Biking is a great way to explore a city. It’s easier on the joints, you can cover more ground and it’s an excellent way to cool off. The city of Naples has over 30 miles of bike paths and there are more rustic riding options to explore further east near the Everglades.

Biking is very popular in downtown Naples on streets like Crayton Cove and Gulf Shore Boulevard. Gordon Drive in the Port Royal neighborhood is dotted with sophisticated and unique mansions. It’s a favorite route for both locals and visitors.

The 140-acre Gordon River Greenway Park is a 2.5-mile stretch of land featuring the area’s natural beauty.

Collier-Seminole State Park is just outside of Naples on U.S. 41. The 3.5-mile off-road bike trail provides ample shade. It runs through a pine forest and it’s bordered by a soothing hardwood hammock. It’s far from the city, so you’re more likely to see wildlife and run into less people.

There are two trails at Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park in Copeland. The old rail beds, once used for logging, have been converted into a pair of scenic trails. The dirt and grass trails are great for mountain bikes.  The west trail is five miles long and you’ll pass elegant prairies. The east trail is seven miles out and ends at a lake with a boardwalk.

Shark Valley Trail in Everglades National Park is a bit of a drive, but it’s worth it. The 14.5-mile paved loop is a great way to see some of Southwest Florida’s real beauty. You may bring your own bike or rent one at the visitor center. Make sure you stop at the 65-foot observation tower for panoramic views you’ll never forget. This is a bike trail the entire family will love.