Fall is finally here! And while the weather might still take a little while to cool off here in Florida, now is a great time to get outside in the fresh air and hit the road on some of the best road biking trails that Florida has to offer. We’ve done the hard work and rounded up some of our favorites, from short coastal rides to longer rides that traverse the state of Florida. Come check one of these rides off our list this Fall!
Miami to Key West
This is one of the most popular rides in Florida, and starts in Miami and ends in Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. Be warned, this ride is best for seasoned riders as it is a 140-mile 2-day route. This ride boasts a scenic route that eventually links up with A1A and then heads towards the Gulf of Mexico, where you will see stunning ocean views, wildlife, and a lot of sun. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
Horse Farm Hundred
If you have never been to Gainesville in Marion County, FL, then you’re missing out! Home to endless horse farms and beautiful canopies of old-growth trees, this is a nice leisurely ride. Check out manicured pastures where million-dollar thoroughbreds train along these hundred-year-old roads. You won’t regret this one!
Withlacoochee State Trail
Explore old Florida charm along this 46-mile paved trail that welcomes nearly 400,000 visitors every year! The Withlacoochee State Trail is currently the longest rail trail in Florida. While riding this trail you will ride through scenic small towns and the beautiful Withlacoochee State Forest. The paved trail extends from near Dunnellon, FL, to Hwy 301, Dade City, FL.
West Orange Trail
This trail features 22 miles of rolling hills with a mix of scenic and urban views. Starting and ending in Winter Park is a great way to enjoy the best of what this trail has to offer, especially some of the amazing restaurants along the way! Hailed as one of Florida’s most popular rail trails, this trail takes you through Oakland before heading downtown into Winter Garden!
A1A Ocean Islands Trail
To fully enjoy the A1A Ocean Islands Trail, you start at Amelia Island Bridge, continue through to the Talbot Islands, take the St. Johns River ferry, and then ride through Mayport, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, Jax Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville. Prepare for a beautiful 40 miles with this one!
This is the best of what Florida has to offer! The paved Legacy Trail runs between southern Sarasota and Venice. It’s nearly 20 miles in length and runs through Oscar Scherer State Park and ends in Caspersen Park in Venice. While you’re there, make sure to check out Venice’s beautiful beaches, where you might even find a sharks tooth!
Seminole Wekiva Trail
The 14 miles of the Seminole Wekiva Trail follows the former Orange Belt Railway and offer a rural environment with ample wildlife and trees in the first seven and last four miles. Once you get north of mile marker 7, you enter a more suburban atmosphere with neighborhoods, shopping centers, restaurants, and places to relax. When you reach marker 9, there is a spur trail that leads to the pedestrian bridge over I-4 which joins the Cross-Seminole Trail.
Cooler weather is just around the corner, and with this list of road biking trails in Florida, you’ll be ready to hit the road and get out to enjoy the fresh air! Happy riding!
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