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Top 5 Places to Bike Near Naples Florida

Updated: Jul 18, 2022




Naples, Florida is a beautiful place to live, vacation, and explore! Especially if you enjoy spending time outdoors.


If you're looking for a fun activity that the family will enjoy, then check out the many Naples Florida bike trails. Biking is a great way to spend the day by spending time outside in nature with the family.


Fortunately, Naples has great weather pretty much year-round so biking is a great activity to do while enjoying this little piece of paradise.


Since living in Naples, my family and I have had several successful biking trips around the Naples Florida area. Therefore, I've compiled a list of a few of our favorite Naples Florida bike trails that we have explored.



Gordon River Greenway

1. Gordon River Greenway

Gordon River Greenway is located near downtown Naples, Florida. It's 2.5 miles of paved pathways and boardwalks that meander around the Gordon River. The Gordon River Greenway is a great place to bike with your family, walk or run on the trail, or rollerblade down. It's also a beautiful area to enjoy and there are great photo opportunities along the path.


The Gordon River Greenway connects Baker Park which is a great place to stop and rest or play on the playground if you're biking with children. There's also a splash pad to cool off and a few water bottle refill stations located around the park as well.


The Naples Airport is also along the Greenway and where you can watch planes take off and land. My kids enjoy watching the planes approach for their final landing and sometimes we'll get a glimpse of the pilots waving to them. This is one of the great Naples Florida bike trails and you can read more about the Gordon River Greenway here.


2. North Naples Regional Park

If you are looking for a park that offers a playground and biking combo, then this is your place. This park is located in North Naples, but it's a quick drive from the downtown area.


The North Naples Regional Park has a great paved path that circles the park and meanders through greenspace. It's an easy ride and great for the little ones in the family.


If you're looking to cool off after the bike ride, then check out Sun-N-Fun Lagoon for an afternoon of swimming. Read more about North Naples Regional Park.




3. Koreshan State Park

Koreshan State Park is a great place to bike in Southwest Florida. Located in Lee County (only 15 minutes north of Naples) this historic park encompasses 200 acres and features a campground, nature trails, Estero river, playground, and picnic areas.


There is a 1.5 mile loop that you can bike next to the river. We opted to bike on the paved path from the playground to the old Koreshan State Historic Site where you can learn about this unique utopian community from 1882 to 1920.


You can definitely make a day out of visiting Koreshan State Park by biking, kayaking, walking the historical site, and picnicking. This park costs $5 per vehicle. I've written a detailed blog post on this park and you can find the Koreshan State Park travel guide here.




4. Lover's Key State Park

If you're looking for a great place to spend the day biking and exploring the beach, then Lover's Key Beach State Park is a great choice! Everyone in your family will be happy with spending the day here. It's a popular destination because there are many things to do here besides enjoying the beach.


There are hiking and biking trails that meander by the mangrove waterways. If you're lucky, then you might see a few manatees while you're on the trail. Read more about all the fun things to do at Lover's Key State Park.


After biking, spend the day at the beach or stand-up paddleboarding along the waterways. You can walk, bike, or catch the tram that takes you to the beach too. There is also an ice cream stand towards the end of the beach. So you might want to bring a few extra dollars. This is one of my favorite Naples Florida bike trails!



J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

5. J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Located on picturesque Sanibel Island is Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge is not far from Naples Florida. This is the perfect place to spend a fun-filled day biking and exploring other parts of Sanibel.


There are several biking options around Ding. You can bike the whole loop which is roughly eight miles or keep it shorter and take the four-mile loop. The eight-mile loop is all paved, with flat terrain and easy access, it's perfect for all ages and skill levels!


Definitely check out the park map before biking and bring hydration. There are a few bathroom stops along the loop.


If you want to spend more time exploring this region after biking through J.N., there are many other attractions nearby including Sanibel Island which has sandy beaches, tons of shops & restaurants, plus plenty of shell collecting opportunities! Read more about J.N. Ding "Darling" National Wildlife Refuge.


Check out these awesome Naples Florida bike stores too

Most Naples Florida bike stores offer rentals and have a great selection of bikes and parts for sale, plus they offer service on all kinds of bikes. But not just that; if you need help picking out your first bike or want some advice from someone who knows what they're doing, these are great places to go! If you're new to the area, or just looking for a good place to buy a bike, check out some of these bike stores:

Helmets

I've also included a few of our favorite helmets:

As you can see, Naples and the surrounding areas have no shortage of great places to ride a bike! Whether you enjoy riding by yourself, with friends or family, or with other cyclists in general, there’s something for everyone here. So get out there and enjoy one of these trails today and I hope you enjoyed this post about Naples Florida bike trails!


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Hello! I'm Tiffany, a Floridian, creative travel writer, and a mother to three awesome kids. We like to visit small towns in Florida, beautiful Florida beaches, and Florida State Parks! I like to write about our travel adventures and provide tips to other families traveling or relocating to the Sunshine State.


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