From bike trails to state parks, the best places to ride your bike in South Florida are also the safest. Why? They are away from cars and traffic!
If you’re riding your bike for fun, consider some of these spots to keep yourself safe. If you’re riding your bike for work or transportation, read and follow our safety tips for bicyclists!
Halpatiokee Regional Park
As the largest park in Martin County, Halpatiokee Regional Park has 65 acres of public spaces and is surrounded by approximately 500 acres of wetland preserve area. The park also has miles of trails for hiking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy the lush natural scenery and may see longnose gar, shiners, alligators, river otters, and other animals!
Seabranch Preserve State Park
Seabranch Preserve State Park is filled with a variety of natural habitats and over 4 miles of trails. The paved East Coast Greenway is an ideal place to ride your bike and catch bald eagles, Florida Scrub Jays, and other birds overhead – and keep an eye out for gopher tortoises in the amazing landscapes that surround you.
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
Cycle near the Loxahatchee River as you ride through Jonathan Dickinson State Park just south of Stuart, FL. You can ride on a paved trail or have fun with off-road biking, and (you guessed it), you will probably see some wildlife, including rare and endangered animals!
The Lake Trail in Palm Beach
Ride through the backyards of millionaires on the Palm Beach Lake Trail, one of the most scenic and best-paved bike trails in South Florida. The 5-mile ride passes through former homes of U.S. presidents, magnificent mansions, and private docks – all with postcard-like views.
Savannas Preserve State Park
Savannas Preserve State Park is a preserved basin marsh with over 15 miles of multi-use trails. Ride your bike here and see what South Florida looked like before rapid suburban growth.
Cypress Creek Natural Area
When you visit the Cypress Creek natural area, you can cycle across 2 counties through some of the most scenic environments nature has to offer. The area is home to 7 of Florida’s native ecosystems.
Within the Cypress Creek natural area, you will find the Jesup trail. You can enter this trail from the Cypress Creek trailhead on Indiantown Road, and you will ride past an abandoned citrus grove filled with oranges and grapefruits
Rio Nature Park
Rio Nature Park is a small nature preserve along the St. Lucie River. This short trail is a hidden gem that is rarely crowded so you can relax and enjoy the weather.
Shark Valley Loop in the Everglades National Park
A favorite of South Florida cyclists and tourists alike, Shark Valley loop runs through the Everglades National Park. The paved trail is 20 feet wide and 15-miles long, and if you ride slow, you’re bound to see dozens of alligators and water birds, including herons and egrets
Martin County U.S. Route 1 Sidepath
The Martin County U.S. Route 1 Sidepath is a 2-mile-long segment of the East Coast Greenway and connects Jonathan Dickinson State Park to Tequesta County Park. Enjoy the straight, paved pathway itself or use the Sidepath to access trails at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.
If you’re looking for a longer ride, the East Coast Greenway connects multi-use trails from Florida to Maine!
Need More Trails?
Still not convinced to take a trail ride? Get more details with the 5 Best Bike Rides In Martin County, find more trails on Yelp, or view the Florida Rambler’s guide to Florida’s best bike trails.
Remember, riding your bike away from traffic is the safest way to enjoy cycling, but if you do need to ride near cars, motorists have to share the road.
If you ever get hurt in a bicycle accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC is here to help. You can call us 24/7 at (866) 675-4427 or send us a message online anytime something goes wrong.
Otherwise, we hope you enjoy all the wonderful bike trails, nature, and wildlife South Florida has to offer!