Top 5 Bike Trails in Florida
- Old Cutler Trail
In Coral Gables, the Old Cutler Trail weaves its way through some of Miami’s most beautiful neighborhoods. The route, which serves as a sidewalk along Old Cutler, is small and periodically disturbed by tree roots or studded with obstructions. It needs to be looked after. It does, however, travel through parks and gardens throughout the duration of its 11-mile length and is covered by a magnificent ficus tree canopy.
One stop along the way is Matheson Hammock Park with a beautiful view of Miami’s skyline, a man-made lagoon pool for swimming, plenty of shade, and a marina. Within the park lies the Red Fish Grill, a seafood restaurant situated in an ancient coral rock structure. You may extend your journey by biking the park’s roadways. On the grounds of the adjoining Fairchild Tropical Garden, which has a rainforest and exotic vegetation from across the world, bicycling is prohibited.
2. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Is there a word for it? The Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is only 16 miles long, but it passes through some of the most beautiful scenery seen on any bike trail, making it a popular ride for nature lovers. The route runs east from Gainesville and the University of Florida to Hawthorne, passing through the Paynes Prairie Preserve and Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area before crossing Prairie Creek. Because the trail’s geography changes, you’ll have the opportunity to climb a few hills. Along the walk, ancient live oaks and cypress trees give way to farmland and picturesque vistas, with lots of opportunities to stop for a picnic or a snack. The Boulware Spring City Park is a great place to visit if you’re in the neighborhood.
3. Big Pine Key
Mile Marker 30 in Big Pine Key is another fantastic area to bike in the Keys. The little endangered Key deer may be found on Big Pine Key, which is a substantial (for the Keys) residential enclave. The Fish and Wildlife Service manages one-third of Big Pine Key for the sake of the Key Deer. The main road is paralleled by a large sidewalk/bike route, while the minor roads have less traffic.
4. Legacy Trail
One of Florida’s most delightful bike paths is the Legacy Trail. It runs from Sarasota to Venice and has a fairly rural feel to it, while having a well-kept paved road, water, and rest stops every mile. It’s flat and straight, and walkers, joggers, and skaters love it. Near the historic Venice Train Station, this 11-mile trail links to the Venetian Waterway Park Trail. From Caspersen Beach on the west side (one of my favorite sites to look for shark’s teeth) to Shamrock Park and Nature Center on the east side, the Venetian Waterway Park Trail continues for another 10 miles west to east.
5. Shark Valley
Shark Valley is without a doubt one of the most unforgettable rides in the United States. You can cycle amid enormous reptiles and other wildlife in Florida’s Everglades. This 14.5-mile nature circle is located in the Miccosukee Indian Reserve west of Miami on the Tamiami Trail. The information center has bike rentals available, or you may bring your own. From the 65-foot viewing tower, the circle finishes with a panoramic view of the River of Grass.