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Two bike trails to experience in Tampa Bay with incredible views

elevated view of a bicycle trail on the water
Photo via Hillsborough County Government
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There is so much to see and do in the Tampa Bay region, and one of the best ways to connect with its cities is by bike. Two trails that captivate both residents and tourists year-round are worth exploring the next time you’re feeling adventurous.

Tampa is home to many great bike shops if you’re looking for a new ride. For example, the University Bike Center, which has been open for over 44 years, is ready to equip aspiring cyclists with serious pedal power.

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Visit the City of Tampa’s website for a look at even more bike trails (large and small) you can access.

Courtney Campbell Trail

The Courtney Campbell Trail spans 9.5 miles, connecting Tampa to Clearwater along the southern side of the Courtney Campbell Causeway. This picturesque trail provides panoramic views of Upper Tampa Bay and features two bridges, enhancing the scenic experience. The trail is notable for its over a dozen Americana Outdoor Shawnee Style, Full-Cantilever Shelters, providing rest and shade for cyclists.

Starting from the Veterans Expressway in Tampa and extending to Bayshore Boulevard in Clearwater, the Courtney Campbell Trail links to other recreational trails on both sides of the bay. The newest addition is a 4-mile extension, which completes the bay crossing and reaches into Clearwater. This extension grants access to the popular Pinellas Trail and the Duke Energy Trail via Clearwater’s Ream Wilson East-West Trail. Parking is available at Cypress Point Park (5620 W Cypress St) and Skyway Park (3901 George Road).

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Upper Tampa Bay Trail

The Upper Tampa Bay Trail (UTBT) is situated in the residential northwest Hillsborough County and runs along the west shore of Channel A. This trail begins at a trailhead off Memorial Highway/Montague Street, passing Waters Avenue, Linebaugh Avenue, and stretching north to Gunn Highway, Ehrlich Road, and finally ending at Peterson Road Park.

A northern extension of the trail continues from Van Dyke Road, heading north and east to the trailhead on Lutz Lake Fern Road. This segment connects to the Suncoast Trail at the Veterans Expressway, offering cyclists an extended route. Parking for the UTBT is available at the Memorial Trailhead (7499 Montague Street) and the Channel Park Trailhead (9201 W. Waters Avenue).

Both the Courtney Campbell Trail and the Upper Tampa Bay Trail provide cyclists with exceptional riding experiences, combining natural beauty with practical connections to other recreational paths. Whether you’re seeking panoramic views or a ride through residential areas, these trails are must-visits for biking enthusiasts in Tampa Bay.

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