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Upper Tampa Bay Trail


  1. Bird Watching
  2. Fishing
  3. Hiking
  4. Nature Study
  5. Picnic Area (ADA Accessible)
  6. Picnic Tables
  7. Restrooms
  8. Trails - Equestrian
  9. Trails - Hiking
  10. Trails - Paved Biking
  11. Trails - Walking
The Upper Tampa Bay Trail is located in residential northwest Hillsborough County. Currently, the trail runs along the west shore of Channel A from a trailhead off Memorial Highway/Montague Street, past Waters Avenue, Linebaugh, and then due north to Gunn Highway, Ehrlich Road and ending at Peterson Road Park.   The trail continues north from Van Dyke Road north and then east to the trailhead on Lutz Lake Fern Road, connecting to the Suncoast Trail at the Veterans Expressway.

Trailheads & Access south to north:

Memorial Trailhead 7499 Montague Street
Cold water and parking

Directions: Take Hillsborough Ave. west past the airport, Memorial Highway and Sheldon. Turn right on to Montague St. Follow Montague St. to the trailhead a short distance on the right.

Channel Park Trailhead 9201 W. Waters Avenue 
Full Service with restrooms, parking, water and cola machines.

Directions: Hillsborough Ave. West to Sheldon Road. Turn Right (north) onto Sheldon Road to Waters Ave. Turn left (west) onto Waters Ave. The trailhead is a very short distance on the right.

Wilsky Boulevard Trailhead 10314 Wilsky Blvd. 
Parking, cold water and restrooms

Directions: From Tampa, take Waters Ave west to Hanley Ave. Head north on Hanley Ave, Hanley becomes Wilsky Blvd at Linebaugh. Cross Linebaugh, the trailhead is on the left/west side of Wilsky Blvd., before the on ramp to the Veterans Expressway.

Ehrlich Road
Parking and cold water are available near this trail access.

Directions: From Tampa, take Ehrlich Road west to Gunn Highway. The trail parking area is just east of Gunn Highway, on the south side of Ehrlich. This parking area is next to a old house and is not directly on the trail, and is easily missed. The trail is two houses to the west, just before the intersection. Bally Hoo restaurant is adjacent to the trail. There is a water box just south of this location with a map.

Peterson Park 8203 Peterson Road and Rails Rd.
Parking, restrooms

Directions: From Tampa take Gunn Highway north.
Peterson Road is a mile north of the Gunn Highway/Sheldon Rd intersection at Sickles High School. Turn Right onto Peterson Road. The park and the northern terminus of the trail are located ½ mile on the left.

Trail Resources

Map - Upper Tampa Bay Trail

Florida Biking Trails Brochure

Florida Equestrian Trails Brochure

Florida Hiking Trails Brochure

Florida Paddling Trails Brochure