Florida Bike Trails

Suncoast Trail

For its entire route, the Suncoast Trail follows its namesake Suncoast Parkway, a toll-road highway that stretches between FL-44 in Lecanto and W Lutz Lake Fern Rd. in Upper Tampa Bay.

The trail passes through a mix of suburban, agricultural and natural areas, along which trail users will find rest areas and interpretive signs that illuminate the trail’s historical significance and identify the local ecology.

One of the most impressive features along the route is the nearby Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, with beautiful waterways and scenic views of natural areas.

Starkey Park Trail

Experience this 13.1-mile out-and-back trail near New Port Richey, Florida, called Starkey Park Trail. This is a very popular area for road biking, running, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring. The trail is open year-round and is beautiful to visit anytime. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.

The paved trail in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park stretches across the preserve for about 6 miles. Well-spaced shelters along the trail offer pleasant places to rest in the shade; many are even furnished with ice water. The park, a short distance northwest of Tampa, is one of the largest natural areas in Pasco County. A mixture of pine woods, wetlands, and palmetto scrub can be experienced here, and recreational opportunities include hiking, biking, birding, horseback riding, and camping.

Good Neighbor Trail

The Good Neighbor Trail is a beautiful paved trail that starts at Russell Street Park and joins up with the Withlacoochee State Trail.

Following a former narrow gauge railroad corridor, this is a linear paved bike path.

It spans from the former main line at Croom, which is now the Withlacoochee State Trail, to a depot in Brooksville dating back to 1885.

The corridor dates back to the heyday of lumberjacks felling the “yellow pine,” as long-lived longleaf pines were known, and sending them off to sawmills.

Narrow gauge trains facilitated the process, in this case, the Southern Railroad.

It was later taken over by the Atlantic Coast Line and rails widened to accommodate standard gauge trains.

Now, the Good Neighbor Trail provides a crucial connector in the Coast-to-Coast Trail across Central Florida.

Open daylight hours only. Leashed pets are welcome. Please pick up after your pet.

Tri-County Trail

The Tri-County Trail is a connector trail on the Florida Coast-to-Coast Trail, touching on Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties. The trail connects to the Pinellas Trail at the intersection of East Lake and Keystone Roads, runs along Keystone Road, and then north to the Pasco County line where it meets the Starkey Gap Trail. Running the roadside and then past a nature preserve, there’s little to no shade.

Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail

An overlay on the Florida Trail around Lake Okeechobee, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail provides a mostly paved cycling and walking route around the second-largest lake entirely within the borders of the United States.

First hiked in the 1960s and developed as a loop in the Florida National Scenic Trail in the 1980s, the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail offers spectacular views.

Mainly atop the 35-foot-tall Herbert Hoover Dike, built for flood control between the 1930s and 1960s, it offers unmatched perspectives on the lake for photographers and birders.

While there are numerous access points with parking, there are few convenience stores along the trail, and you can go long distances before finding a restroom, so be prepared. Bring water and sunscreen, there is no shade – better as a cool weather ride – and it can get windy on the dike. Watch the weather and get off the dike to avoid lightning strikes. Views from the dike can include broad vistas and excellent sunrises and sunsets, but again it is wide open, so much depends on the weather. The best biking lake views are on the north and east sides, while the west is mostly marshland. Many waterfowl are seen, plus sugar fields, wetlands, and surrounding agricultural communities. In sum, long distances with often unchanging views.

Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail

The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is contiguous with the Camp Milton Historic Preserve, which serves as a mid-point trailhead.

Built to connect Jacksonville to Tallahassee, the Florida, Atlantic & Gulf Central Railroad drew a great deal of attention during the Civil War because of its value as a transportation corridor.

Early during the war, an encampment named for Governor John Milton, Camp Milton, occupied a strategic spot along the rail line near Baldwin, where railroads met and still do today.

In August 1990, the City of Jacksonville applied to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the acquisition of an abandoned railroad corridor. In December 1992, the abandoned railroad corridor was purchased from CSX Transportation Inc. through the Florida Greenways and Trails Program. This trail is part of a nationwide, federally initiated “Rails to Trails” program designed to turn abandoned railroad lines into “linear parks.” The Jacksonville-Baldwin Rail Trail is a 100-foot wide Right-of-Way (ROW) currently extending approximately 14.5 miles from Imeson Road in Jacksonville to the Town of Baldwin. A 12’ wide paved trail currently exists for hikers, bikers, and rollerbladers to enjoy. An equestrian trail parallels the paved trail. The ROW is flat and passes through rural areas with abundant plant life, wildlife, and trees.

Restrooms are available at most trailheads and at Camp Milton

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset. Leashed pets are welcome. Do not ride more than two abreast.

The surface is asphalt. Sheltered benches are provided as rest stops at regular intervals.

Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a linear state park that stretches 15 miles from the City of Gainesville’s Boulware Springs Park through Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park and Lochloosa Wildlife Management Area, and ends in the small town of Hawthorne. Wooded and quiet, with several hiking trails and paved spurs to scenic overlooks, there are even are some winding hills to challenge you! A link connects to Downtown Gainesville, the Waldo Road Greenway and Depot Avenue Rail-Trail for an additional 6.5 miles of biking.

Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a scenic, mostly rural trail that is great for biking or hiking. Check out the connecting La Chua hiking trail, a short walk into the heart of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

Info: General info link

Map: Google Maps link

Florida Coast to Coast Trail

The Florida Coast to Coast Trail (C2C) was conceived as an ambitious effort to create a continuous paved multi-use path across the state from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, the first state trail of its kind in the United States. It will span approximately 250 miles and is currently more than 80 percent complete. The trail will link communities between St. Petersburg and Titusville along its entire length, allowing residents and visitors to explore Central Florida by bicycle or foot. This corridor includes most of the 51-mile East Central Regional Rail Trail, the longest single rail-trail corridor ever acquired by the Office of Greenways and Trails. The trail links all or part of several existing multi-use trails and will be managed by a broad range of communities and agencies.

Info: General info link

Map: Google Maps link

Blackwater Heritage State Trail

This westernmost state rail-trail winds through the historic town of Milton.

The more than nine miles of paved trail offer an enjoyable trip through a quaint North Florida town and out into the countryside where wooden bridges cross several creeks, and native wildflowers dot the landscape.

Designated as a National Recreation Trail and part of Florida’s State Greenways and Trails System, this paved trail is the perfect venue for biking, running, walking, and skating, along with picnicking and bird-watching activities. Equestrians may use the paved trail or unpaved shoulder at their discretion; all trail users share bridges. Equestrian use is prohibited on the Military Heritage Trail.

The trail extends eight miles north to join the U.S. Navy’s 1.5-mile Military Heritage Trail, which ends at the Naval Air Station Whiting Field.

The Elva Street Trailhead is located near State Road 87 and U.S. Highway 90 in Milton. A visitor center, approximately one mile from the trailhead, offers parking, restrooms, picnic tables, grills, and a playground.

Cross Seminole Trail

The Cross Seminole Trail begins from the south at the intersection of Aloma and Howell Branch. It meets the Cady Way Trail in Winter Park and heads north for a 23-mile journey to meet the Seminole Wekiva Trail at the pedestrian bridge over Interstate 4 in Lake Mary. Along the way, the trail meanders through the beautiful cities of Oviedo and Winter Springs. A portion of the trail is designated as the Florida National Scenic Trail.

Enjoy park amenities along the way at Big Tree Park and Greenwood Lakes Park, or for an off-road wilderness experience, check out Spring Hammock Preserve and take a stroll through cypress forests on the boardwalk to Lake Jesup. 2020 Seminole County Government.