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Weedon Island Preserve, St. Petersburg

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The Weedon Island Preserve is an archaeological area near St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. It is located on 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The preserve, owned by the state, is leased to Pinellas County. The county's Department of Environmental Management/Environmental Lands Division manages the area. The name for a period in southeastern Native American history, Weeden Island culture, was derived (with a misspelling) from the area. On June 13, 1972, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.Recreational activities and amenitiesThere are two canoeing/kayaking trails in the preserve, and four-and-a-half miles of nature trails for hiking. Other activities include fishing and picnicking.A 3,000-foot boardwalk leads visitors to a 45 foot observation tower, usable for bird and wildlife viewing. With favorable weather conditions, one can see much of the Preserve and Tampa Bay from this tower, as well as the cities of Tampa and St. Petersburg.
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  • I always enjoy paddling in the Weedon Island area. If the tide is high (check the tides before you go) you can paddle the entire marked canoe trail. There is a tree canopy on lots of the trail so it i...  more »
  • Nice canoe/kayaking trails through the mangroves. Great fishing. Perfect place to get away to nature without having to go to far. 
  • Beautiful park with a great boardwalk, trails and areas to kayak. Well kept and a gem. Especially nice in cooler weather, come enjoy nature!