People are always asking us, “Where’s the best place to ride in Naples?”
Truth is, there are dozens of great spots to ride your bicycle in Naples, Florida.
We just received the new cycling & walking map from our friends at the Naples Pathways Coalition, and we are happy to report that the new map covers the entire county of collier, so you’ll know exactly where to find the best bicycling spots whether your in Immokalee, North Naples, or even Marco Island.
Stop by our Naples bike shop to pick up your bicycling and pedestrian map. They’re handy and they’re free.
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]