Oleta River State Recreation Area

North Miami, Florida 33181

Oleta River State Recreation Area

Oleta River State Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"The Oleta River State Recreation Area is the premier mountain bike trail facility in Florida’s state park system. Located on 1,043 acres of mostly dredged spoil between the Oleta River, Intracoastal Waterway, and Biscayne Bay, it’s the largest urban state park in Florida.

Though surrounded by a reestablished mangrove fringe, the greater part of this park is composed of Australian pine and other exotic plants (efforts are under way to replace many of these with native vegetation). There are fourteen primitive cabins (air-conditioning but no water or baths) in the recreation area. Motels and hotels are found 4 miles to the west at the interchange of I–95 and State Road 826, and a similar distance to the east in Miami Beach. Trails: Paved bike trail, 1.5 miles (parallels park entrance road); dirt single-track and limerock roads, 12–14 miles."

More Oleta River State Recreation Area Professional Reviews and Guides

"North of Miami, the Oleta River drains a portion of the Everglades into Biscayne Bay. Between these two bodies of water, over six miles of trail have been developed for whoever chooses to roll off-road: slightly more than a mile of expert singletrack, a half-mile of intermediate singletrack, almost three miles of novice singletrack, and more than two miles of paved pathway. They all connect in what is essentially an out-and-back, but various loops of different lengths and difficulties can be ridden off the main out-and-back. and don't be surprised when more mileage is added.

Those alone would not be so hard to avoid, but the trail designers created a route demanding strength and ?nesse. Some of the toughest moves require tight turns at the top of 45-degree, six-foot climbs. Those are followed by equally sharp drops. At the bottom, a 90-degree turn must take place in three bike lengths before taking on another six-foot wall."

Oleta River State Recreation Area Reviews

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10/31/2013
Good times! There are seemingly endless miles of trail to ride. I've been there several times now and I'm still not sure if I have found them all. The most fun are those further back in the park, particularly the area that starts with Gilligan's Island, then goes to Killer Ferns, and ends with Gates of Delirium. There are a lot of rocks and roots on many of the trails, but isn't that part of mountain biking? I've been to Amelia Earhardt and Virginia Key as well, which are also fun, but Oleta River is my favorite.
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9/29/2010
First, this site information needs updating...there are many more miles of single track than the 6 reported here, it has to be more than 12 miles in total. Next, the NEW TRAILS ARE OPEN! just another great reason to come to Oleta State park to ride your MB. The new additions add more of the same quality that you have come to expect from this park, and from the trail blazers who build them for us. In addition one new section offers a great view of the open bay. A big thanks to all involved in making this such a fun place to ride. Bring your freinds, they rent both Specialized and Kona bikes for a reasonable fee.
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4/7/2009
Great trail from Novice to intermediate. Gilligan's Island is a long, long and technical trail for intermediate to advanced!
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9/6/2008
This is a great park.. i love it. Trying to find one near me down south. it's a drive from Kendall, but well worth it. Ive gone 5 time already.
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4/28/2008
Outstanding trail, well maintained trails. All kinds of difficulty's. Very sharp rocks (loose corals).
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4/21/2008
I am new to trail riding, so have nothing to compare these trails to. I have to say though that riding here is awesome. I have ridden here 3 times in April 2008 and have had a blast each time. I am not a hard core biker (yet), and ride a hybrid that is not ideal for this, but riding the novice and some intermediate trails puts me and my bike to the test. The facilities such as the bike wash and the small concession area are the final touch that allows you to stay and play a little longer, clean up well and get ready to come back next time. There are plenty of Novice, intermediate, difficult intermediate and expert runs to keep anyone busy for hours. It is also very scenic with the river curving right alongside the trails. People are freindly and helpful. There is also a BMX type track for the younger or more adventurous biker, and if you children are preteen bur are riding for a while they should be able to handle the novice track. My freind's son rode with us and he is 8. He held his own. You can rent a kayak, too. My friend said this park is way more user friendly than Markham (I have not been there yet). I will be going to Oleta often.
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2/13/2006
This is a really fun trail. It's a little more tame than markham but a blast just the same. I really like what the In da house crew did with Oleta. Since hurrican wilma I have been riding this trail alot 3x a week. And although a hike from Ft Lauderdale (comparitively speaking) I love this trail more and more. It's an easy 10miles if you do everything more if you hit gilligans island. Trails sections to make sure you hit are the Dragons gate/tail and Twin peaks. Both alot of fun. As I have said before what South Florida loses in the way of Mountains it makes up for with Technical trails. If you can clear all the ups in oleta you are a champ and I mean all of them try oyster ridge for one or the twin peaks you can ride anywhere as far a tech goes.
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11/16/2005
Trails.com has been notified by Laura, a Park Services Specialist for Oleta River State Park, that they now have 15 miles of Mountain Biking trails. For further information on the newer trails, please call the park at (305) 919-1844.
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2/19/2002
Similar to other bike parks in Southern Florida, Oleta is not just a single trail but rather a network of trails that snake through a section of woods. The advantage Oleta has over these other parks is that each trail is much longer in itself allowing for what feels like a longer continuous ride. The park management is also constantly adding to the trails so that now there are over 13 miles of single track. All trails are well maintained and less technical than others in South Florida while still presenting a challenging, fun ride. The highlight of the ride is a relatively long rolling downhill that provides an excellent opportunity for catching air. The only drawback to this trail is that the tree roots dissecting the trails can potentially cause a bone-jarring ride. If you are not prepared to frequently stand on your peddles, be sure you have a comfortable saddle.
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8/14/2001
Actually there were almost 13+mi.of trails when I left in 2001 for Oregon. I helped build several trails there! NO CRYBABIES ALLOWED!!!!!!!!! No place better to ride in So.Fl. SAY HI TO ALL THE RANGERS AND MTB PATROL MEMBERS 4 ME!!!!!! CHRIS"FUZZBALL"jONES
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Trail Information

North Miami
Nearby City
15.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Open all year
Season
Skating
Additional Use