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Lake Trail: Bicycle through the backyards of the Palm Beach rich

Lake Trail in Town of Palm Beach is one of the best paved bike trails in South Florida

Lake Trail sign in front of Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, Florida

I don’t know how the millionaires in Palm Beach ever permitted it, but instead of having their magnificent properties extend out to their private docks on the Intracoastal, for six miles, there is a lovely paved bike path that interrupts their backyards.

Historic home along Lake Trail in Palm Beach

Lucky for us.

The Lake Trail in Palm Beach provides traffic-free bicycling ideal for families with postcard-like scenery, a few historic buildings and glimpses into those exclusive backyards and their mansions.

Lake Trail ends with a view of the Palm Beach Inlet

Town of Palm Beach is the barrier island east of West Palm Beach inhabited by the very rich and famous. (This is where the Kennedy family had its compound.) Here the Intracoastal Waterway is a wide expanse called Lake Worth.

The Lake Trail has a few interruptions (around the Sailfish Club, for example, where we saw a flotilla of children learning to sail.) But it is easy to follow and the few times you end up on the street, it is in residential areas of Palm Beach with little traffic.

We like to park at the the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. (It’s a must-see house museum that tells the fascinating history of the railroad and real estate magnate who built the Palm Beach mansion as a wedding present.) If you park here and head north, you need to cross Royal Poinciana Way and pick up the bike trail at the water’s edge on the other side of the small park at that intersection.

Historic marker along Lake Trail in Palm Beach

At the north end of the paved trail, if you want to continue cycling on residential streets, it is only a few blocks to a public dock at the top of the island of Palm Beach. There, you feel a brisk ocean breeze and view the Port of Palm Beach inlet and, across the water, Peanut Island. (Peanut Island is the subject of this post; it’s a great kayaking, snorkeling and historical destination.) The dock, with drinking fountains and benches, is a great stop.

From the museum, you can take Lake Trail south for about two miles and north about four miles north. You always have water views on the west, including passing yachts and the skyline of West Palm Beach. To the east, you peak through and over the ficus hedges to see the mansions of Palm Beach.

The paved bike trail is landscaped with many trees, some quite old and picturesque. Historical markers show you the original church in Palm Beach (now a home) and the oldest house.

Tips on taking the Lake Trail in Palm Beach:

Other things to do in Palm Beach County:

The Lake Trail through the Town of Palm Beach offers views of Lake Worth and mansions.

The Lake Trail through the Town of Palm Beach offers views of Lake Worth and mansions.






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