Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail complete

Photo courtesy of Ray Reyes @ Tampa Tribune

Photo courtesy of Ray Reyes @ Tampa Tribune

FDOT celebrated the grand opening of the Pinellas portion of its Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail on June 22nd. With Hillsborough’s portion completed in 2013, this scenic new trail along the south side of the causeway now stretches for a continuous 9 ½ breathtaking miles!

Check out how the Courtney Campbell Causeway Trail came to be with FDOT District 7’s Lee Royal

At the east end, the trail connects to the Skyway Park in Town & Country and, by way of another trail alongside the bay and Veteran’s Expressway, to Tampa’s Cypress Point Park. At the west end, the Causeway Trail provides access to Clearwater and to Safety Harbor by way of Bayshore Boulevard, and eventually will link to the north-south Pinellas Trail and Gulf beaches.

The $23 million project, which includes three pedestrian bridges, won federal Transportation Enhancement program funding and other support from the Florida Department of Transportation after years of advocacy by the Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway advisory group, Westshore Alliance,Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the MPO Chairs’ Coordinating Committee of West Central Florida, which prepares a regional plan and priorities for major cross-county trails.

Parking is available on the Tampa side of the trail at Ben T. Davis Beach. More info now available through the Rails to Trails Conservancy.