in Wimauma

Robinson Preserve

365 acres of restored coastline and trails with magnificent views

Weedon Island Preserve

Miles of easy walking boardwalks through thick Coastal Hammock as well as natural trails along coastal Tampa Bay. Lots of wildlife viewing.

Withlacoochee River Park

Beautiful natural Florida setting along the Withlacoochee River. Miles of unpaved trails through a shady canopy, with also a 1/ 1/2 mile paved multi-purpose trail.

South West

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

Beautiful boardwalk trail through mangrove tunnels. Light walking – shaded

Myakka River State Park

39 plus miles of hiking trails through wetlands, prairies, hammocks and along the river.