The Florida Panhandle holds within it many hidden gems and if you ride a bike, you can easily discover most of them. There are bike trails throughout the Panhandle.
Some offer wonderful views of the white sandy beaches and emerald waters. Others take riders into some of Florida’s most peaceful and diverse woodlands. Read on and we’ll unpack 5 Best Places to Bike Along Florida’s Panhandle.
#1 Blackwater Heritage State Trail
Blackwater Heritage State Trail is a 10-mile long trail that runs along an old Florida and Alabama Railroad rail bed. This trail will take you through a North Florida town and then out into the countryside. You’ll cross wooden bridges and several creeks with wildflowers dotting the landscape.
Blackwater Heritage State Trail extends eight miles north to join the US Navy’s 1.5-mile Military Heritage Trail ending at Naval Air Station Whiting Field. A Visitor’s Center is situated roughly a mile from the Elva Street Trailhead in Milton.
#2 St. George Island
St. George Island, sometimes referred to as The Forgotten Coast, is a 22-mile-long barrier island between the Gulf of Mexico and Apalachicola Bay. St George Island provides a 6-mile-long paved bike trail. However, there are also 9 miles of trails at St. George Island State Park.
This stretch includes 5 miles in a sensitive environmental area that requires a permit. Be cautious and come prepared as there is no shade on this trail. So, bring plenty of water and sunscreen as well as a hat.
#3 Gayle’s Trails
Beginning with the construction of the walking trails at Frank Brown Park in 1998, Gayle’s Trails is now 9 miles long and growing. Further, the trails have expanded over the years and now include several miles of asphalt and paved sections of the trail.
The Gayle’s Trails Network connects with over 30 miles of trails in Panama City Beach Conservation Park. The trails already connect Frank Brown Park to the 3,000-acre Panama City Beach Conservation Park.
#4 Conservation Park
Located on Conservation Drive in Panama City Beach, Florida, Conservation Park encompasses over 2,900 acres of land. It has over 24 miles of trails, and over a mile of boardwalk, leading through serene cypress domes.
12 different trails range from .6 miles all the way up to 11 miles long. Also, the Trail Head building provides parking. public restrooms, and a covered pavilion.
#5 Loggerhead Run Bike Trail
Loggerhead Run is an eight-mile-long paved biking trail located on Cape San Blas. The trail runs parallel Highway 30E from Salinas Park near Port St. Joe, FL to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. But the State Park trails are also bikeable.
If you forgot or were unable to bring bikes, be sure and check out the 5 Best Places to Rent Bikes Along Florida’s Panhandle. Stay up to speed on all the hot spots and sweet destinations in Florida.
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