The Clearwater East-West Trail, otherwise known as the Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail, is a scenic there-and-back asphalt pathway that runs along a beautiful lush greenway in Clearwater. This trail is especially favored among dog walkers for its mileage and scenery. Leashed dogs are welcome all along the trail, just be sure to clean up after them.
You and Fido will love the diverse sights as you meander through stretches of urban and suburban areas. Serene natural landscapes with huge shady trees, wetlands and tons of vegetation are a lovely contrast to the more populous areas, too.
At about 8.8 miles roundtrip, this moderately trafficked trail will take you from the Long Center recreational complex on Belcher Road in Clearwater to the neighboring city of Safety Harbor.
In addition to the free parking area at the Long Center, you can also hop this the peaceful paved trail at any of the parks it passes through, including Coachman Ridge Park, Cliff Stephens Park, Northeast Coachman Park, Del Oro Park, and Cooper’s Bayou Park. The parks also make for convenient rest areas for you and your furry pal. Many feature benches and picnic areas, restrooms, shady spots and playgrounds.
If you and your pooch decide to make it all the way to the eastern stretch of the trail, it’s worth the views as you’ll wind along North Bayshore Boulevard where you and your dog can take in the panoramas of Cooper Bayou, Alligator Lake and the Old Tampa Bay.
There are some sections of 10% grade on the trail, which is fairly steep, but they are short distances. You’ll find that most areas of incline are gradual on this clean and well-maintained path. Popular with bicyclists, the Clearwater East-West Trail is nice and wide so you’ll find it relatively easy to navigate any traffic you may encounter.
Bird-watching enthusiasts love this trail as there are several types of habitats that provide excellent viewing opportunities.
For a great trail that will show you and Fido the sights and sounds of the city, check out the Clearwater East-West Trail!