The Coastal Anclote Trail is a 12-foot wide, multi-use paved trail that will connect the planned Elfers Spur Trail Extension (Pinellas Trail) in Pinellas County to three parks in southeast Pasco (Anclote River Park, Anclote Gulf Park and Key Vista Nature park.) Its total length when completed will be 4.52 miles.
The design and construction of the Coastal Anclote Trail is being funded by the Penny for Pasco. This project was one of several identified for funding when the Penny for Pasco was renewed in 2012 by nearly 70 percent of the voters.
The Coastal Anclote Trail is being designed to have as minimal an impact as possible on its surroundings. While invasive plant species will be eliminated and some trees will have to be cut back, every effort is being made to keep the natural setting of the trail intact. This includes leaving a large tree canopy over the trail wherever possible.
The majority of the property that the Trail will travel through is part of Pasco County’s Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program (ELAMP), which has as one of its objectives to enhance resource-based recreational opportunities. This trail is the perfect mechanism to take existing ELAMP property and add a passive recreational opportunity.