Explore Florida’s Ten Best Bike Trails

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Explore Florida’s Ten Best Bike Trails

With plenty of sunshine, natural beauty, and unique landscapes, Florida has a variety of trails perfect for a leisurely bike ride. Discover some of the most diverse and scenic trails found in the Sunshine State.

1. Shark Valley Trail, Everglades

The king of trails in Florida, here you can bike with and around alligators in addition to a variety of birds and turtles. A paved loop spanning 15 miles, Shark Valley is one of most unique and memorable trails in the Sunshine State.

2. Withlacoochee State Trail, Dunnellon

A massive 46-mile trail, Withlacoochee gives riders an option to explore Withlacoochee State Forest, Floral City, and Inverness. Here you can ride along Withlacoochee River and miles of natural lands on a wide asphalt-paved trail.

3. Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Pinellas County

Linking fantastic parks, coastal areas, and residential areas, the Pinellas Trail is 38-mile’s alongside some of the most scenic landscapes in Florida. Cruise through Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, and Honeymoon Island State Park for a peaceful and pleasant ride.

4. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Explore quiet wooded areas and winding hills in this 16-mile trail, where bike enthusiasts can ride through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Lochloosa Wildlife Management area. For a scenic pit stop, hike the nearby Paynes Prairie trail to the gorgeous overlook.

5. The Lake Trail, Palm Beach

Perfect for a family ride, bike alongside the mansions of millionaires at this picturesque trail where you will cruise past private docks on the Intracoastal, historical buildings, and the Henry Flagler Museum.

6. Nature Coast Trail, Fanning Springs

Offering 32 miles of paved bike trails, this high-quality trail in North Florida provides stunning views of the Suwannee River near Fanning Springs State Park and Chiefland as you retrace the historic route where trains eventually replaced the steamship.

7. Legacy Trail, Venice

Beginning in Palmer Ranches and running through Sarasota, Oscar Scherer State Park, and downtown Venice, the highlights of this enjoyable 11-mile trail include the Venetian Waterway Park, Intracoastal Waterway, and Casperson Beach.

8. Sanibel Island Bike Trails

With 22 miles of pristine trails, bikers will enjoy exploring nearby Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge for its diverse bird watching in addition to cruising alongside Sanibel’s lighthouse, beaches, and quaint roadside attractions.

9. Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

Tree-lined and away from traffic noise, this trail is full of natural landscapes. Here you’ll find stunning pine flatwoods, wetlands, and hardwood uplands in addition to a variety of wildlife such as hawks, wild turkey, and turtles.

10. West Orange Trail, Winter Garden

Locals love the West Orange Trail, as it runs through urban and suburban sections of Orange County. A highlight includes the route from old Winter Garden to the trailhead at Killarney Station with many interesting sites along the way.

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