Leave the roadways and tour Florida’s Adventure Coast by bicycle. Whether traveling forest trails or bike rides on long car-free paved stretches, find thrilling bike trail choices throughout Nature’s Place to Play.
Terrain variety, natural surroundings and a shady small downtown welcome bicyclists to Florida’s Adventure Coast. Home to the Brooksville Ridge, it boasts challenging elevation changes amid miles of level terrain. Winding through forests, preserves and scenic countryside, your perfect bike ride awaits!
New to Adventure Coast cycling? Here is what you need to know:
Road, touring, mountain or racing bikes in straight up, prone, recumbent, or tiny trailer-towing tandems are all good here.
The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is one of the longest paved rail-trails in Florida. With a generally flat terrain and many access points, the trail corridor traverses three counties (Citrus, Hernando and Pasco), offering an enjoyable, varied journey as it runs through small towns, ranches and six distinct natural communities between Citrus Springs and Dade City.
Officially designated as part of the Florida Greenways and Trail System, this state trail is also designated as a National Recreation Trail. It offers rich opportunities for viewing plants and wildlife and provides access to many outstanding recreational opportunities.
The 42-mile Suncoast Trail parallels the Suncoast Parkway, passing through a mix of suburban, agricultural and natural areas, along with rest areas and interpretive signs that highlight the trail’s significance and the local ecology.
A safety enhancement for Suncoast Trail users is GPS decals placed along the trail. Should you need help, just tell rescue personnel the nearest coordinates to assure quick response.
Prepare for an independent bike ride by reviewing the official Adventure Coast Bicycle Trail Map. Locate the trailhead and parking area suited for you.
Connecting the Withlacoochee State Trail to Brooksville, the Good Neighbor Trail runs ten miles, through sun-dappled and lush, shaded serene countryside to the Russell Street Park Trailhead. Just minutes away you’ll find charming cafes, quaint shops and plenty of front porch charm in this historic downtown.
If you enjoy the comradery of group bike rides, join shop rides lead by Trek Spring Hill or Crank Works Bicycles. Also available to join is a Saturday morning twelve-mile ride. Follow both Trek Spring Hill and Crank Works Bicycles on Facebook for the latest updates on shop rides planned and confirmed.
For more organized mountain bike options, consult the SWAMP calendar of mountain bike rides and events.
Whichever approach you take, be sure to bring your Adventure Coast bike map and check the weather forecast. If you would like to create your own route or see if one is already mapped, check this Biking in Florida or the Ride with GPS app.
Besides a map and smart phone app, some other items to carry are tool kit, water, sunblock, insect repellent, camera and rain gear. Both Crank Works and Black Bear love to match customers with ideal new or used bicycles, do bike repairs and carry a full line of accessories and tools.
Helmets highly recommended and required for those sixteen and under in Florida. Wearing a helmet can save your life. Choose the best helmet for you by investing in comfort and quality.
The American Automobile Association (AAA) has expanded their roadside assistance to include bicycles! AAA will pick up members whose bikes have broken down and take them and their bike to wherever they need to go – their car, a bike repair shop or home. AAA just needs to be able to access the bike from a road or parking lot.
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For more trip planning tools, including brochures and videos, visit our Virtual Visitor Center.