SR 60 Courtney Campbell Trail

The Courtney Campbell Trail features three roadside rest stops where you can relax, set up your spotting scope and take in the birds and the view. Stops A and B on the Courtney Campbell Causeway (a designated Florida Scenic Highway) overlook Old Tampa Bay, and stop C on the Clearwater Memorial Causeway overlooks Clearwater Harbor and the Intracoastal Waterway. Scan for Brown Pelican, Osprey, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns and Laughing Gulls year round. In winter, Herring, Ring-billed and Bonaparte’s Gulls may be present. Wintering shorebirds cluster along these causeways and are fairly habituated due to the high volume of cars and pedestrians. Reddish Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills can be found as well. Common Loon, Red-breasted Merganser, Horned Grebe and other waterfowl overwinter in the bay. Several rarities have been recorded at this site including Long-tailed Duck, and Franklin’s Gull. A 4-mile bridge paralleling the Courtney Campbell Causeway, built strictly for pedestrians and cyclists, was completed in fall 2013 and provides additional viewing opportunities; this 16-foot-wide, elevated path starts at Ben T. Davis Beach on the east side of the bay and runs to a parking area 1.2 mi. west of rest stop A.

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