Best Florida Bike Trails

best florida bike trailsEight Places to go Biking in Florida

Florida naturally flatter terrain makes it all the better for biking! This low-impact cardio workout is a favorite activity of many, and is a great way to stay in shape, get around, and get outside. Best of all, Florida has plenty of hot spots for biking.

Here are eight of the best Florida bike trails. Happy riding!

florida bike trail1. Suncoast Trail

The Suncoast Trail spans 42 miles through the counties of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Hernando. Each trailhead includes its own parking, and you can find benches, picnic tables, and water stations all along the path. Make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife as you pass by the scenic Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve.

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2. Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail

Starting at Gainesville’s Boulware Springs Park, the 16-mile Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a perfect place for cycling. During your ride, you’ll head through the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park featuring gorgeous meadows on either side. Plus, you can bring your four-legged friends with you on this pet-friendly path.

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sanibel island florida bike trails3. Sanibel Island Trail

Sanibel Island may be known for its shelling and white sand beaches, but it also boasts 25 miles of bike trails. We recommend starting near Sanibel Lighthouse and heading west along Periwinkle Way. From there, you can head west following Sanibel-Captiva Road, or go down to Gulf Drive along the beach.

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4. Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail

One thing we love about the Tampa Bay area? It’s home to several of Florida’s best bike trails, including the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. It’s one of the most popular trails in the state and extends from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs. While we admit our opinion could be slightly biased, we still think this trail is the best way to travel through downtown Dunedin and Clearwater.

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5. Withlacoochee State Trail

Making its way through rural Florida, the Withlacoochee State Trail stretches 46 miles, making it one of the state’s longest trails. You can travel the entire expanse from Citrus Springs to Dade City, or take your time and traverse the trail one section at a time.

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6. Nature Coast State Trail

In quiet reaches of North Florida lies the Nature Coast State Trail. Easily one of the best Florida bike trails, this 32-mile paved trail winds through lush forest. Be sure to stop in Trenton to explore the local businesses of this quaint Florida town.

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7. Legacy Trail

Stretching from South Sarasota to Venice, the Legacy Trail is a great place to bike in southeast Florida. We recommend starting or ending your ride at Culverhouse Nature Park so you can check out the local wilderness.

The Legacy Trail has also been undergoing an extension project, a major undertaking. Make sure you stay up-to-date on the latest progress!

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shark valley bike trail8. Shark Valley Trail

You’ll have to make a special trip to get to the Shark Valley Trail, but it’s oh so worth it. This rustic path follows the tram road through Everglades National Park. Along your ride, you might see alligators, herons, turtles, and more. You don’t want to miss out on this incredible experience!

 

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