If you are looking for something to do now that fall is in the air, there are plenty of walking trails in St. Petersburg to try.
The benefits of hiking from a fitness standpoint are obvious. But, did you know there are economic and social benefits to living in communities with hiking trails? Tourism is energized when there is more green space to walk and families can enjoy spending time together for a low cost.
Here are a three places you and your family might like to explore.
Guided Bird Hike at Weedon Island Preserve
Nature, wildlife and history come together at Weedon Island Preserve giving island-goers a glimpse into a simpler time. Located on the coast of St. Petersburg, this preserve incorporates wetlands, flowers, native vegetation and an educational facility that provides information on the Native Americans who once lived in the area. The preserve features more than 4.7 miles of boardwalks and trails, including a guided hike to spot the island’s exotic bird inhabitants. This tour takes place once a month and is free. For more information visit: www.weedonislandpreserve.org
Sawgrass Lake Park Boardwalk
The main goal of Sawgrass Lake is to provide education for the public regarding nature and wildlife. The 390-acre park features a mile of boardwalk that wind through the swamp and lead to an observation tower that provides a panoramic view of the lake. In addition to half-mile dirt road you can also bike, skate, birdwatch and picnic in the park. For more information visit: www.pinellascounty.org
Wildflower Walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve
From the vibrant purple Sky flower to the captivating Catesby’s Lilly, there are plenty of beautiful wild flowers to see at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. This 245-acre preserved area is located on the south shore of Lake Maggiore. It boast more than 3 miles of trails and a birds of prey sanctuary, along with plenty of wildflowers. You can take a guided tour through the preserve 7 days a week. Cost: $3.00 Adults $1.50 children. For more information visit: www.stpete.org