UPDATED OCT 1, 2019
We know, we know — Miami isn’t the most bike-friendly city, but luckily, it does have more than a dozen unique bike routes that’ll take you through the Everglades, along the ocean, and even underneath the Metrorail. Switch up your regular route with one of these essential Miami trails.
Perfect for the adventurous biker, Oleta State River Park offers more than 14 miles of challenging, off-road mountain bike trails. Don’t sweat it if you’re a beginner, though — there are more than four miles of novice trails, three of which are paved. Whichever path you decide to take, though, you’ll wind through mangrove creeks, towering pines, and along the Intracoastal Waterway.
Linking North Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, this 6.5-mile route is ideal if a picturesque, low-key cruise is what you're after. Traveling past towering palm tree and tranquil lakes, this mostly paved path is great for beginner cyclists. There are also several outdoor fitness stations peppered along the way in case you want to throw some bodyweight exercises into the mix. Plus, you’ll pass by Greynolds Park and the Spanish Monastery Gardens, both of which are worth a quick detour.
One of the most beautiful bike paths in the city is no doubt along the Rickenbacker Causeway. Stretching a little over five miles, you’ll score a gorgeous ride through a few of Miami’s barrier islands, including Virginia Key and Key Biscayne and enjoy killer views of the Downtown Miami skyline and neighboring Miami Beach. If you have some extra time, wear a bathing suit and take a dip in the ocean at Bill Baggs State Park, which is set up at the tip of Key Biscayne (where the route ends).
Another scenic bike path, the Miami Beach Boardwalk is ideal for a leisurely ride. Start at Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and hit the route for about four miles through Ocean Drive to reach South Pointe Park. Once you’re there, take a few minutes to enjoy the view of Miami Beach’s southernmost tip. You may even catch a cruise ship leaving shore or a manatee swimming by.
We’re still waiting for The Underline to transform the land underneath Miami’s Metrorail into a linear park and urban trail. In the meantime, break out your bike and check out the progress for yourself. From Brickell to South Miami, use the Metrorail as your guide and conquer a 10-mile ride in either direction. Take it up and notch, and circle back to tackle a solid 20 miles.
If you’re looking for a quick mountain bike trail, head to Virginia Key Beach Park for a little off-roading. This part-rock, part-gravel route journeys through tree hammocks, beaches, and coves. Just keep an eye out for other bikers as these trails tend to get crowded. And when you want to cool off after your ride, the beach isn't far away.
Make it a half bike, half beach day with a ride through Bill Baggs State Park. Loop around on 1.5 miles of flat, unpaved trail, and then spend a few hours hanging out on the park’s semi-private beaches. And, if you’re into history, check out the Cape Florida Lighthouse, which dates back to the 1800s and is the oldest structure in South Florida.
This area of Miami has no shortage of bike trails, so chances are you’ll be back more than once. Explore the oldest neighborhood in the city by winding through the five-mile Commodore Trail, the 6.6-mile Grove loop, and the 11-mile-long Old Cutler Road. The best part? They all connect, making it easy to turn a five-mile ride into an exciting 20-plus-mile trek — if you’re up for it, of course.
Crossing the Biscayne Bay between mainland Miami and Miami Beach, this route allows you to cycle along one of the most picturesque roads in South Florida. The Venetian Causeway runs a few miles each way and will have you flying past some of the most expensive (and beautiful) waterfront mansions in the entire city. Do pay attention, though, as there's plenty of car traffic and pedestrians that you'll have to share the road with.
With unpaved trails that are suitable for beginner and intermediate riders, the Amelia Earhart Park Mountain Biking Trail is perfect for exploring deep inside hardwood hammock forests of the park. Plus, it features different routes based on skill level, speed, and mileage. If you don’t have a bike of your own, rent one from Genesis Mountain Bike Rentals, which is on-site. After you’ve explored one of the trails on two wheels, stick around and enjoy the park’s soccer field, a small farm, large lake, and bark park.
Found near the Miami Metro Zoo and extending nearly nine miles, the Black Creek Trail runs right through the South Dade Trail and the Biscayne Trail, leading you directly to the Black Pointe Park and Marina. It travels through wetlands and forests, and offers a fair amount of shade, which is great on one of those hot Miami days. Fitt Tip: Stop for a refuel at the marina, and then continue on toward Biscayne National Park, which is only a few minutes away.
Set up in the Everglades, the Long Pine Key Trails aren’t just for runners. For cyclists looking to spice up their weekly ride, these trails offer more than 22 miles of unpaved open road to explore. However, you'll want to make sure to watch where you’re going, because the routes aren’t well maintained and may be covered with tree branches and other debris.
Another Everglades trail, Shark Valley is one of the best ways to experience the swamp. The 15-mile paved road is flat and free of rough terrain, making it easy for just about any type of cyclist. Keep a close eye out for wildlife, including alligators, birds, and turtles, which tend to hand out on the outskirts of the trail. Fitt Tip: Be sure you’re prepared for the heat, which can become intense out on this Everglades trail. We recommend bringing plenty of water — you won’t encounter any fountains along the way.
The now-abandoned Florida East-Coast Railway is in the process of transforming into Ludlam Trail, a linear park with bike paths, art installations, and other public green space hangouts. Near Southwest 70th Avenue, the trail will connect multiple Miami neighborhoods and provide cyclists and pedestrians a car-free way to get around the city. Though the project is far from complete, once it is, it'll be a welcome addition to the city.
When you want to escape the city for awhile, grab your bike and hit the 13-mile-long Southern Glades Trail in Miami-Dade County. Traveling along the C-111 canal, you'll be met with grassy shorelines and wide open expanses. If you're tackling this trail, you'll want to make sure your ride is a mountain bike or some sort of hybrid as this path is gravel. Fitt Tip: Bring along some snacks and water, there aren't any places to refuel along this route.