A Trail Town is a vibrant destination where people come together. It is a place where trail users can venture off a hiking, biking, equestrian or paddling trail to enjoy the services and unique heritage of the community, benefiting the town economically and socially. Does your community desire to become a designated Florida Trail Town? Start with the community self-assessment and questionnaire or contact the Office of Greenways and Trails. Designated towns receive free metal trail town signs, stickers and publicity.
When you walk the streets of downtown Dunedin, you see a multitude of bike shops, bustling inns, busy cafes and humming businesses. The downtown area is also filled with joggers, bikers, in-line skaters and leisurely walkers, all perusing local businesses and enjoying coastal scenery. Much of the excitement and vitality in Dunedin comes from the Pinellas Trail, which runs through town on an abandoned CSX railroad corridor. The multiuse trail stretches from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs and offers the community a safe and convenient means of getting to work, schools, parks and shopping. It is also an attraction for tourists and an economic asset for the community.
Thanks to the Pinellas Trail, downtown Dunedin’s business occupancy rate rose from 30 percent to 100 percent. Find out why Dunedin was chosen as Florida's inaugural trail town by clicking on the links below.
The City of Titusville, along Florida's East Coast, sits at the confluence of three long-distance trails: Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, East Coast Greenway, and the St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop. The town's steps to becoming a trail town include forming a trails committee, spearheading efforts to build a bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Garden Street (SR 406--their busiest thoroughfare), revamping downtown streets to be more bicycle/pedestrian friendly, and opening a new visitor's center in 2017 that includes a bike shop inside! Titusville was designated as Florida's second official trail town in June of 2018.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.