Bike & Hike

Author's husband Jack takes a break.

Pinellas Trail: Scenic window to another world

Once a CSX rail line, the Pinellas Trail is a smoothly paved linear park and multi-use trail that extends 38.2 miles from downtown St. Petersburg north to Tarpon Springs.

Biking Sanibel Island: Bicycle trails take you to all the best spots

Biking Sanibel Island: Bicycle trails take you to all the best spots

Sanibel is more famous for its beaches and seashells, but it’s a great place to explore by bike. With more than 25 miles of bicycle trails, Sanibel’s hidden beaches, pioneer cemetery and quiet shady neighborhoods open up to you.

Hike around the Big ‘O’: Thanksgiving ritual cancelled for 2014

Hike around the Big ‘O’: Thanksgiving ritual cancelled for 2014

Every Thanksgiving Week, Florida’s most avid hikers walk 109 miles around Lake Okeechobee in nine segments ranging from 9 to 15 miles per day. You can join them — for part of the trip or all of it — along the Herbert Hoover Dike, which surrounds the 730-square-mile lake.

Hollywood Broadwalk: A slow-paced and scenic bike ride.

Bike trails: Hollywood Broadwalk, a trip to Old Florida, is slow but scenic

Hollywood Broadwalk is a trip back to Old Florida that is recognized as one of Florida’s “Great Public Spaces.” If you’re patient, the Broadwalk can be a delightful bike ride.

Jupiter Island's two lane Beach Road makes a good bike route.

Biking Jupiter Island: Oceanfront road has views of mansions, little traffic

Jupiter Island offers a scenic two-lane beachfront road with well-kept landscaping, very little traffic and excellent biking. It goes on for mile after mile past the estates of the rich and famous. And you can build in a stop at a hidden beach.

Lake Kissimmee State Park Cow Camp fire

Lake Kissimmee State Park: Where Old Florida lives on

This large state park in a rural, out-of-the-way part of Central Florida, preserves Old Florida cracker history. It offers great hiking trails and camping plus lakes to explore by kayak or canoe. Wildlife, from deer to alligators to sandhill cranes to eagles, is abundant.

(Photo by Bob Peterson/Bob in Swamp via Flickr.)

Jonathan Dickinson State Park: A Florida treasure

Jonathan Dickinson State park can keep a lover of the outdoors busy for days with hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, wildlife watching and soaking up the natural beauty. Now’s the perfect season to plan an adventure there.

Amber waves of sawgrass

Hike ‘til you drop, and then hike back

A seemingly endless hike deep into the Everglades awaits you along the levee on the southern boundary of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge..