The Commodore Trail (Route #1) is a varied ride through scenic neighborhoods and central Coconut Grove, passing several parks and historic sites. It connects to Old Cutler Trail at the south end and to Rickenbacker Trail at the north. The path meanders roadside along several roads (we were glad for the route markers), and varies along the way from dedicated trail, to narrow sidewalk, to bike lane, to shoulder to shared roadway with many road crossings and driveways. Be aware as you go, there is a lot of traffic and sometimes the bike route shares the road. A citizen initiative is underway to improve the trail, making it a safer ride in this lovely area. (Detailed map and photos below.)
Bike Map... Commodore Trail
Location: Dade County (Coconut Grove, Coral Gables)
End Points: Cocoplum Road (Ingraham Park) to Brickell Ave. (Alice Wainright Park)
Mileage: 5.5 miles
Surface: Asphalt, paver
Nearby points of interest: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Barnacle Historic State Park, Peacock Park, David Kennedy Park, Alice Wainright Park
The south end of the trail is at Cocoplum Circle, with parking and connection to Old Cutler Trail. Start the ride by crossing the bridge over historic Coral Gables Waterway to scenic Ingraham Park and continue through residential areas along Edgewater Dr., Douglas Rd. and Main Hwy. Main Hwy. then leads into central Coconut Grove with restaurants, shops, galleries, churches, hotels and parks. In this section, the trail runs on both road shoulder and dedicated path.
Turning off McFarlane and onto S. Bayshore Dr., this section goes along the bayfront and through several parks. Bike paths run through Kenneth Myers Park, and at David Kennedy Park the trail continues as the Siegendorf Bicycle Path, paved with shaved tires. Bayshore Dr. becomes S. Miami Ave. where the trail passes Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. The trail here varies from dedicated path, to sidewalk, to shoulder.
At SE 32nd St. turn east to Brickell Ave. and follow the shared roadway to Alice Wainwright Park. At the north end, the trail exits through a gate onto Rickenbacker Causeway and link to the Richenbacker Trail.
Historical footnote: The trail is named for Commodore Ralph Munroe, a founder of Coconut Grove. His home, the oldest in its original location in Miami-Dade County (1891), is now The Barnacle Historic State Park.
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