Honeymoon Island State Park Loop Trail

Dunedin, Florida 34697

Honeymoon Island State Park Loop Trail

Honeymoon Island State Park: Loop Trail Professional Guide

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"With miles of white sand beach, this island has 3 miles of trails worth exploring, especially if the weather is acting up and the boat ride to Caladesi looks too rough. The island contains more than 200 species of plants in its mangrove swamps, sea grass beds, salt marshes, tidal flats, and sand dunes. It also contains one of the few remaining virgin, uncut stands of South Florida slash pine.

Honeymoon Island has two connected loop trails that parallel each other. The Osprey Trail leads through one of the last remaining stands of south Florida virgin slash pine. Extending north from the Osprey Trail is the Pelican Cove Trail. Ideally, you will make this walk as a loop. Sometimes, however, the Pelican Cove Trail can be quite wet toward the end, and you may want to take one of the side trails that will take you east and back to the drier Osprey Trail."

Honeymoon Island State Park: Loop Trail Trip Reports

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Honeymoon Island State Park is part of Islands State Park in heavily populated Pinellas County, Florida. But once you are on the Island, you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. I recommend a quick stop by the nature center before the hike.
The primay attraction to the trail is the birds. Osprey nests line the east section of the trail, ending with a bald eagle nest at the end (this nest closes a portion of the trail during mating season, but there is a viewing are to see the nest).
There is a small beach at the northern tip of the trail with a panoramic view of St. Joseph Sound. The west portion of the trail follows the shoreline of Pelican Cove where you can see a multitude of shore birds and an occasional porpoise. This portion of the trail is often wet during heavy rains and extreme high tides.
Overall, it is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of the Tampa Bay area.
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Great place get a good look (and photos) of Osprey and Owls. The path is wide and mostly sand/gravel and takes you up the middle of the island and returns you back along the bay side. The trail is not well marked so pay attention to some of the branches. Its a long trail so you can't get too lost. Make for a nice diversion after a day sunning on the beach.

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