Pinellas Trail

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Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail
Pinellas Trail.jpg
Section of the Pinellas Trail
Length 38.2 mi (61.5 km)
Location Pinellas County, Florida, United States
Trailheads Tarpon Springs, Florida
St. Petersburg, Florida
Use Cycling, Walking, Hiking, Jogging, Inline Skating
Hiking details
Trail difficulty Easy to Moderate
Season Year round
Hazards Crime

The Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail is a rail trail in Pinellas County, Florida. It stretches from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south, passing through the towns of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena, and Gulfport. It is utilized for walking, jogging, cycling, and inline skating. Some trail users are able to commute to work using the Pinellas Trail instead of a motor vehicle.

The distance that the main trail currently covers is 38.2 miles (61.5 km).[1]

The Pinellas Trail was named after Fred Marquis, a former Pinellas County Administrator who served from 1979 until 2000.

History[edit]

Street crossing with signage
View of Boca Ciega Bay

The Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) and the Seaboard Air Line (SAL) railroads both served St. Petersburg and Clearwater for many years. They merged in 1967 to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad (SCL), which consolidated the existing infrastructure. After the SCL joined CSX Transportation in the 1980s, 34 miles (55 km) of trackage in Pinellas County was abandoned, and purchased by the Florida Department of Transportation. After voter approval, the County acquired the property and began construction of the Pinellas Trail.

The first 5 miles (8.0 km) opened in December 1990, linking John S. Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole City Park in Seminole. With the passage of the first Penny for Pinellas one-cent local option sales tax, plans were made to construct additional segments along the former railroad corridor.

The Pinellas Trail is composed of the following railroad segments:

Future[edit]

When completed[when?], the Pinellas Trail will extend to 47 miles (76 km) in length.

Hazards[edit]

Unlike most rail trails that traverse rural countrysides, the Pinellas Trail travels through several very urban areas.

When traveling through some of the neighborhoods in sections of St. Petersburg and Tarpon Springs, trail users are encouraged to be cautious. In Clearwater, the same warning applies; trail users may have the right-of-way in areas with minimal vehicular traffic, but they do not when the trail crosses a major artery such as State Road 60.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to the Pinellas Trail". Pinellas County Parks & Preserves. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°57′32″N 82°47′49″W / 27.95889°N 82.79694°W / 27.95889; -82.79694