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Address: 13000 W. Gandy Blvd., (St. Petersburg side); 5200 W. Gandy Blvd. (Tampa side), St. Petersburg, FL
Phone Number: 727/549-6099

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Closed to bike and pedestrian traffic

The trail has recently closed indefinately due to structural problems and there are a lot of upset bikers. They are not sure if it will be repaired and reopened but I wouldn't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2008
EclecticNature
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Tampa, Florida
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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

This trail has been closed due to the expense needed for repairs and upkeep. You can still fish on the entrance to this trail

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4 Thank GladtoGoRose
St. Petersburg, Florida
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012 via mobile

It's closed... One of the best spots in Tampa Bay. What a waste. I don't see why it needed to be closed, but it is...

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3 Thank PJAmmann
St. Petersburg, Florida
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134 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

This is the original part of the Gandy Bridge from the 1920's. It's falling apart from the salt water corrosion. It's a shame that this great trail is closed and waiting for funds to tear it down which is less expensive than repairs.

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Thank chef2235
New York City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2010

I didn't know the Friendship Trail was out, and I had to bike across on the Gandy to get from Tampa to St. Petersberg. Even though the shoulder is wide, it's still completely terrifying to go over the bridge with highway traffic whizzing by and only a tiny rail, not even as tall as my bike, between me and the... More 

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2 Thank Qin2
Florida City, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2009

The Title of my review is how I feel about this closure. I just found out about this yesterday 5/3/09. I live in Portland, Oregon now and somehow over the net I found a story about this closure. When I lived in Tampa I was at the Friendship Trail at least twice a week for several years. When I moved... More 

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5 Thank JimHOregon
St. Petersburg
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2009

I rode my bike and or walked over this 2.6 mile bridge, at least once a week. It's the only safe way to get across the bay as a pedestrian. 60,000 people biked, bladed, walked, wheelchaired, and fished from it every month, 2,000 a day or more, according to the Parks Department. What a fantastic resource! What a great place... More 

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3 Thank catmanwagner
Tampa, Florida
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78 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2008

The trail has recently closed indefinately due to structural problems and there are a lot of upset bikers. They are not sure if it will be repaired and reopened but I wouldn't bank on it. There is a small portion still open to foot traffic on one (maybe both) ends that can be used for fishing.

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