The path runs along the former railroad corridor roughly parallel to Gasparilla Road, passing near Rotonda West and crossing over Coral Creek. Our group started at the northern end of the trail.The historic Placida Bunk House is on display just before the paved trail begins. It was built by the railroad to house employees and it originally stood in Placida along the rail line. The paved trail is about five-feet wide and flat so it’s good for all skill levels. Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a leash. There are trees lining both sides of the trail and ditches to handle the rain, but there isn’t much shade along the way so bring plenty of water and sunscreen. You also want to bring some basic tools in case there’s a problem with your bike, because other than at the trailheads there are no places of business open along the way. Insect repellant is also strongly suggested. A good area to stop and take a break is the Coral Creek bridge. We were close because we could smell jet fuel and hear the roaring engine of a jet plane preparing to take off at Coral Creek Airport. Along the way, we saw rabbits, gopher tortoises and several different species of birds. There is a bald eagle nest just south of the Coral Creek bridge. Some people have reported seeing snakes and alligators, but we didn’t see any on our trip. Once we reached the southern trailhead, we continued toward the Coral Creek fishing pier. By that time you’re almost to Gasparilla Island, where you can cross the road and hit the Boca Bicyclists riding the trail can take a break at the Coral Creek bridge as paddleboarders explore the water below.
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