This segment marks the beginning of a long stretch of urbanized coastline as you head south, but don't let that discourage you. You'll still be able to enjoy natural surroundings at several parks, including three premier Florida state parks: Anclote Key, Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island. The extensive Pinellas County Blueways provides additional paddling opportunities and trip options along the coast. .
The coastal portion of segment 8 starts at Anclote Key, a 3-mile long uninhabited barrier island near Tarpon Springs. The island is surrounded by open water that can get rough during bad weather, so plan accordingly. Paddling this stretch affords numerous opportunities to pull over and rest, grab a bite to eat and even find a hotel for the night. For those preferring a tent to a hotel room, camping can be found on Anclote Key and on several spoil islands on the way to Fort De Soto Park.