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Conservation Levee Greenway
Latest update: December 2022
Within the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area, and part of Broward County's Greenways system, Conservation Levee Greenway is a 27-mile loop on gravel and stone, popular for biking, hiking, fishing, and sunset viewing. Circling Water Conservation Area 2A, there are three access points: the Sawgrass Trailhead at Atlantic Blvd. in Coral Springs (east, the main trailhead), at Markham Park off the New River Greenway in Sunrise (south), and Sawgrass Recreation Park off US 27 in Weston (west).
Overview Map... Conservation Levee Greenway
Location: Broward County (See
Mileage: 27 mile loop, 9 mile leg to Loxahatchee NWR
Surface: Dirt, gravel
Nearby points of interest: The Everglades, Markham Park
Bike Shops/Rentals: N/A
Best for fat tires or mountain bikes, the surface is flat with gravel and some larger stones (keep alert). The scenery is pretty much the same, canal and wildlife management area. The levee runs almost exclusively parallel to major highways, so road noise is a constant except for the northern side (Sawgrass Trailhead to Sawgrass Recreation Park, 10 miles). There is no shade, bring sunscreen, water, and bug spray. Many gators, birds, great sunsets.
We visited the levee at the Sawgrass Trailhead. From W. Atlantic Blvd. in Coral Springs, go under the Sawgrass Expressway and then along an access road about 1/4 mile to the trailhead (parking but no other facilities). Southbound, the levee runs to Markham Park. Northbound, a 9-mile leg goes to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. These sections parallel the Sawgrass Expressway and we found them noisy. Heading west toward Sawgrass Recreation Park, the levee runs into the Everglades - remote and quiet. We biked a short way, but not far enough to fully escape the road sounds.
Markham Park in Sunrise serves as a trailhead for both the Conservation Levee Greenway and New River Greenway (link below). Starting from Markham Park and going west, the New River Greenway extends about one-half mile to a water control facility and the Conservation Levee Greenway. Cross the canal and ride up to the levee. The levee northbound toward Sawgrass Trailhead starts adjacent to Markham Park (if you hear gunshots, it's the Markham Park Shooting Range), and then continues parallel to the Sawgrass Expressway. The levee runs south about 1/10 mile, then turns west paralleling I-75. In another 4.75 miles, it turns north and continues parallel to US 27 to Sawgrass Recreation Park. The path like most was gravel and stone, best rideable on fat tires or mountain bikes. Mostly roadside, noisy. Look the other way for scenic vistas.
Markham Park includes parking, restrooms, and picnicking. The
600+-acre park has activities for just about everyone, with bikeable
park roads and more than 10 miles of mountain bike trails. A small
fee is charged on weekends and holidays.
More about Markham Park
Sawgrass Recreation Park is privately owned
recreation park, best known for airboat rides. Originally a fish
camp, today the park provides parking, restrooms, wildlife exhibits,
cafe, gift shop. Ample free parking, ride onto the levee from two
access points. Southbound, it follows US 27. Northbound, it offers
a more quiet ride, turning into the Everglades and then east to
Sawgrass Trailhead. The surface is consistent with
the rest, gravel and stone, bumpy and rough in spots. Here we show
the levee northbound (into the Everglades).
More about Sawgrass Recreation Park
New River Greenway
Florida FWC - Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management
Broward County - Greenways
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