Get Outdoors on Miami’s Best Biking Trails


Oleta River State Park

Key Biscayne

Crandon Park

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By: Melina Martinez-Echeverria

Not only is Miami known for beautiful weather year-round, but also for its plethora of outdoor activities, with biking quickly becoming a major pastime. From novice trails to technical obstacles, Miami is an ideal destination for biking and will take you on the ride of your life! Whether you’re just trying out the sport for fun or conquering that challenging trail for bragging rights, options abound. So snap on your helmet and check out these cool routes to get your blood pumping!

Oleta River State Park
Bike down winding trails at Oleta River State Park.

Oleta River State Park

An oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Oleta River State Park is located on Biscayne Bay in North Miami Beach. It is Florida’s largest urban park with 1,000 acres of land. Renowned for its 15 miles of off-road cycling trails, from smooth terrain to rocky grounds with plenty of tree roots, you will certainly get your sweat on!

Most routes provide a nicely shaded area and take you either along a path with glittering bay views or urban city views. For the more experienced cyclist, the challenging, Gilligan’s Trail, offers rough grounds to put your skills to the test. This trail can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on your expertise. These trails are for adventure seekers experiencing what Miami looked like before all the skyscrapers and luxury condos.

Oh, and don’t be surprised if you see native wildlife along your path. Oleta Park is home to cottontail rabbits, squirrels, tortoises, white-tailed deer, and even some snakes—it’s all part of the rich wildlife scenery. It’s also a popular spot for kayaking and canoeing, and with nature trails overlooking the shoreline, it’s perfect for a sunrise or sunset hike.

Insider tip: This is a very family-friendly park, so weekends are packed with bikers. If you're a beginner, it’s recommended you go during the week. Bike rentals are also available. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sundown.

Amelia Earhart
Meet the farm animals after a day of biking at Amelia Earhart Park.

Amelia Earhart Park

Amelia Earhart Park is bursting with activities for the outdoor enthusiast, including miles of cycling trails. Named after the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart Park offers a bit of everything including fun bike trails for both beginners and advanced riders. Located in Hialeah, the park offers eight miles of heavily trafficked loop pathways. This is a great park for beginners and the perfect place to get a feel for mountain biking.

The trails include single track, preferred by serious mountain bikers, as they’re usually designed specifically for the sport with climbs, downhills, and banked corners. You’ll also find fire road trails which are double-track and wide enough for four-wheeled off-road vehicles. These roads are smooth and flowing, with a nice lake view to enjoy along the way. Amelia Earhart’s cycling trails are considered moderate for the beginner to intermediate rider.

Another feature of the park is the Bill Graham Farm Village, a farm replica where you can watch horseshoeing, cow-milking, sheep shearing, livestock judging, and a pony ring. It also has a petting zoo, paved walkways, a beach area and picnic facilities, plus bike rentals are available. This park is very family-friendly, keeping everyone entertained for hours. You’re sure to have a fun day here!

Virginia Key
Enjoy the thrills of biking with views of the water.

Virginia Key Beach North Point Park

Virginia Key Beach North Point Park, just north of Key Biscayne may be considered one of the best biking trail options in Miami. It is home to the Virginia Key Outdoor Center (VKOC), a full-service outdoor recreation center that offers visitors a chance to experience Miami’s only mountain bike trails. The mountain trails are situated on the north end of the key and were built to allow all levels of cyclists to enjoy the thrills of mountain biking, while being surrounded by nature and water. There are three distinct levels of trails at Virginia Key Beach North Point Park - novice, intermediate, and advanced. Each trail has a qualifier, which basically means if you can maneuver your way through the first 20 feet of a trail, you should not have any problems with the rest of it.

The novice trail is flat and perfect for practice riding. The intermediate trail has climbs, drops and moderate elevation changes with beamed corners meant to test your balance. However, if what you want is to test your skills, then the advanced course offers technical climbs with fast descents. You’ll encounter bridges, exposed rocks and hairpin turns to satisfy your addiction. The Purple Haze bike trail, has 0.6 miles of an adrenaline rush! A wooden wall, rock garden, overpass with obstacles, drops and bumpy terrain, are sure to challenge even the most expert rider.

In addition to the miles of trails, VKOC also provides visitors with a variety of different outdoor experiences, including paddleboard and kayak tours, fishing trips and snorkeling. You can even rent bikes at the VKOC, in case you didn't happen to bring yours along.

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, the southernmost barrier island on the Atlantic coast, is just a short drive across the Rickenbacker Causeway from South Beach. The island features unforgettable beaches, a nearby coastal barrier reef and an underwater archaeological trail. Although Key Biscayne is known for its underwater marvels, there’s plenty to see on land, too, and bicycling is a perfect way to explore. 

The gem of the island for bicyclists is the nearly 9-mile Rickenbacker Trail, which stretches the length of Key Biscayne. You’ll be rewarded with views of the bay and Miami’s skyline as well as fine beaches and lush island vegetation. Park at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park or Crandon Park to access the trail. There are also bike trails in Crandon Park, with its two miles of oceanfront beach. Bill Baggs State Park has a 1.5-mile paved bike path and unpaved service roads to explore. 

At Bill Baggs, visitors can rent solo bikes or quad bikes from the concession stand near the Lighthouse Cafe. A number of other vendors, including Bluepoint SUP, rent bikes for use on Key Biscayne.

Joining a bicycle tour can be a fun way to see the island’s sights. A number of outfitters offer bike tours of Key Biscayne, including Bike and Roll Miami, which takes cyclists through downtown Miami and the financial district before heading out on the Rickenbacker Causeway for views of the beaches and the iconic Cape Florida lighthouse. 

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