Miami Bike Paths Guide

 

Where to go for a bike ride in Miami-Dade County

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By Caroline Lamarre

Growing up in Miami, riding a bike was my primary source of true neighborhood exploration. Countless hours spent outside discovering surroundings: which trees to climb, where the best parks were, finding hidden roads. It was a new adventure every day.

But at some point, we all paused on exploring those curiosities – and we all got a car.

Now it’s time to get back out there on those two-wheelers and start exploring. Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami have been working over the past few years to incorporate bike trails and bike friendly lanes to accomodate all users of our roadways.

Here is a guide to some our favorite bike trails in Miami.


NORTH MIAMI / AVENTURA


Oleta River State Park
3400 N.E. 163rd Street, North Miami
Cost: $2 entry by bike, $6 entry by car
Best time to go: Year round
Paved or Off-Road: 15 miles of off-road, mountain bike trails
Style of Bike: Mountain Bike
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, bug spray, snacks and a camera to take pictures amongst the wetlands, tree hammocks, river and Biscayne Bay. Picnic tables along the way to stop and take a breath. There are also paved trails around the park, but the trails are the headliner.

Snake Trail
South of Snake Creek Canal from NE Miami Gardens Dr. in North Miami Beach to Florida's Turnpike in Miami Gardens.
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 3 miles of paved road
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Neighborhood trail in Miami Gardens. Easy ride. Greynolds Park and the Spanish Monestary Gardens  are nearby and worth checking out!


COCONUT GROVE / CORAL GABLES / KEY BISCAYNE


(For the adventurous cyclist, the Rickenbacker Trail, Commodore Trail, Old Cutler Trail and Biscayne Trail all link together for a ride totalling  approximately 27 miles)

Rickenbacker Trail
Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 8.5 miles of paved roads (bike lane and wide sidewalks)
Style of Bike: All (Although a bicycle with gears will help in climbing the Powell Bridge)
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen, camera and snacks. It’s a gorgeous ride overlooking Brickell and Key Biscayne. Virginia Key, Miami Seaquarium, Crandon Park and Bill Baggs State Park are additional stops along the trail.

Virginia Key
Virginia Key, Key Biscayne
Cost: Free entry by bike, $5 entry by car on weekends
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 4 miles of rock/gravel trail
Style of Bike: Mountain Bike
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen, camera and snacks. This trail winds through tree hammocks, coves and beaches. Grab a drink at the interestingly famous water front establishment Jimbo’s.

Crandon Park
6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne
Cost: Free entry on bike, $5 per car on weekdays, $6 per car on weekends
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: Few miles of paved sidewalk
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen, camera and if you’re interested in tanning the beautiful flat beaches are to your east. The nature center is located at the beginning of the North Beach entrance.


Bill Baggs State Park
1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
Cost: $2 entry by bike, $8 by car
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 1.5 miles of flat, unpaved trail
Style of Bike: All
Good for solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: The trail will bring you through the trees and past the views of Biscayne Bay. Stop by the the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest structure in South Florida, for a free tour Thursdays through Monday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Grab a bite to eat at Lighthouse Cafe. Bicycle rentals on-site for $5 - 15/hour.


Commodore Trail
Coconut Grove, FL
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 5 miles of paved trail
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Commodore trail takes you along historic South Miami Ave., Bayshore Dr., Main Highway and Douglas Road. Alice Wainwright Park, Museum of Science/Planetarium, Vizcaya Museum, Kennedy Park, Peacock Park, and the Barnacle Historic State Park  are along the way and worthy of checking out.


Old Cutler Trail
Cocoplum Circle, Coral Gables
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 11 miles of paved trail
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen and snacks as this trail takes you through a Coral Gables neighborhood. Calm and beautiful ride under the Banyan trees along Old Cutler Road. Take the time to visit these stops along the way:  Matheson Hammock Park  (you can also bike through here for beautiful Biscayne Bay views), Fairchild Tropical Garden, Pinecrest Gardens (Farmers Market on Sundays in the summer months), and The Deering Estate.


