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Sanibel Island Bike Trails

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Sanibel Island features 22 miles of paved trails, including the Rabbit Road Trail, Dixie Beach Road, Middle Gulf Cemetery Route, and Bailey Road-Dunes Circle. Cyclists also can ride Wildlife Drive, a 4.3-mile limestone road through the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Stop at the Sanibel Visitors Center and pick up a biking brochure. Trails lead to the lighthouse, beaches, restaurants, and shopping. A bike trail runs along Periwinkle Way, the main road, making restaurants and shops easily accessible by bike. There are many bicycle racks to make parking easy. (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Mileage: About 22 miles
Surface: Asphalt, 6' - 8'
Location: Lee County (See map)
Nearby points of interest: J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Captiva Island, Bailey Matthews Shell Museum, Ft. Myers, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter home sites

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Parking a car on Sanibel Island can be problematic. Public parking is based on an hourly fee and on a busy weekend, a parking spot can be almost impossible to find. But with a bicycle, it's no problem! You can park for free along the causeway, or 0.3 miles from the end of the causeway at the Visitor's Center (free bike trail maps). This also places you conveniently near the center of the island.

Periwinkle Way and Sanibel-Captiva Rd.

A trail spur leads from the causeway to Periwinkle, then a trail runs along the roadway with little to no shade. Along Periwinkle Way are shops and restaurants, watch for business crossings. Lighthouse and fishing pier are at the east end.

San-Cap (west to Captiva Island) is more remote. Captiva Island has bike lanes, but no off-road trails.

Middle Gulf Dr. / Casa Ybel Rd. / West Gulf Dr.

Trails on Sanibel mostly follow roadways. This ride has several beach access points - the beach at Tarpon Bay has both restrooms, and inside showers(!). Off Middle Gulf Dr. to Casa Ybel, there's a natural area and spur passing the old cemetery.

Rabbit Road Trail

Short but scenic .8 mile trail between W. Gulf Dr. and Sanibel-Captiva Rd., about .4 miles east of Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.

J.N. "Ding" Darling Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Drive is 4.3 miles one-way on bumpy pavement, but after a curved 2 miles, bikes can take the smoother, hard-packed Indigo Trail back to the entrance (3.7 miles round-trip). Visit the Education Center for interactive exhibits and bookstore. Fee charged. The drive is closed on Fridays.

Ft. Myers Beach

Nearby, wide Ft. Myers Beach is ride-able at low tide. In Ft. Myers, check-out the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford winter home sites. Fort Myers Beach is developing a master plan for bike-pedestrian use, so we'll watch for more biking opportunities to come in the area.

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