Southern Glades Trail - TRAIL

Southern Glades Trail - Trail, Florida City, Florida

Largely flat but rough, can be technical where limestone is abundant. This trail is very long, and flat, there is one hill of approx 18ft in height. The trail is mantained in part by Miami Dade County, South Florida Water Management District, and Everglades National Park. It runs alongside the south eastern border of the National Park and ends in a small bay called Manatee Bay. The trail itself is composed of several loops which can total more than 50+ miles. Maps are available at the trail head.

User Reviews (7)

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kev   Cross Country Rider [Jun 25, 2009]

hey when i take trail rides like this one i like to see deer. have you guys ever seen deer while yor down there and if so how often

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talentous   Weekend Warrior [Dec 25, 2004]

Excellent Cardio work out!!! Fire Roads make it a bit of a challenge. Pretty much flat for the most part. Encounter some alligators,iguanas,snakes,bobcats and birds with 6 to 7 feet wingspans along the way (don't worry gators are in the water, iguanas hardly move, bobcats runaway and the snakes you won't see till you bike in the southern most region for Southern Glade trail, but you'll see them way before you're in close distance!!) One or two trick hills along the way but nothing big. Great alternative for MT bikers living in kendall or just south dade who usually go up to Markham or Oleta. As always bring a repair kit(even though I've never had to repair my tire) and water. I usually never stop, just one or two minutes...wait longer and the bugs start coming!! Keep the Cardio up by riding 3 to 4 times a week and then head up to the Big trails on the weekend!! Try to bike early in the morning or a few hours before sunset. I rate this trail a 4, because this is just one of many trails in the Greenway Network, totaling to 194 miles. All of the trails connect. For starters go out about 10 miles and then back 10. Increase each time you go. Maybe one day we can have a group going out there into the farther regions on the trails!! Here's a map to give you an idea. http://www.tacketc.com/sftrd/trails/big_map.html

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4
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3L in the gables   Weekend Warrior [Feb 16, 2004]

if you are instrested in an exciting, challenging, ride, go elsewhere... if you are interested in a LONG, SLOW ride through the everglades (& have good tires & tubes that wont easily bust) & have nothing else to do, then check it out. 1st off, if you are getting a trail map, make sure they give you the right one... we asked for a map of the southern glades trail (heading south off sw136 & c-111 canal), & instead got a map of the everglades trail (north on c-111 & 136th), we realized about 3 miles into the trip, but... no biggie there are signs posted along the way, like every 5 miles or so. the ride is LONG & BORING, w/ nothing but hard limestone & loose rocks running alongside the canal to ride on (BEWARE OF FLATS), very flat, very boring, but all the loose rocks makes for good resistance & a decent leg workout. plenty of good wildlife viewing along the way, but to actually see anything you'll have to stop for a minute & really look. we heard a gator in the water thrashing something around, but by the time we got over to see what it was, he had already submerged & was gone (cool nonetheless, & YES it WAS a gator, nothing else big enough in the swamp to make that kind of noise/ splash) bring water & bug spray, & only ride this trail in the winter months when its cool enough to not get scorched,

Customer Service

from university of miami... take snapper creek expwy to turnpike south, till end, take S.R. 9336 West (follow signs to Everglades National Park) & bring a few bucks to hit that fruit stand (roberts?, you'll know it when you see it) about a 1/2 mile from the prison... TRUST ME... it will be the highlight of your lame day

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Paul   [Mar 25, 1999]

Trail starts at S.R. 9336 and goes south along various canals to Manatee Bay, several loops arise along the way to manatee bay. The loops are smaller trails that seem endless but exteemly traffic free. They offer in my opinion one of the most spectacular views available in South Florida.

This trail is best for it's length and the fact that it is never crowded (largly because it is not well known). It offers the opportunity to train (mega enduro sytle) this trail can be so long that your but will feel like Jello for weeks to come.

The surface is composed of Limestone, Limestone, Limestone in all sorts of shapes and sizes. some sections are gravley, while others can be cobbley. Beware of the latter it can get darn right technical and bumpy. Otherwise this is a great trail for training and great scenery.

Customer Service

Only one way

Similar Products Used: Markham, Oleta
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3
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ROBERT   [May 19, 1999]

If you are into true backcountry riding, this trail is for you. After riding Oleta River Park, this trail is non-technical to say the least. Yes the limestone rock is rough to ride on , but because of the trail being flat; it all becomes rather tedious to the point u get tired of the bump and grind and dismount you're bike and enjoy the scenery. This place has great scenery and the wildlife is unreal. Gators , hawks, snapping turtles and if you are into fresh water fishing this is the place. If you are into the pure workout ethic this place can be one hell of a ride.

BEWARE!! This is pure backcountry. Espcially if you go explore the other loops. Bring plenty of water and spare tubes because if u get a flat out there , you will have a hell hike back to the trailhead. Last but not least, there is no shade at all!!!!!!!!!1 I do not recommend this trail in the summer months. The heat is intense and the horse flies are a MUDDA!!!!!!!
HAPPY TRAILS!

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Daniel   [Mar 01, 2000]

I've been looking for trails down south (of Miami) I can't find this one, if anyone can help me out. Please be more specific. Thanks.

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herb   [Jan 26, 2002]

Yes long and monotonous, but is good for resitance training due to its length 60 + miles. Also some other side trails at trail head that have some off road vehicle trails that can be fun!
The northern trail head is on 136 street its called the South Dade green way, the south trail connects in the Everglades NAtional PArk and is called the Ingram Highway

Customer Service

The trail head(northern) is at sw 136 st and a bit west of krome avenue(177 ave) Only cross streets that intersect with krome are 8st(tamiami trail)
88 st (Kendal Drive)
152 st.( Coral reef Dr)
Just ride any of those streets west until you hit krome and then follow krome to south west 136 st. Head west on 136 st until you met the c-11 canal , on the west bank you will find the trail head.

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ernie   [Mar 15, 2002]

Full of limestone, easy to get flat tires, very very hot, as if you are in the stove for many hours. Best time to go is in the morning, no later than 10 am or else you will be BURNED like HELL.

Not recommended for children.
No challenge, however it is good for exerice such as endurance.

Customer Service

This route is rare, not everyone knows about it. It is simple and basic to ride around.

Similar Products Used: Oleta Park or Davie, which is at Weston.
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