Connecting to the Pinellas Trail will soon be easier for Pasco County residents. A crowd of citizens and dignitaries gathered at Anclote Gulf Park on the morning of Wednesday, February 6, 2019 as Pasco County celebrated the groundbreaking of the county’s latest trail addition, the Coastal Anclote Trail. When completed, the 12-foot wide multi-use paved trail will be nearly five miles in length and provide easy access to the already planned Elfers Spur Trail Extension of the Pinellas Trail in Pinellas County.
The Coastal Anclote Trail will have the added benefit of connecting to three different parks in southeast Pasco County, including the Anclote River Park, Anclote Gulf Park, and Key Vista Nature Park. The connection between these parks and the Pinellas Trail system will provide a safer alternative to the significant number of bicyclists already riding on Bailies Bluff Road and will provide an off-street option for those who now walk and jog in the Holiday area. The completion of the trail will also make commuting by bicycle more feasible for some who reside nearby.
The design and construction of the Coastal Anclote Trail is being funded by Penny for Pasco, a tax program that was renewed by nearly 70 percent of voters in 2012. The majority of the property that the Trail will travel through is part of Pasco County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP). One of ELAMP’s goals is to enhance access to while preserving natural resources, so the trail is designed specifically to have the least negative impact possible on surrounding habitat, during and after installation. While invasive plant species will be removed, and some trees trimmed back, considerable effort is being made to maintain the natural trail setting, including preserving a large tree canopy to shelter the trail wherever possible.
Be sure to check out this great addition to the regional trail network when it’s complete.