FLORIDA: Suncoast Trail

The Suncoast Trail is approximately 41.3 miles between Lutz in northern Hillsborough County to US98 in northern Hernando County, spanning Brooksville, New Port Richey, Spring Hill and Tampa. The Suncoast Trail is completely paved and parallels a major highway 589. Most of your ride you will be able to see and hear the traffic on the highway. So if you are looking for a very quiet peaceful ride you might be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a challenging ride then you will be pleasantly surprised. You are probably imagining that a ride on a trail in Florida would be basically flat. I rode for 13.5 miles of this trail in the Spring Hill area and it was anything but flat. There were many hills to climb along the way. You also must climb the ramps of the bridges that cross over some of the highways (see Gallery). 

Much of the Suncoast Trail is shady as it is bordered by trees on both sides which separates the trail from both residential areas and the highways. If you are looking to take a casual ride and stop for lunch or a snack along the way you will pass restaurants, convenience stores, Publix, 7 Eleven and even a Starbucks. There are also sheltered tables and benches along the way should you want to stop for a snack, drink or rest.

Although I didn't notice whether bathrooms were available along the trail, I read on the websites that there are bathrooms and water stations along the trail. The trail is part of Florida's statewide system of greenways and trails. March is Florida Biking Month! Check out the following website: floridadep.gov  Sign up for #BikeforyourHealthchallenge

Overall, the Suncoast Trail provided a challenging ride. It is good for all levels of biking and hiking in spite of the hills, which you can always walk up. You can't beat the weather! Enjoy your ride or hike! See pics in the Gallery.