Weedon Island Preserve Route
ElevationAscent: 22' 7 m
Descent: -21' -6 m
High: 6' 2 m
Low: 1' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 1% (1°)
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“A nice run through Weedon Island Preserve to Tampa Bay.”— Kevin Roberts
At the junction with Lookout Point Trail, turn left which will take you on a berm through a massive mangrove swamp with a mangrove canopy above you, watch for a lot of wildlife in this area. The lookout point has great views and makes a nice picnic area. From here, head back along the berm and at the junction with Boy Scout Trail, stay left on the Lookout Point Trail and follow the signs for the center.
This next area to run is a combination of three different trails including paved and boardwalk trails. At the picnic area and three-way junction, turn left to take the Bay Boardwalk which travels over the swamp and water. Take a left out on Bay Observation Platform Spur to the great lookout, then retrace your steps and carry on the Bay Boardwalk. At the end of the Bay Boardwalk, turn left onto Upland Trail, a paved path that leads toward the visitor center. Continue past the visitor center and take a left onto Tower Boardwalk where you'll go through more mangroves and have the option of going up the observation towers for some scenic views.
After finishing the Tower Boardwalk, you'll be back on the Upland Trail which takes you past what remains of what was once a waiting room of an airport. You stay on the paved Upland Trail which will turn into unpaved Lookout Point Trail. Continue on this to the junction with Boy Scout Trail Spur and turn left to head back to Boy Scout Trail. At the fork, turn left to wrap around the south side of Boyscout Lake.
The trail ends at Weedon Drive. To get back to the parking area, turn right and follow along the side of the road for a short distance.
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Land Manager: Pinellas County, FL - Parks & Conservation Resources