Oleta River State Park - Trail, North Miami Beach, Florida

Oleta River State Park - Trail, North Miami Beach, Florida

DESCRIPTION

The most technical trail in South Florida ! Plenty of roots, rocks, and trees. A great place to ride! check out the NORBA state race there 11-22-98.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 14, 2016]
xgeeiox
Cross Country Rider

good work out, will set you up to learn your bike, there are climbs, quick sections , challenging root climbs with rocks, some great fast drops. i have been riding on an off for the better part of 8 years and i really do like this trail system. i do also ride all the other trials in south fl and have done a few in central fl and Alabama and this trail system is a good place to get a decent work out learn some bike control. if you are complaining about the roots you have to learn better lines or look in to a fat tire bike or some rear suspension. my sc tallboy suits the trials just fine,

Customer Service

all the trials in the order they come up, starting at the stranglers fig and just keep on going

Similar Products Used:

markham park, ameilia, virginia key

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Apr 06, 2014]
Jonno
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail for the 1st time in 10 years. I had to ride it because Virginia Key was closed for maintenance and Amelia had some super event going on and I could not get in. Somebody had said that Oleta had gotten better. After 10 years I would hope so as when I rode it last it sucked!! Guess what? Oleta still SUCKS. Zero flow, poor maintenance and piss poor trail marking. This trail has so much potential it is scary, but it really feels like this is the red headed step child of S. FL MTB trails. Any time it felt like you could build up a little momentum, a random rock pile or stupid man made obstacle would be right there. Talk to the folks at Amelia on how to build a trail!

Customer Service

Go south on 95 to Virginia Key or take 139th. street west to Amelia. If your in Broward County go to Markham. Even Quiet Waters is more fun to ride and cheaper also

Similar Products Used:

Amelia, Markham, Quiet Waters

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1
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2
[Dec 27, 2012]
IKnowURider
Weekend Warrior

I went to this trail for the first time in a couple years because I wanted to try something different again instead of my old stanbys in Broward County. Now I remember why I haven't been in a couple years. The story is like this twist, turn, root, up 4 feet, root, down 4 feet, root, and repeat ad infinitum. No challenge here, mostly monotony.

Customer Service

None.

Similar Products Used:

Markham or Amelia.

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1
VALUE
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1
[Dec 16, 2012]
peavey_amp
Cross Country Rider

Rode once here last year, was hoping it would improve in a years time. But I was very wrong. You can ride all trails and not know the difference between expert and novice. This place is nothing but flow-less terrain and loose rocks on every corner to zap any speed you have. One section there's even a plastic tarp covering the trail, stupid. Lacking proper signage as well. Don't bring your girlfriend here because she'll probably dump your ass. It's like they decided to put in a trail but didn't bother to maintain it. The "pump" track needs extreme help. The only reason it's getting 3 stars for technicality is because there is rock after rock and roots everyflippingwhere. And it does require more patience than skill, it's not fun at all.

Customer Service

None, save your money because they charge to get in

Similar Products Used:

Markham Park

I don't wear spandex, include an All Mountain categories.

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1
VALUE
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1
[Jan 16, 2012]
vnelson88
Racer

Ive been riding in Miami now for 15 or so years. I started riding here at Oleta. For years this trail was all I knew, riding it 2-3 times a week...and I don't live close. As I became a better rider I started to look elsewere to ride. Markham trails were not clearly marked and even further of a drive from Oleta and Amelia was nothing it is today.

Through the years the sport has taken off in South Florida and the surrounding parks have taken off. Now there is Amelia, Markham, Oleta, Virginia Key, and Vista View if your into that kind of park. I haven't been to Oleta in a while, and for good reason. I forgot how bad it has gotten, or maybe how much better the other parks have gotten. To some it up the park has "No Flow". In a recent post on another forum, someome mentioned that they were disappointed that the 12 Hrs of Oleta had been moved to Amelia this year. The arguement that this person tried to make was that Oleta lacked "flow" and I couldn't agree more. The trails are so covered in loose rock and roots that it is near impossible to get any kind of corner speed. And a rhythm...forget about that. I had to fight to keep from bailing on the ride all together. This park needs some serious improvements. Some of which are mentioned in other posts on this forum.

So in short, if your gonna ride in the Miami area, in my opinion, ride elsewhere. There is SO much better riding at Amelia in Hialeah or Markham park in Sunrise.

