Island Trail at Caladesi Island State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike travels through the heart of a Gulf barrier island accessible only by boat. Caladesi Island is the setting for this trek, which travels through coastal strand woodlands before turning into an oak-shaded maritime hammock. The final part of the hike explores the park beach, which in the past has been voted America’s best beach. The sandy swath offers shelling opportunities and a chance to hike along a dune community.
Here you’ll find one of the best hikes in the Tampa Bay area, one of its lesser-used paths. The trail truly does explore much of what the island has to offer, from a historic old fire tower to the history of people who lived on the island to the natural communities here—including coastal strand forest where you walk through nearly pure palm groves. Old-growth pine flatwoods have their place, as does the maritime hammock, where shade is king on this sun-splashed isle."