Bike & Hike

The Bluegrill Trail follows a levee along the C-18 canal and passes through a place popular in winter with sandhill cranes. (Photo: David Blasco)

Bike trails on South Florida levees: Long, traffic-free, but a little boring

Bike trails on South Florida levees offer traffic-free paths along the Everglades, though they can get hot and monotonous. The Bluegill Trail in Palm Beach County is better than most with wildlife and better scenery.

Legacy Trail passes through Oscar Scherer State Park

Ride through forests, prairies and quiet neighborhoods on Legacy Trail

The paved 11-mile Legacy Trail follows an abandoned railroad bed from Sarasota’s suburbs to Venice, where it links up with another 10 miles of trails in Venetian Waterway Park. At the halfway mark, the trail hooks into 15 miles of offroad trails within Oscar Scherer State Park.

White pelican flyover at Peaceful Waters Sanctuary in Wellington

Wellington’s Peaceful Waters: Top birding spot, close to two good nature hikes

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary is an outstanding birding site and a particularly good destination for nature-starved folks from Broward and Palm Beach counties. It’s also close to two good places for 3-mile-long walks in natural settings.

Loop Road: Storied road through Everglades is full of wildlife

Loop Road: Storied road through Everglades is full of wildlife

Loop Road is famous for being a wild place. (That once applied to the people as well as the animals.) It’s a gravel road off the Tamiami Trail in the Everglades. If you’re not in a hurry, it’s a rewarding place to explore.

The Historic Long Key Bridge on the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail.

Biking the Florida Keys: Overseas Heritage Trail has safe & scenic sections

Everyone wants to bike through the beautiful scenery in the Florida Keys, but the Overseas Heritage Trail isn’t entirely complete or entirely safe. We found four terrific segments, however, that give you a fun day’s ride and a sampling of all the Keys has to offer.

St. Sebastian River

Nature gone wild: St. Sebastian River Preserve State Park

This 22,000-acre wilderness offers 60 miles of trails for hiking, biking and equestrians through five thriving wildlife habitats. Six primitive campsites allow you to get away from everything, or camp near the preserve in a little-used county campground with river access.

Nature Coast Trail near Fanning Springs State Park

One of state’s best bike trails: Nature Coast Trail in rural northwest Florida

The Nature Coast Trail is a high-quality rail-trail with a picturesque train trestle over the Suwanee River and some good scenery. Two great state parks are nearby: Manatee Springs for camping and Fanning Springs for cabins. It makes a great weekend for cyclists.

Miami Circle Park with a view of Miami River and Biscayne Bay

Miami Circle: See history, great views by foot or bike

After a dozen years, a prehistoric Native American archaeological site is saved and opened as a park. It makes a nice stop on a walking or bicycle tour of the Brickell area of downtown Miami.

2015-16 bike tours take you through Florida’s best scenery

2015-16 bike tours take you through Florida’s best scenery

Florida makes an ideal location for bike touring, especially in the winter. Here are three options for week-long supported tours. Best of all, they’re operated by a non-profit, Bike Florida, which raises money for bicycle safety efforts.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail

Jacksonville-Baldwin Bike Trail: A shady rural ride with a Civil War site on the side

One of the best Florida bike trails – the Jacksonville-Baldwin Trail – is a well-shaded rural trail that makes a stop at a rare-for-Florida Civil War site.