• Commodore Trail, Coconut Grove
Paved or Off-Road: 5 miles of paved trail
Notes: Commodore trail takes you along historic South Miami Avenue, Bayshore Drive, Main Highway and Douglas Road. Alice Wainwright Park, Museum of Science/Planetarium, Vizcaya, Kennedy Park, Peacock Park, and Barnacle Historic State Park are along the way and worth checking out.
• Old Cutler Trail, Cocoplum Circle, Coral Gables
Paved or Off-Road: 11 miles of paved trail
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 Botanic Garden, Pinecrest Gardens and the Deering estate.
• Biscayne Trail, from the end of the Old Cutler Trail, head east on 87th Avennue to begin the Biscayne Trail in Palmetto Bay
Paved or Off-Road: 2.7 miles of paved trail
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, Southwest 137th Avenue and 184th Street, near Zoo Miami.
Paved or Off-Road: 8.7 miles of paved trail
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
Paved or Off-Road: 30 miles of paved road
Info: www.visitflorida.com/en-us/trails/listings/001/a0t40000007qw2GAAQ.html 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
Paved or Off-Road: 45 miles paved/gravel roads
Notes: The only bike trail in the country that connects two national parks (Everglades National Park and Biscayne National Park). The trail also travels through Florida City, Homestead and surrounding farming areas. Bring water, sunscreen and snacks; expect mosquitoes in summer.
• 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
Paved or Off-Road: 13 miles unpaved roads, better for mountain bikes
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 Highway 41, 25 miles off the Florida Turnpike
Cost: $10 by car, valid for one week
Paved or Off-Road: 15 miles of paved roads
Notes: Don’t miss the observation tower which overlooks the Everglades at the midpoint of the trail. Bring sunscreen, water, snacks (gummy bears will not suffice during this 2-3 hour trail) and remember not to feed the alligators. Be prepared for mosquitoes.
HIALEAH, MIAMI LAKES
• Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65th St., Hialeah
Cost: Free entry arriving by bike, $6 entry arriving by car
Paved or Off-Road: 8 miles unpaved trails for beginners, intermediate and advanced riders; better for mountain bikes
Notes: This park also has a lake, mini-farm, soccer fields and a dog park. Bring sunscreen, water, and enjoy snacks on the lakefront.