Email the Greenways and Trails Program
Are bikes allowed in parks?
Because of the sensitive ecosystems, bicycles and mountain bikes
are restricted to designated paths, roadways, and bike trails in
parks and greenways managed by the City of Tampa Parks and
With regard to trails managed by Hillsborough County or privately
owned properties, you should seek permission from the property owner
Gas powered bikes, pocket-bikes, mini-bikes, go-karts and
motorcycles are not allowed on park trails or paths. Electric
wheelchairs, electric bicycles and Segways are allowed on City
trails. Speed limits on trails is 15 miles per hour.
Where are bike trails?
Popular places to bike include trails at the following locations:
Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park Trail (multi-purpose - Ballast Point
Park to Platt Street Bridge); Davis Islands (on-road - Davis Islands
Bouelvard(s) to Sea Plane Basin Park); MacDill Trail at Gadsden Park
(off-road); Cypress Point Park (off-road and nature trails);
Flatwoods Park (off-road - Hillsborough County, nature trails and
mountain biking); McKay Bay Nature Park (off-road and nature
trails); Rowlett Park (off-road and nature trails); and
Is there a bike trail map available?
Currently, the Parks and Recreation Department does not publish a
map of bike trails or bike route within the City. However, we hope
to develop one for future publication.
You may download a map for each existing trail on the Existing
You may download a map of the existing and proposed trails system
from the Tampa Greenways & Trails Master Plan. There are 33 area
maps that may be downloaded and printed individually of the plan
adopted by City Council in February 2001. You may also download the
proposed 2005 Map Amendments currently being reviewed.
You may download the Hillsborough County Bicycle Suitability Map
published by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at
This map shows recommended bicycle routes.
Tampa Downtown Partnership recently published a "Change
Gears Bike Downtown" brochure/map that recommends bike routes
within the downtown area.
Where can I rent a bike?
The City does not offer bike rentals at any of
our parks. Download a list of local bicycle shops in Hillsborough
Where are the best places to rollerblade?
is a popular fitness activity in Tampa. Some of the City's best
places to rollerblade include Bayshore Boulevard Linear Park;
MacDill Trail at Gadsden Park; Rowlett Park Trail; Hillsborough
River Greenway at Rivercrest Park; and Blake Trail at Julian B. Lane
Riverfront Park. Go to Existing Trails
What is a blueway?
Blueways are paddling trails for canoes and kayaks. The creation
of a recognized water trail system will promote a healthy,
non-polluting, family friendly form of outdoor recreation. Canoeing
and kayaking are popular water recreation activities along
Where can I rent a canoe or kayak?
The City doesn't currently offer
canoe or kayak rentals at City parks, but there are several rental
businesses in the City of Tampa. Here are a
Art's Gheenoe Sales
Mad Paddlers Kayak & Surf Shop
Nessmuk's Trading Post
Oak Haven River Retreat
Savich & Lee Wholesale
9608 Nebraska Avenue
14521 N. Florida Avenue
8802 Rocky Creek Drive
9335 E. Fowler Avenue
12143 Riverhills Drive
6902 Causeway Blvd.
What is the Tampa Greenways & Trails
Citizens Advisory Committee?
The GTCAC was established to provide citizen comments and views
on greenways and trails planning process and to serve in an advisory
capacity to City Council and City Administration on matters related
to greenways and trails. Responsibilities of the GTCAC include: Review and comment on proposed goals and policies for the
greenways and trails planning process. Review and comment on development and subsequent text and map
amendments to the Tampa Greenways and Trails Master Plan. Formal
review to be conducted every two years at a minimum. Review and comment on specific trail projects and trail corridor
studies. Participate in public education and outreach activities. Be a voice for community ideas and concerns.
Prioritize greenways and trails projects for local funding. Seek out opportunities for funding greenways and trails, and
trail improvements. Guide development of new trail concepts. Carry out other tasks as requested by City Council.
What is the Tampa Riverwalk?
The Tampa Riverwalk is a very important part of the City of Tampa's
Ross J. Ferlita Greenways & Trails System. The Riverwalk is
part of the Hillsborough
River Greenway and forms the spine of the system. More information
on the Riverwalk...
What are the trail hours?
Trails within Tampa City Park are typically open from dawn until
dusk, unless otherwise posted.
How long are the trails?
There are approximately 60 miles of public trails in the City
limits. Adopted plans call for a city-wide sustem of about 125 miles.
Conceptual plans call for a city-wide system of over 200 miles.
Existing mileage by greenway geographic area is:
Hillsborough River Greenway
McKay Bay Greenway
New Tampa Greenway
South Tampa Greenway
West Tampa Greenway
How do I report a Trail Maintenance Request
To report a trail maintenance issue, please contact the Tampa Parks
and Recreation Department at (813) 274-8615 or
email the Greenways and Trails Program.
How can I get a trail in my neighborhood?
Potential greenway and trail projects may include off-road
multi-purpose paths, on-road bike lanes, pedestrian/bicycle bridge
connections, bicycle routes, and/or sidewalks. The development of
greenways and trails is a lengthy planning process. If your
neighborhood would like to work with the City in creating trails,
bicycle routes, and greenways in your neighborhood, please fill out
the Neighborhood Application and Project Detail Request forms. The
City Greenways & Trails Coordinator is
available to meet with your group and work with you to fill out the
details and study proposed routes. Project information needed
includes: proposed route; amount of land to be acquired; route length;
facility type/width; proposed surface treatment; proposed special
amenities/furnishing/fixtures; current property ownership; need for
easement; proposed funding source (and amount of any proposed
neighborhood match); existing path obstructions (utilities, fencing,
vegetation, landscaping, structures); environmental factors (wetland);
et cetera. Projects often need to be phased due to funding
Is there a speed limit on the trails?
All City trails have a 15 mph speed limit.
What is the Share the Road- Save a Life Campaign?
This program encourages both bicyclists and motorists to share the
road with each other, not because it is an option, but because it is
the law. In Florida, bicycles are legal vehicles that use the same
roadways and have the same rights as motorized vehicles..
Allow plenty of room when passing a bicyclist. There should be at
least 3 feet beween the bike and other vehicle.
- Don't drive or park in Bike Lanes.
- Limit use of your horn and be patient.
- Anticipate road hazards for bicyclists. Allow bicycle to maneuver
- Ride predictably and responsibly.
- Ride with traffic (right side of road).
- Follow the same laws as motorists.
For a "Share the Road" bumper sticker, contact the
Greenways & Trails Coordinator.