The Easy 3-Mile Caladesi Island Trail Will Lead You Around An Enchanting Florida Island
Imagine capturing the feeling of being on a remote island, without having to actually travel to a remote island. I think everyone would sign up for that! Well, look no farther than the Caladesi Island Trail to fulfill that seemingly distant remote sensation.
Located in Caladesi Island State Park, this loop trail measures just over three miles in length and is perfect for all skill levels. On average, most people complete the trail in a little longer than one hour. But others may enjoy it at a slower pace to take in the native beauty, sights, and sounds.
With an elevation gain of only six feet, this wide, flat, and easy trail will lead you across various terrains – from sandy shores to wood-paneled bridges and shrub-covered paths.
While hiking shoes may not be entirely necessary, it is recommended that you wear something comfortable and durable.
The trail takes you on a perfect tour of the island’s various onshore and offshore habitats. Offshore, and during times of low tide, you’ll have views of oyster-formed reefs.
And on land, you’ll have access to sand dunes, virgin pines, cabbage palms, live oaks, and the island’s most unique offering…
…mangrove trees! Many species of animals look to mangroves as a necessity for survival. So, even if you’re hiking the trail alone, don’t be surprised if you’re sporadically accompanied by some of the island’s many inhabitants. Trail visitors are known to share the trail with armadillo, turtles, birds, and even snakes.
As the trail lengthens and as your steps start adding up, you’ll notice plenty of benches scattered along the path. They make for great resting points to refuel with a snack or to refill your dog’s water bowl.
Some benches offer unique views of the water and sand dunes. While others inspire you to take in a deep breath and stimulate your senses with the sounds and scents of the island.
The park is open year-round from 8 a.m. until sundown and is only accessible via boat, ferry, or kayak. Be sure to visit the
Park's home page for information about transportation, fees, accessibility, amenities, and more.
Have you ever hiked the Caladesi Island Trail? If so, we’d love to hear what you liked most about your experience!
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Caladesi Island State Park, 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA