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Go Cycling in Miami on the City’s Best Bike Trails

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With great weather year-round and many outdoor attractions, Miami-Dade is full of bike trails that offer a different way to experience this bustling city. From fat tire bikes to tandem bicycles, a wide variety of rental outfitters will have you out on the road (or beach!) in no time.

Virtually every part of the greater Miami area is open to cyclists. Ride along the shoreline of Miami Beach or head over the causeway to reach nearby islands like Key Biscayne. Whether you’re looking for a mellow ride or more of a challenge, Miami’s amazing bike trails are sure to delight cyclists of all levels. Keep reading for a look at our favorite local trails!

Oleta River State Park

Located in North Miami Beach, Oleta River State Park boasts over 1,000 acres of land with 10+ miles of bike trails for beginners and more advanced cyclists. You can find 3 miles of paved trails to ride your road bike, but if you’re looking for a more challenging adventure, we suggest renting a mountain bike to explore the off-road bike trails. From smooth dirt to rocky terrain, there are plenty of routes to keep you busy.

On your ride, keep an eye out for wildlife like white-tailed deer, snakes, and even tortoises. Some trails offer a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay or city skyline views. Ride your bike into the park to save on the entrance fee – it’s just $2 for those on bikes compared to $6 for cars.

Ocean Drive

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Without a doubt the most well-known South Beach landmark, Ocean Drive is home to trendy shops, cafes, and gorgeous 1930s art deco buildings. Palm trees line the street and pastel-colored houses add to the tropical charm of the neighborhood.

Although Ocean Drive can get a little crowded, it’s still a wonderful place to ride your bike in Miami because the traffic moves very slowly. If you’re uneasy about riding your bike on the road, Ocean Drive is a good place to get some practice! There are so many places to stop to grab a bite to eat or do some shopping. We suggest visiting during the week or early morning to avoid some of the hustle and bustle.

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Commodore Trail

This 5-mile paved route winds along South Miami Ave., Bayshore Dr., and Douglas Road. The meandering Commodore Trail takes riders through Coconut Grove and Coral Gables on one of the most scenic stretches of roadway in the city.

Along the way, ride through lush neighborhoods and see historic landmarks like the Vizcaya Museum. There are several nice parks to stop for a water break, including Kennedy Park and the Barnacle Historic State Park. If you’re looking for a longer ride, the Commodore Trail links up with the Rickenbacker Trail on Brickell Avenue.

Rickenbacker Trail

Just across the Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne beckons. This tiny barrier island has amazing beaches and luxury resorts, as well as a coastal barrier reef with an underwater archaeological trail that’s great for scuba divers.

The 9-mile Rickenbacker Trail takes cyclists over the causeway and onto the island, extending the length of Key Biscayne. Enjoy views of the bay, the Miami skyline, and incredible sandy beaches. See the famous Cape Florida Lighthouse and other sights.

Old Cutler Trail

This Miami bicycle route spans 13.5 miles through the charming neighborhoods of Coral Gables. Ficus and banyan trees offer shade, and you can enjoy even more lush plants and trees at two gardens along the route. Fairchild Tropical Garden and Pinecrest Gardens are beautiful attractions you don’t want to miss.

The Old Cutler Trail is one of Miami’s best bike routes for beginners or anyone looking for a leisurely ride. Start at the northern trailhead at the Old Cutler Road traffic circle or begin your ride at the southern trailhead at the junction of Old Cutler Road and SW 87th Avenue.

Atlantic Greenway Trail

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Often referred to as America’s Riviera, Miami Beach is a beautiful place to ride a bike. You can cruise oceanfront paths for your entire ride! The Atlantic Greenway Trail starts at South Pointe Beach and Pier, the southernmost tip of Miami Beach, where you’ll find a quaint park with great ocean views.

From there, ride north with the beach on your right and bars and restaurants to your left. You’ll ride past parks, sculptures, water stations, and public restrooms on the red and orange patterned concrete trail. After about 4 miles, the bike path turns into the Miami Beach Boardwalk, where riding bikes is prohibited. This short, easy ride is a fun way to get acquainted with the Miami Beach shoreline.

Planning to ride on the beach? Fat tire bikes offer more grip in the sand.

Amelia Earhart Park

Named after Amelia Earhart, the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, this sprawling park in Hialeah is home to 8 miles of looped biking trails for beginners and intermediate riders. You’ll want to rent a mountain bike if you’re planning to ride here.

The single track trails have fun downhills and banked turns for an undulating ride you won’t forget. If you’re looking for a nice introduction to mountain biking or a leisurely ride with friends, the fire road trails have enough room for two cyclists to ride side by side with less challenging terrain.

Find more things to do in Miami! See the city from the water, ride a Segway, or sample the best food in the city.