Mountain bike is undoubtedly one of the most efficient and sustainable ways to have fun, stay outdoors, and get in shape. Even though it is always better to look for routes that have marked bike paths, that may not always be the case. Whether the ride is by yourself or if you decide to travel with a group of riders, always follow the traffic signs and wear your helmet. Safety should always be priority. Now, have fun and get in shape in some of my favorite bicycle routes in Florida.
1. Bill Baggs State Park
This park is the home of a historic lighthouse and is considered a historic place, so take good care of it. Biking and kayaking are popular activities here. Other activities that are popular here include boating, canoeing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing.
2. Alice C. Wainwright Park
This small but great place on the bay, with a wonderful view of the city skyline, is nice for bikers, runners and picnickers. Here you can enjoy the sea views while relaxing with its laid-back atmosphere.
3. Rickenbacker trail
Built in 2010 by a handful of local volunteers and officers of the city, Rickenbacker trails are some of the best mountain bike lanes in south Florida and offer some of the most beautiful views of Virginia Key. It is a must for all those who love the water, boats and ocean breezes! A true escape from the city, perfect terrain for all bikes.
4. David T. Kennedy park
This park located in Coconut Grove has different amenities such as a dog park, a running path on an outdoor track and is a fantastic place to bring family and pets. Its trails offer a low- impact bike ride.
5. Amelia Earhart Park
Located at Hialeah, Amelia Earhart Park is also full of fun with amenities like a petting zoo, a dog park, wakeboarding cable complex. Last, but not least, it has some of the best mountain bike trails. If you do not have a bike, rent one here and make a day out of it, in Amelia Earhart Park.
6. Shark Valley Tram
A bicycle tour is a great way to experience Everglades. You can exercise in the Everglades bike trail while admiring the landscape. There is so much to see. This trail is full of wildlife that will take your breath away, literally. Be careful with your four-legged trail companions. Bring your bike or rent one here and join this wild adventure!
Located on Biscayne bay, this park is best known for a series of bicycling trails ranging from beginner trails to challenging ones for experienced cyclists, along with many other areas that you can explore, all exuberant and invigorating in the south of Florida.
8. Matheson Hammock Park
This urban oasis is part of the parks and recreation of Miami Dade County. You can take a bike trail through the mangroves until reaching the man-made beach behind the Red Fish Grill. Apart from the restaurant, this is a place for enjoying natural trails, joining the sailing and boating school or going kitesurfing.
9. South Pointe Park
South Pointe is a local park as well as a beach. Here you can walk along a concrete road full of hills and hidden paths which is also right next to the beach. This bike lane will connect with the boardwalk of South Beach and you can ride all the way up to Lincoln Road and back.
10. Imba Red
It is the longest of the Red trails in the entire Santos system. There are plenty of short, stout, rocky climbs and descents, great for adventurous bikers. Additionally, there are a few sections of ridgeline riding and many wooden ramps of various sizes. If you are looking for challenge, there is plenty here for the expert riders.
11. Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve
It offers wonderful cross country riding, beautiful scenery, diverse terrain and trail personalities for all sorts of riders. It is not a recreational park but a county owned preserve.
12. Alafia State River Park
Alafia River State Park singletracks are IMBA EPIC certified. It means this park has sections to fit every particular biking requirements. There is a wide range of sections from beginner to intermediate to advanced to highly advanced. The trailhead parking lot has bathrooms with hot water, stations for rinsing bikes, shaded pavilions, a volleyball net and a playground.