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 them all here on this page. We will add to this list as we make our way around this beautiful state, so keep checking back with us.

Click on a heading for our complete post on each location.

North West/Big Bend

Columbia County

Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Limestone trails along the beautiful Ichetucknee River with views of the springs. Swimming allowed in the springs and picnic facilities provided.

Lafayette County

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park

Scenic trails along the Suwannee River with views of The Blue Spring and numerous sinkholes. Wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Levy County

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 automobiles allowing visitors to view wildlife in their natural habitat, from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. ( The refuge is in both Levy and Dixie Counties)

Suwannee County

Troy Spring State Park

Small state park with a short loop nature trail. Pleasant walking thru forest landscape. An additional short path takes walkers along the scenic Suwannee River. Swimming in the refreshingly cool waters of Troy Spring is allowed. Picnic facilities are provided.

Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Beautiful trail through a landscape of forest, sinkholes, and springs. Watch scuba divers disappear into the springs as they swim through the cave system beneath your feet—an interesting trail with kiosks that explain the importance of the cave system to the Florida aquifer.

Central West

Citrus County

Crystal River Preserve State Park

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

Dames & Peace Caves– trail 22 in the Withlacoochee State Forest – Lecanto

Fort Cooper State Park

Hillsborough County

Alderman’s Ford Park

Lithia – Plant City

Alafia River State Park

Lithia

A wonderful place for a scenic and more challenging hike, but the park is renowned for its mountain biking trails. 20 miles of equestrian trails at this park as well.

Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail

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

Hillsborough River State Park

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

Little Manatee River State Park

Wilderness hiking along the Little Manatee River in Wimauma

Hernando County

Chinsegut Conservation Area

Located six miles north of Brooksville in Hernando County. Wide easy walking trails. Beautiful and scenic.

Richloam Wildlife Management Area

58,000 acres of dense forest. Filled with miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Don’t forget a stop in the Historic General Store too!! Hernando County

Pasco County

James E. Grey Preserve

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

Key Vista Nature Park

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

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.

Manatee County

Leffis Key Coquina Bay Walk

Leffis key Coquina Bay Walk on the south end of Anna Maria Island, is a nature lover’s dream, with winding sandy pathways and boardwalks along the bay that take you through an entangled mangrove-covered coast. With Bayview 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 its daily show right before your eyes. Sit at one of the bay overlooks and spot a manatee grazing on the abundant seagrass that the area provides, or look up into the trees for the osprey or eagles that call this area home.

Robinson Preserve

365 acres of restored coastline and trails with magnificent views

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Pinellas County

Brooker Creek Preserve

Tarpon Springs

Pinellas County

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

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

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.

Sawgrass Lake Park

St. Petersburg

Weedon Island Preserve

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

South West

Charlotte County

Alligator Creek Preserve

Punta Gorda

Lee County

Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve

Cape Coral

Beautiful boardwalk trail through mangrove tunnels. Light walking – shaded

Myakka River State Park

Sarasota

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