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Located on upper Biscayne Bay in the middle of the vast Miami metropolitan area, Oleta River State Park is a wonderful getaway, offering a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Florida's largest urban Park is well known for its miles of Florida "mountain biking" trails, but it also includes a paved bike trail that circles the park, a great way to explore. (Map link and photos below.)
Map link... Oleta River State Park
Location: North Miami
End Points: Entrance at NW 163rd St. at NE 34th Ave.
Mileage: 2.5 miles paved, 15 miles off-road mountain biking trails
Surface: Asphalt and dirt
Nearby points of interest: The Ancient Spanish Monastery and Church of St. Bernard De Clairvaux, Enchanted Forest Park; Miami and Miami Beach
Oleta River Outdoor Center (on-site)
Support and Advocacy:
Friends of Oleta River State Park
At just over a thousand acres in size, bicycles are a great way to explore all sides of this natural oasis. The State Park is best known for its 15 miles of off-road trails, but we mostly stuck to the paved paths on this day. Bike rentals (along with kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals) are available from the Park concessionaire. In addition to bicycling, the State Park provides restrooms, a white sand beach, paddling launch (no motors), picnicking, camping, and hiking. Only 30 minutes from downtown Miami, best on weekdays, expect crowds on weekends.
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