Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rock Riding

Don't let a little thing like lack of hills stop you from mountain biking


OK, yeah, we don't have any mountains.

Or any hills, really, within about a thousand miles from here. 

But what we do have in South Florida is some world-class "mountain" biking. You just need to know where to find it, and with the list below, now you do.

Virginia Key used to be a segregated beach and then a hangout for the homeless now, it's home to trails that snake through pine forests, with a view of the bay and Fisher Island. Hang with the
Virginia Key Bicycle Club for the insider's tour. 
Arthur Lamb Jr. Rd., Miami 

Maybe nowhere around has tougher trails than
Markham Park. Beginners take comfort, the 11 miles of trails here also include some easy rides. For the insider's view, tag along with the stone-crushers of the Eclipse Racing Team.
16001 State Road 84, Sunrise (954-357-8868). 

Maybe you're not the type to enjoy the challenge of going head-over-handlebars after hitting a stump. In which case, the Everglades Levee Loop might be your speed 28 miles of flat, scenic trails on the earth that holds back the River of Grass. 
Atlantic Avenue where it dead ends west of the Sawgrass Expressway, Sunrise.

Nowhere gives bikers a look back to the old Florida before we all got here than
Jonathan Dickinson State Park scrub brush, old-growth forests, and beach-soft sand everywhere. That partially paved path? The old Dixie Highway built by pioneers. 
16450 S.E. Federal Hwy, Hobe Sound (772-546-2771). 

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