Biscayne Trail
From the end of the Old Cutler Trail, head east on 87th Ave. to begin the Biscayne Trail in Palmetto Bay
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 2.7 miles of paved trail
Style of Bike: All
Good for solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen and snacks as this trail takes you through another South Miami-Dade neighborhood. The Biscayne Trail also cross over the Black Creek Trail .


Black Creek Trail
SW 137th Ave and SW 184th St., near Zoo Miami.
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 8.7 miles of paved trail
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen and snacks as this trail takes you through another South Miami-Dade neighborhood. The Black Creek Trail crosses by the Old Cutler Trail and Biscayne Trail and leads into Black Point Park and Marina. At the marina, you will have the chance to spot manatees, alligators and birds and grab some snacks at the restaurant.

M Path Trail
Florida City to Downtown Miami, under the Metrorail System
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 30 miles of paved road
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: Not the prettiest trail in Miami, but efficient if you want to avoid the US 1 traffic and your office has a shower! (Or you can bike to the Metrorail stop of your choice, and ride our lovely transit system into Brickell and Downtown Miami.)

Biscayne-Everglades Greenway Trail
Everglades National Park, Florida City
Cost: $10 by car, valid for one week
Best time to go: Year Round (though expect to be attacked by mosquitoes in the summer months)
Paved or Off-Road: 45 miles paved/gravel roads
Style of Bike: Mountain Bike
Solo riders or groups: Both (though I would say this is when you might need a buddy system!)
Notes: The only bike trail in the world that connects two National Parks! (Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park). The trail will also travel through Florida City, City of Homestead, and surrounding farming areas. Bring water, sunscreen and snacks.


Southern Glades Trail
Southern Glades Wildlife and Environmental Area
Runs north and south along the C-111 Canal right-of-way, from Ingraham Highway/State Road 9336 to U.S. 1/South Dixie Highway
Cost: Free
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 13 miles unpaved roads
Style of Bike: Mountain
Solo riders or groups: Both (safety in numbers)
Notes: No bathrooms along  trail. Bring sunscreen, water, snacks, bug repellent, and a cell phone (in case of emergency)


WEST KENDALL / EVERGLADES


Shark Valley
US Hwy 41, 25 miles off the Florida Turnpike
Cost: $10 by car, valid for one week
Best time to go: Year Round (mosquitos in attack mode in the summer time)
Paved or Off-Road: 15 miles of paved roads
Style of Bike: All
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: At the halfway point there is an observation tower which overlooks the calm tranquility of the Everglades. Bring sunscreen, water, snacks (gummy bears will not suffice during this 2-3 hour trail) and remember not to feed the alligators!

HIALEAH / MIAMI LAKES


Amelia Earhart Park
401 E 65 Street, Hialeah
Cost: Free entry arriving by bike, $6 entry arriving by car
Best time to go: Year Round
Paved or Off-Road: 8 miles unpaved trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders
Style of Bike: Mountain
Solo riders or groups: Both
Notes: This park also has a lake, mini-farm, soccer fields and a dog park. Bring sunscreen, water, and enjoy snacks on the lake front.


COMMUNITY BIKE EVENTS


So maybe you can’t get out to those trails all of the time due to work, or traffic, or some other lame excuse that had your bike helmet catching some serious dust. Well these community events may just be the perfect opportunity to schedule some ride time in your Google calendar.

BIKE MIAMI DAYS
Community bike rides throughout Brickell/Downtown Miami.
These events generally take place once a month on a select Saturday morning/afternoon.
The rides are free and encourage local residents to ride around and appreciate the sites of our city. Please check website for upcoming events.


CRITICAL MASS MIAMI
Starts at Government Center, Downtown Miami (locations do vary, please check website for updates).
Critical Mass Miami is held on the last Friday evening of every month. This is a free community ride through different areas of Miami. The monthly ride map is posted on their website along with meet time and other suggestions. Bring water, camera, bike lights and cash. The ride usually ends at a local bar/pub where everyone stays for a few rounds.


MIAMI BIKE POLO

Fridays, 7 p.m. at Jose Marti Park in West Brickell
Bicycle polo is a free, team sport played similarly to horse polo, but on a bike! Your own team is not necessary as plenty of riders come solo and join teams.

For additional biking information/news in Miami, check out the South Florida Bike Coalition.

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