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Florida's many public lands, parks, and preserves offer a wealth of unpaved riding opportunities for fat-tire bikes. Exploring natural Florida is a great alternative to theme parks. There are also some "mountain" biking trail systems (such as exist in FL), but we stick to the less strenuous park trails. Here are some nature/eco-biking destinations we've enjoyed. There are many, many more, as Florida seeks to expand access to its public lands. Note: riding conditions vary from year to year, subject to storms and closures.

Florida Eco-biking - 13 Trail Reports

Chassahowitzka WMA Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area - On Florida's Gulf Coast, 15 miles south of Crystal River, this is a remote area. A 9-mile self-guided tour is laid out for cars and bikes, but more biking is available on the WMA roads.

View Trail, map, 10+ photos


Circle B Bar Reserve Circle B Bar Reserve - Located on the northwest shore of Lake Hancock in Polk County, the Reserve is a former cattle ranch. Its 1,200 acres have been restored to its natural wetland habitat with up to 7 miles of eco-biking available.

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Dixie Mainline Trail Dixie Mainline Trail - Traverses a part of the Lower Suwanee National Wildlife Refuge, running 9 miles along Florida's Big Bend, between Horseshoe Beach and Suwannee. Old logging rail bed open to cars, bikers and hikers.

View Trail, map, 12+ photos


Lake Apopka Loop Trail Lake Apopka Loop Trail - The trail runs about 18 miles along the north shore of Lake Apopka in Orange and Lake Counties. Biking also on 9-mile Wildlife Drive, a one-way road shared with cars (Fri., Sat. and Sun.).

View Trail, map, 75+ photos


Lake Jesup Conservation Area Lake Jesup Conservation Area - Established to protect water resources around Lake Jesup, the Conservation Area consists of 3 sections with activities including hiking, biking (about 4 miles of trails), equestrian riding, and wildlife viewing.

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Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge - Popular for bird watching (especially in the winter), Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge at DeLeon Springs in Volusia County, has over 15 miles of trails for hiking and biking.

View Trail, map, 15+ photos


Cross Florida Greenway Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway - Extends 110 miles from the St. Johns River to the Gulf of Mexico along the former Cross Florida Barge Canal. 29 miles of paved multi-use trails, 36 miles of the Florida National Scenic Trail.

View Trails, map, 100+ photos


Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Established in 1963 as part of the development of Canaveral (John F. Kennedy) Space Center. Dike roads are unpaved, some shared with cars, others very rutted, famous for bird watching.

View Trails, map, 80+ photos


Orlando Wetlands Park Orlando Wetlands Park - Orlando Wetlands Park is a 1,650-acre, man-made wetland loaded with wildlife, a good spot near Orlando, FL to see an alligator. Bicycling is on the berm roads - 18 miles total - a popular spot on cool weekends.

View Trail, map, 45+ photos


Paynes Prairie State Preserve Payne's Prairie Preserve State Park - Located just north of Micanopy and south of Gainesville. Park roads are open to biking. There are also five sandy trails, totaling about 20 miles. Paved Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail goes through north section.

View Trail, map, 40+ photos


Shark Valley, The Everglades, Top 10 FL biking, FL eco-biking Everglades Eco-biking - Unpaved biking in Everglades National Park (south entrance), plus some historic old roads, and countless miles of dirt and gravel trail on canal levees in Wildlife Preserves adjacent to the National Park.

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Seminole State Forest Seminole State Forest - Gated entrance (get code from Forest Service). A quiet, pristine area surprisingly close to urban areas, only about 5 miles west of Sanford. Hard-packed dirt and stone roads make this one of the easier forest rides.

View Trails, map, 10+ photos


Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area - Located along the St. Johns River in Christmas, Florida, east of Orlando. About 22 miles of mostly hard-packed roads, but plenty of sandy spots to be a workout. River and lake access.

View Trail, map, 30+ photos


 

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