Weedon Island Preserve

Saint Petersburg, Florida 33702

Weedon Island Preserve

Weedon Island Preserve Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Weedon Island Preserve is a historic area occupied by people for thousands of years. The numerous shell mounds have yielded chert spearheads and imprinted pottery. In 2011 archaeologists excavated a 40-foot-long pine dugout canoe, carbon-dated from AD 690 to 1010. The marked paddling route traces a wonderful journey through shallow lagoons and mangrove tunnels, where mullet leap and osprey fish. You may see dolphins and manatees in the deeper water and will surely observe a variety of
wading birds along the edges of the mangroves. Look for stingrays in shallow water against the sandy bottom and for reddish egrets and roseate spoonbills.

A 2-mile boardwalk trail with a 45-foot observation tower, starting at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, makes a wonderful complement to the paddling trip, or a pleasant alternative if the tide or weather
precludes paddling. You may spot armadillos, raccoons, gopher tortoises, and snakes in addition to the many birds."

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Trail Information

Saint Petersburg
Nearby City
Up to 4 miles
Distance
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3-4 hours
Duration
Plan to leave mid-tide on a rising tide to leave plenty of time to negotiate the mangrove tunnels with adequate water levels. There will be currents through the mangrove tunnels, depending on the state of the tide. These may help you or slow you, but they should not halt your progress.
Tidal Information
The route includes shallow water bays and mangrove channels best enjoyed at high water; at lower levels expect some channels to be too shallow to negotiate, and expect to find sharp oysters exposed above water on the mangrove roots. Negotiating the mangrove tunnels and narrow channels requires some control skills. It is possible to get lost. Try to spot the next numbered marker before you lose sight of the last and follow the route descriptions closely. Should you get disoriented or lost, retrace your path to your last known position.
Hazards/Cautions
Topo maps USGS 1:24,000, Port Tampa
Local Maps