Articles and photos about bicycling trails, bike trails, rail trails, mountain bike trails, off-road cycling and cycling opportunities throughout the state of Florida.
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SEBRING — Old-growth live oaks dripping with air plants and Spanish moss dominate the landscape throughout much of the 9,000-acre Highlands Hammock State Park, one of Florida’s original state parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The park features lush nature trails, scenic bike riding and shady camping.
A half hour from Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Lake Louisa State Park has rolling hills, six lakes, excellent hiking, wildlife, picturesque cypress trees and swimming. The best part, though, may be the modern cabins, with rocking chairs on the porch and a view of the lake for $120 a night.
The Van Fleet Trail into the Green Swamp is one of the most rural, isolated rides you’ll find in Florida. It’s flat. It’s straight. But if you want to truly get away from it all and encounter a little wildlife along the way, here’s the place.
The Castle Windy Trail is a shady respite from the often brutal and never-ending sun of Cape Canaveral National Seashore, a tree-shrouded path that takes you through coastal zones of saw palmetto, live oak, sable palm and eastern red cedar.
This old-growth forest with 1,000-year-old trees is closely guarded because it is next to an FPL plant. But, with a little planning in advance, you can walk its 1.1 mile boardwalk in Martin County on free tours.
Natural beauty makes Riverbend Park in Jupiter a delightful place to explore. Its 10 miles of bike trails are particularly well suited to family bicycle outings. It’s also the site of a historic battleground from the Second Seminole War.
Florida just launched a new website that provides useful information on more than 100 state hiking, biking and paddling trails.
Driving through the Florida Keys, you are sure to see the warnings for Key deer — but you may not see the deer themselves. There are some sure-fire ways to do see the little fellows, though, and one of them is an evening bike ride on No Name Key.