Get Outdoors on Miami’s Best Biking Trails

Oleta

Oleta River State Park

Key Biscayne

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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 8 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 mountain biking while surrounded by water

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park

Historic Virginia Key Beach Park (VKBP), just north of Key Biscayne, may be considered one of the best biking trail options in Miami. Once Miami’s only “Colored Beach” dating back to the 1940’s, this park has a long cultural history. VKBP was the only beach during that time allowing African American, Blacks and dark-skinned Hispanics to hang out and swim. Now a restored gem where everyone is welcomed, the park sits on 82.5 acres of lush land located on the barrier island of Key Biscayne. It is an environmental space that has families and cyclists in mind. Less than a mile from bustling Downtown Miami, this park offers uninterrupted ocean views with a pleasant breeze to keep the sweat off your brows.

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 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 bermed 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 is the newest addition, with 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.

You can even rent your bikes here at the Virginia Key Outdoor Center in case you didn't happen to bring yours along.

This park is ultra family-oriented with over a mile-long beach area, picnic pavilion, a playground, historic mini-train overlooking the ocean and a seaside carousel. If you’re lucky enough to visit during sea turtle nesting season, which is May through October, you can possibly get a glimpse of baby turtles making their way toward the pristine shoreline – one of nature’s wonders!  

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