Growing up in Miami, riding a bike was my primary source of true neighborhood exploration. I spent countless hours 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 stopped or slowed down 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 to incorporate bike trails and bike-friendly lanes to accommodate 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 NE 163rd St., North Miami
Cost: $2 entry by bike, $6 entry by car
Paved or Off-Road: 15 miles of off-road, mountain bike trails
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 Northeast Miami Gardens Drive in North Miami Beach to Florida’s Turnpike in Miami Gardens.
Paved or Off-Road: 3 miles of paved road
Notes: Neighborhood trail in Miami Gardens. Easy ride. Greynolds Park and the Spanish Monastery Gardens are nearby and worth checking out.
AND 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
Paved or Off-Road: 8.5 miles of paved roads (bike lane and wide sidewalks)
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, on Virginia Key, Key Biscayne
Cost: Free entry by bike, $5 entry by car on weekends
Paved or Off-Road: 4 miles of rock/gravel trail; best for mountain bikes
Notes: Bring water, sunscreen, camera and snacks. This trail winds through tree hammocks, coves and beaches. Grab a drink at Jimbo’s.
• Crandon Park, 6747 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne
Cost: Free entry on bike, $5 per car on weekdays, $6 per car on weekends
Paved or Off-Road: Few miles of paved sidewalk
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
Paved or Off-Road: 1.5 miles of flat, unpaved trail
Notes: The trail will bring you through the trees and past the views of Biscayne Bay. Stop by the Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest structure in South Florida, for a tour. Grab a bite to eat at Lighthouse Cafe. Bicycle rentals on-site for $5 - 15/hour.