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Discover some safe, off-street recreational biking in busy South Florida. Two beachside rides. In the winter, Shark Valley Trail, Everglades is one of a kind.


Cypress Creek Greenway - A work in progress; when completed the Greenway will connect from the edge of the Everglades at Tamarac to beachside at Pompano Beach. Currently, it runs 7 miles from Tephford Park (at SR 869 in Tamarac) to Lyons Road in Coconut Creek. Along the way, Tephford Park and Tamarac Veterans Park offer restrooms and other amenities. Virtually no shade, so plan accordingly. As of 12/2017, the Greenway ends at Lyons Road. Here, parking is at the Fern Forest Nature Center, a short ride out to access the trail. The exact path of the final route is still in the planning stages. (Reported: Dec. 2017)

Location: Broward County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Tephford Park, Gary B. Jones Park for People and Pups, Tamarac Veterans Park, Fern Forest Nature Center

More Information:
Broward County - Greenways

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Frenchies Bicycles (Margate)


Hollywood Beach Broadwalk - A picturesque place to bike, walk, eat, shop and people watch. Formerly a beachside street, the Hollywood Beach "Broadwalk" runs about 2.5 miles past hotels, restaurants, shops, parks, and apartments. Built in the 1920's, the area retains an old feel with much original architecture in place. Often compared to Venice Beach in California, but much more laid-back. Paid parking at Hollywood North Beach Park, or on city streets adjacent to the Broadwalk, or (per a tip we picked up from Bonnie at FloridaRambler.com ) park for free on weekdays at West Lake Park and bike about a mile to the Broadwalk. (Reported: Dec. 2017)

Location: Broward County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Hollywood Beach, Carpenter House at Hollywood North Beach Park, Dania Beach, Miami

More Information:
Hollywood Beach Information Center - Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Bike Shops/Rentals:
View a list of bike rentals here
Bike sharing: Broward B-cycle

Hollywood Beach Broadwalk - A dedicated (but be prepared to share) bike path runs along the Broadwalk. The pace here is leisurely, with bikes, pedestrians, rollerbladers, segways and surreys sharing the Broadwalk. At about the midpoint, Charnow Park has picnic tables, playground, splash pad, and a bandshell with frequent performances.


Surf Road to Dania Beach - Continuing north from the Broadwalk, a wide bike lane along Surf Road goes to Dania Beach (at Ocean Park fishing pier), passing North Beach Park, Keating Beach, and the historic Carpenter House (considered a classic 1940's beach bungalow), for an additional 2 miles of biking. At the end of Surf Road, take the short unpaved path (it was very sandy when we visited, we had to push our bikes through), or bike out Balboa St. to A1A to Dania Beach.


Jonathan Dickinson State Park at 11,500 acres is a real treasure with something for everyone - biking, paddling, hiking, camping, picnicking, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, and more. The park roads are bikeable, plus there are scenic nature trails and paved bicycle trails. Club Scrub is a mountain biking club that maintains nine miles of mountain biking trail at the Camp Murphy trail system. A paved one-mile multi-use trail parallels the main park road from the Visitor Center to the equestrian trailhead. Old Dixie Highway (shut down through the park), though rough and rutted, is now a biking trail adjacent to the Camp Murphy mountain trails. During World War II the land was originally a Signal Corps facility for top-secret training in a new (at the time) technology called "radar." It was transferred to the State in 1947 and the park opened in 1950. (Reported: Dec. 2016)

Location: Martin County (Hobe Sound) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Jupiter Beach and Inlet, Jupiter Lighthouse, Palm Beach
Support and Advocacy: Friends of Jonathan Dickinson State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Jonathan Dickinson Park concessionaire (Hobe Sound)
Real Deal Bicycles (Jupiter)
Bicycle World (Jupiter)

 

See also: Paddling on the Loxahatchee River at Jonathan Dickinson State Park


Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST) - Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST), part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, circles Lake Okeechobee - the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S. - on top of the Herbert Hoover Dike, built for flood control in the 1930's. The trail is used for biking, hiking, fishing, and birdwatching, and there are 14 campgrounds on or adjacent to the trail. The surface consists of both paved and gravel portions. The trail is not continuous, but diverts onto roadways around locks.

