Enjoying the city is one thing, but every now and again, it’s always good to get out into nature and breathe in some fresh air. The good news is, that many hiking trails in Tampa allow you to do just that. Even better is that most are ideal for beginners – if I can do it, anyone can.
Hiking in Tampa wasn’t on my radar until I’d visited the city a few times already. But then I realized that there was so much to explore outside of the city itself. So, a friend suggested we go hiking for the day, and I’m so glad I agreed.
There are many hiking trails within, and just outside, the city and they all show you the beauty of the area from previously unseen perspectives. From wildlife to wild coastal views, shady tree canopies to endless green, you should certainly make time for a little walking during your visit.
15 Best Hikes in Tampa
There are more hiking trails in Tampa than you might realize, and that’s where some insider knowledge comes in very useful. Since my first introduction to hiking in the area, I’ve completed countless trails, and I’ve narrowed down my favorites for you in this post.
You’ll find trails for beginners and intermediate walkers, coastal views, nature, wildlife, and treks with plenty of facilities along the way. The only thing you need to do is work out which one you’ll take first.
1. Tampa Riverwalk (Best for New Arrivals to Tampa)
You might not consider it a trek, but it’s quite long and therefore falls into the ‘walking trails in Tampa’ category. The Riverwalk spans 7.7km and takes you along the edge of the Hillsborough River, overlooking the hustle and bustle of Downtown from a calm distance. It offers plenty of space to rest and take a seat when you need a break.
You’ll pass through six green parks, and there are attractions along the way such as museums and restaurants. In essence, you might not even feel like you’re on a trek, but your legs will definitely burn by the end of the day.
The Riverwalk is easily accessible for those in a wheelchair and families with strollers. It can get a little busy at certain times of the day but early in the morning and later in the day you can often walk without hindrance. For me, this is the best trail for people who have just arrived and want to get their bearings.
Trail Details and Information
Location: Channelside/Downtown Tampa. Click here for more information.
Length: 7.7km/4.8 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours without stopping, but there’s plenty to keep…