Our Trail Vision

Since its formation in 1993, the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance has placed significant emphasis on trails planning. When the Florida SUNTrail grant program was established after a statewide referendum, SCTPA planning and coordination made it easy to make the case for regionally significant projects here in West Central Florida – such as the Pinellas Trail Loop, Courtney Campbell Causeway Scenic Trail, Suncoast Trail and Coast-to-Coast Trail. The SCTPA’s Regional Multi-Use Trails Working Group continues to coordinate cross-county connections, build consensus on priorities, and bring home funding to build the vision.




Suncoast Trail

Suncoast Trail is a 42-mile paved multi-use trail parallel to the Suncoast Parkway in Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando Counties. The Suncoast Trail serves as a transportation corridor and recreational facility for the region by providing park an important north-south connector between public lands, s and greenways.

Emerson Point Trail

Emerson Point Trail is located in the west central portion of Manatee County. Current plans include the continuation of the trail through the City of Palmetto thanks to an interlocal agreement between the city and county.

Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Upper Tampa Bay Trail is located in northwest Hillsborough County and currently runs 7.25 miles from Memorial Highway to Peterson Road (located one mile north of Ehrlich Road). The trail will eventually connect to the 42-mile Suncoast Trail.

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail (Pinellas Trail)

Pinellas Trail’s first segment opened 30 years ago to connect the cities of Largo and Seminole. It now extends 47 miles from East Lake to Tarpon Springs to downtown St. Petersburg, and passes through eight cities and several unincorporated communities. Pinellas Trail is both a linear park and multi-use trail, providing a corridor of protected green space throughout a highly urbanized section of Florida’s west coast.

Fort Fraser Trail

Fort Fraser Trail is a recently completed trail stretching 7.8 miles between Bartow and SR 540 in south Lakeland. This trail includes two covered bridge crossings (at Bear Creek and Banana Creek) and wood rail fencing along much of the trail’s length.

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