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This segment marks the beginning of a long stretch of urbanized coastline as you head south, but don't worry - you can still enjoy natural surroundings at several parks including three premier Florida state parks including Honeymoon and Caladesi islands.

Florida Cities: Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, Lakeland, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin

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11 Locations in Pinellas
Anclote Key State Parkrating539021/9/2011
Anclote River-4295012/10/2008
Brooker Creek-2300012/10/2008
Caladesi Island State Parkrating624946/12/2012
Dunedin Causewayrating227021/9/2011
Fort Desoto Parkrating7078412/22/2011
Honey Moon Islandrating2107112/22/2011
Pithlachascotee River-194111/18/2016
Safety Harbor-244901/9/2011
Shell Keyrating342823/19/2013
Weedon Island Preserverating391136/7/2012

This is Segment 8, Region D. This segment marks the beginning of a long stretch of urbanized coastline as you head south, but don't let that discourage you. You'll still be able to enjoy natural surroundings at several parks including three premier Florida state parks: Anclote Key, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island.

The extensive Pinellas County Blueways provides additional paddling opportunities and trip options along the coast. Plus, on the interior, the Hillsborough River offers a leafy canopy long enjoyed by paddlers.

The coastal portion of segment 8 starts at Anclote Key, a 3-mile long uninhabited barrier island near Tarpon Springs.

Water around here is known to get rough during bad weather, so plan accordingly.

After leaving Anclote Key, make your way down a chain of spoil islands to the Dunedin Causeway. Honeymoon Island State Park rests at the end of the causeway and a little further south is Caladesi Island, best known for its soft white sand beaches.

South of Caladesi Island are the metropolitan cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Paddling this stretch affords you with many opportunities to pull over and rest, grab a bite to eat and even find a hotel for the night. For those preferring a tent to a hotel room, camping can be found on several spoil islands on the way to Fort De Soto Park.

No trip to the Pinellas Coast would be complete without visiting Anclote Key

45.5 miles of circumnavigational trail

1 state designated paddling trail

1 county blueways system

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Environmental Considerations

  • Mostly urban environment
  • Anclote Key is famous for challenging conditions during windy or stormy weather
  • Long distance between camping locations
  • Good availability of motels and hotels
  • As with most South Florida segments, boat traffic can be heavy, especially on weekends
  • The 17 Runs Section of the Hillsborough River is meant to remain a wilderness stretch of the river. It has numerous snags and side channels and should be attempted by experienced paddlers only.

Primary Campsites & Distances Between on Circumnavigational Trail

  • Anclote Key (north end) to spoil island # 13, 12 miles
  • Spoil Island #13 to Island #BC 21, 17 miles
  • Island #BC 21 to Fort De Soto Park Campground, 16.5 miles

River/Interior Trails

  • Pinellas County Blueways (8 different maps of paddling trails)
  • Hillsborough River (31 miles)

Emergency Contacts

  • Police, Fire and Medical Emergencies: 911
  • Pinellas County Sheriff: 727-582-6200
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff: 813-247-8000
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission Hotline: 1-888-404-3922

External Site Links

Citrus County Visitors & Convention Bureau