Greenways And Trails FAQ
Greenways And Trails FAQ
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 Recreation Department.
With regard to trails managed by Hillsborough County or privately owned properties, you should seek permission from the property owner or manager.
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 Copeland Park (off-road).
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 Trails webpage.
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 http://www.hillsboroughmpo.org. This map shows recommended bicycle routes.
The 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 County.
Where are the best places to rollerblade?
Rollerblading 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 for maps.
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 few:
|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.