Mountain bikers and trail riders looking to grind some gears and kick up some dirt have plenty of choices for a day of mountain biking on all sorts of different terrain, from family-friendly dirt roads to highly-challenging single-track trails. Here are five of our favorite mountain biking locations in southwest Florida.
5. Long Pine Key at Everglades National Park – Several miles of wide, primitive dirt road await trail riders in one of several gorgeous pine forests in the Everglades. As an added bonus, a 15-mile paved loop known as Shark Valley is accessible from the same park. Don’t expect any big terrain challenges on these trails though. Family-friendly and ideal for sightseeing. [More Info]
4. Picayune Strand State Forest – Just south of Naples is the gorgeous, swamp-laden Picayune Strand State Park. During the summer months, this forest is largely underwater, but during the fall and winter, it is a fabulous place to some flat-ground trail-riding. Wide, easy dirt roads make for a relaxing day of natural sightseeing about 5 miles east of Naples. [More Info]
3. Markham Park – Across Alligator Alley about one hour east is Markham Park, a Broward County facility with fourteen (14!!) miles of single-track mountain bike trails. Some of those most challenging trails in southern Florida can be found at this park, only be careful–this single-track trail can get a bit crowded. [More Info]
2. Pepper Ranch Preserve – Located about 30 minutes northeast of Naples in Immokalee, Pepper Ranch Preserve offers 6 miles of well-maintained single-track mountain bike trails. This is a good trail for beginners as the trail rating is moderately challenging and there aren’t any super-serious downhills. The trail is closed during the wet season (July – Sept.). [More Info]
1. Caloosahatchee Regional Park – Well-manicured trails of all difficulties and terrains await you at the Caloosahatchee Regional Park 40 minutes northeast of Naples in Alva, FL. Tall obstacles and high-banked boardwalks make this a fun trail for experienced riders, while easy loops offer safe options for kids and beginnings. The trail is typically closed after rainstorms. [More Info]