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Walking Club: Exploring Clam Bayou Nature Preserve & Clam Bayou Nature Park

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 09:57:23-04

Many of us are looking for ways to be active while also staying socially distanced from others. That’s why Sarah Phinney started a ‘Walking Club’ to highlight some hidden, and some not so hidden, trails across Tampa Bay that are great places for you and your family to check out.

Take a trip to southern Pinellas County this weekend to visit Clam Bayou Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg and Clam Bayou Nature Park in Gulfport. Both are family-friendly and have beautiful views of the bayou and Boca Ciega Bay.

What’s the difference between Clam Bayou Nature Preserve & Clam Bayou Nature Park?

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve is located in St. Pete’s Broadwater Neighborhood. The 140-acre preserve features boardwalks that overlook the bayou, a connection to the Skyway Trail, plenty of spots to fish as well as a canoe and kayak launch.

Put this address into your GPS for Clam Bayou Nature Preserve: 4099 34th Ave S. St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Clam Bayou Nature Park is in Gulfport. You’ll find shell trails that lead to boardwalks, even more places to fish, a kayak and canoe launch, pretty views of the Boca Ciega Bay and even a small hill for an extra challenge on your morning walk.

Put this address into your GPS for Clam Bayou Nature Park: 29th Ave S & Miriam St S Gulfport, FL 33711

How do I get between the two?

There is not a direct connection between the two parks. Visitors will either have to hop into the car (it's a less than a 10-minute drive) or paddle between the park and preserve. It only takes about 25 minutes (if you don’t get lost!).

You can launch your own kayak from Clam Bayou Nature Preserve. If you don’t have one, kayaks can be rented at Clam Bayou Nature Park. If you’re lucky, you’ll see dolphins and manatees passing by!

When should I visit?

Clam Bayou Nature Preserve opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes 30 minutes after sunset.

Clam Bayou Nature Park is closed from one hour after sunset to one hour before sunrise.

Let Sarah know if you visit Clam Bayou Nature Preserve & Clam Bayou Nature Park this weekend. If have an idea for a trail that she should feature, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.