More details, map and photos here

Lake Okeechobee

Miami's South Beach - Tour the Art Deco district and enjoy quirky South Beach by bike. The beach has a walking/bike trail etched out in the sand. Miami has expanded its bike-friendly transportation initiatives, a bike route over the Venetian Causeway connects South Beach to Downtown. (Reported: Jan. 2011)

Location: Dade County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Miami and Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Holocaust Museum, Botanical Gardens, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami Seaquarium

More information:
Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation Bike Trails


Oleta River State Park - Located on upper Biscayne Bay in the middle of the vast Miami metropolitan area, Oleta River State Park is a wonderful getaway, offering a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Florida's largest urban park - it is well known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, but also includes a paved bike trail that circles the park, a great way to explore. Bike rentals (along with kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals) are available from the park concessionaire, BG Oleta River. Parking, restrooms, white sand beach, paddling launch (no motors), picnicking, camping, hiking. (Reported: Dec. 2017)

Location: Miami-Dade County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: North Miami: The Ancient Spanish Monastery and Church of St. Bernard De Clairvaux, Enchanted Forest Park; Miami and Miami Beach
Support and Advocacy: Friends of Oleta River State Park

More information:
Florida State Parks - Oleta River State Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
BG Oleta River Outdoor Center


Palm Beach Lake Trail - Glimpse the lifestyles of the rich and famous biking along Palm Beach's Lake trail. The trail runs along the Intracoastal Waterway passing by the backyards of mansions and including several historic sites including the oldest standing home in Palm Beach. From near the Flagler Memorial Bridge (Quadrille Avenue), the north trail runs about 3.5 miles, the south trail about a mile. Park on any of the side streets adjacent to the trail. An easy ride. (Reported: March 2013)

Location: Palm Beach County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Palm Beach, Henry Flagler Mansion and Museum, Peanut Island

More Information:
Discover the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Lake Trail

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Palm Beach Bicycle Trail Shop (Palm Beach)
Family Bicycle (Lake Worth)


Riverbend Park - This 680 acre Palm Beach County park features 10 miles of hiking/biking trails, 7 miles of equestrian trails, 5 miles of kayaking/canoeing trails on the Loxahatchee River, and picnic facilities - a great place for a family outing. The compacted shell trails are an easy ride even for skinny tires. An outfitter at the park rents both kayaks/canoes and bicycles. The Park's long history spans 5,000 years from the native Indian Archaic period to the Seminole and the influx of European settlers in the 1800's - visit the Cracker Farmstead and sawmill, and the Seminole Village and chickees. An adjacent area is Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, site of the Powell's Battle and Jesup's Battle, skirmishes between the Seminole Indians and the U.S. Military in 1838. (Reported: March 2013)

Location: Palm Beach County (Jupiter) (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Loxahatchee River, Jonathan Dickinson State Park

More Information:
Palm Beach County - Riverbend Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Canoe Outfitters  at the Park also rents bikes

 

See also: Paddling on the Loxahatchee River at Riverbend Park


Shark Valley Trail, The Everglades - a Top 10 Florida bike trail.

Shark Valley is truly one of the most unforgettable bicycle rides in America, if not the world. Located off the Tamiami Trail (US 41) near the Miccosukee Indian Reservation west of Miami, Shark Valley is a 14.5 mile paved loop traveled by bike, foot or tram. Bikes can be rented at the Visitor Center, or bring your own.

More details, map and photos here

Shark Valley Trail, The Everglades

West Lake Park - Located between Hollywood and Dania Beach, FL, this large urban park includes about 3 miles of mangrove preserve adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Just under a mile of paved biking and walking trails wind through the southern section of the park (south of Sheridan Street). While not a destination bike trail, this is a popular park, with picnicking, ball courts, dock and fishing platform, and a small marina with canoe, kayak rentals and tours. Parking is free during the week. It is often used by cyclists for parking and meet-ups for the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk - about a mile ride beside (but not on) Sheridan St. and over the Intracoastal Waterway. (Reported: Dec. 2017)

Location: Broward County (See map )
Nearby points of interest: Anne Kolb Nature Center, Hollywood Beach, Dania Beach, Miami

More Information:
Broward County - West Lake Park

Bike Shops/Rentals:
Lee's Bicycle Shop (Hollywood)

See also: Paddling at West Lake Park



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