There are three things that can make for a great ride: scenery, twists-and-turns, and interesting back roads.
And Florida roads boast all three with one distinct advantage: nearly perfect year-round weather. And with the temperatures (finally) cooling off a bit, it’s a great time to get out and explore on your bike. With 1,197 miles of shoreline, palm trees, and beaches hugging both coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s sea-level roads are often in good condition and offer riders plenty of places to stop.
Florida’s routes offer spectacular sceneries best enjoyed from the seat of a motorcycle – and off dreaded highways and interstates – with incredible ocean and riverside views, sugarcane fields, orange groves and even alligators.
The Ozello Trail Ride: On Florida’s west coast, the Ozello Trail is a short ride through the wetlands of Crystal River Preserve State Park. This route offers plenty of views of the gulf, a few bridges, plus plenty of twists and turns with multiple side roads for exploring along the way. Ozello Trail ends at Peck’s Old Port Cove, a popular restaurant for lunch and dinner – and perfect for watching the sunset over the water.
Casey Key: Another short ride, this route offers stunning beach-road views, amazing houses, and other bits of scenery along the curvy west coast of Florida. While there’s nowhere to stop, its seven miles are worth revisiting to be sure to take it all in.
Citrus County 476: This ride changes scenery from a tree-lined road with gentle curves to open farmland and then straightens back out. There may be light traffic but the road is well marked and in great condition while crossing the Withlacoochee River and has a new riverfront bike-friendly restaurant.
North Tampa Circuit: This route will take you out into the open country of north Tampa. After a little while, you may even forget you’re still in Florida with surprisingly hilly panoramic views of the countryside. The scenery on this route includes many horse and cattle ranches as well as orange groves. And bonus – if you take this route in the springtime around March when the orange blossoms are in bloom, you’ll enjoy their sweet aroma wafting from the groves.
Scenic SR-13: Popular with motorcycle clubs, the St. Johns River is often in view on this route, as well as some small communities and several parks. Plenty of shade from live oaks and other trees make this a great ride, as well as several restaurants and local stores. It begins with a busy six-lane highway, then narrows to four lanes and then eventually becomes a simple two-lane road with the St. Johns River just to its side.
And as the weather cools – at least by Florida standards – these routes are sure to have something for every rider: beautiful landscapes, unique destinations, curves, wildlife and even hills.
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