Similar Products Used:

Amelia Earhart, Markham Park, Virginia Key

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1
VALUE
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2
[Jan 12, 2011]
mike_d_1583
Cross Country Rider

Down from Cincinnati on vacation and thought I'd check this place out. There are a lot of different trail, about 15-20 but only about 12 miles total, which makes it a little confusing at times. Some of the trails are poorly marked making it easy it veer off course. This is an ok trail for somebody who has limited physical capabilities. It only has about 20 feet of elevation change, so it gets boring really fast and it has ZERO FLOW. The expert sections made me laugh, I didn't see anything expert about it. There are alot of roots and loose rocks to throw you off course. You really have to pay attention to the trail as they are poorly marked and maintained. Also, why did they cut some of the roots out from healthy trees, make people ride it! This trail needs more flow and more berms to offset the very loose conditions. I would say this trail is more annoying than technical. Tons of ferns and overgrowth to smack you in the face too if you enjoy that.

There is a little warmup track near the parking lot, which is a failed attempt at a pump-track. They need to berm-up some of the turns, and re-pack the existing berms. Some of the jumps would be better if they smoothed out the entrance, as it is now, there is a 2 inch lip on which takes away all speed. Seems they could do a better job with the maintenance. Bring in some fill dirt for a better ride, all those loose rocks really spoil the mood.

And it's $6.00 to enter the park, seems overpriced.


Customer Service

Whichever one you find first. Pay little attention to the trail difficulty system, as they are all about the same. If you have riden anywhere besides Florida, these trails will be easy due to the flatness.

There is also a pull-up bar near the warmup track, which is a plus.

Similar Products Used:

Don't know.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jun 03, 2010]
MrkPrkMadness
Weekend Warrior

Take off Your seat and swap it for a nice beach cruiser fat bottom seat. Lots of rocks, and lots of roots. Trails and not clearly marked at all. Very easy to get lost. Out of all the parks in Sofla this is by far the worst.

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2
VALUE
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3
[Mar 24, 2010]
Denis
Cross Country Rider

I've been riding at Oleta for almost 2 years now. I am so happy to have this trail so close to me. Everything is great about this trail. Variety of skill level, beautiful and the trails are extremely well maintained. If you are ever down here in FL check this trail out, you will not be disappointed.

Customer Service

Take the first intermediate trail that starts to the right than just follow them all the way to Gilligan's island ( trail) enjoy!

Similar Products Used:

Markham park (stay AWAY from Amelia Earhart park)

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 11, 2010]
Quik564
Cross Country Rider

A video summary of the park in High Definition:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXM_8e3XT_w&fmt=22

Rocky, rooty and technical with a great variety of trail features for SoFla. The harder you ride the harder Oleta becomes.

Customer Service

Strangler Fig, El Diablo, Half Pipe, Americorps, Gator Bank, Gumbo Limbo, Dragon's Gate, Dragon's Tail, Kitchen Sink, FIU Overlook, French Connection, Christmas Tree, Oyster Ridge, Mangrove Bridge, High Pass, Robinson Ridge, Gilligan's Island, Area 51, Goldstick, and Volunteer.

Similar Products Used:

Markham Park, Amelia Earhart Park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 20, 2009]
dubdryver
Cross Country Rider

Trails are always expanding, probably now around 13mi. in total. There is plenty of variety that include novice, intermediate, and expert sections that offer a great makeup of mtb riding. These are mountain bike trails and chances are your bmx or beach cruiser will be inadequite for the trails other than novice. The best part about Oleta is the mtb community that it attracts. Show up any weekend or on a race weekend and be amazed of how many people share the same interest! I have to hand it to the volunteer maintenance crews, though some of us may not always agree with the new additions, They do a good job considering the sheer numbers that ride the trails on a weekly basis. Currently as of this post, 20 MAR 09 the trails are pretty soft and eroding due to the lack of rain. Tread Lightly to preserve them! If you are interested in taking part in volunteer trail maintenance, you can sign up and help others nearly every sunday.

There is a bike wash and plenty of parking in the park, it is truely an "All in One" park, and there is something for everyone there!

Customer Service

I have been riding the trails for many years and I still don't remember the names or pay attention to them. I hit up the back 15% of Rocky Mile as a warm-up and wrap into the first set of trails at the trailhead leading back to the trails following the maintenance road breaking out to Giligan's Island and then backtracking to Gatorbank and following the whole route again, finishing up with Rocky Mile. This adds a few extra miles into the same ride.

Similar Products Used:

If you find Oleta a little bland and novice'ish, hit up Markham Park in Sunrise. There you will find a shorter trail set with more demanding singletrack and expert technical sections. Currently Markham is suffering similar trail effects from the dry weather, so tread lightly. The trail make up is a bit less roots and rocks but makes up by adding technical difficulty.

There is also Amelia Earhart Park. It is definately less travelled than Oleta or Markham, and does not receive the same trail maintanance as the other two. It does offer the a mix of both Oleta and Markham though. I personally have not rode the park in the last 6 months but I am considering it the couple weeks to see where it's status is. I will review the park post ride.

All-in-All, The trail riding in SFL is second to none in terms of what there is to work with and definately more than anyone would expect to be in the region. Hands down, the MTB community and the Organizations that fuel the sport really deserve a lot of credit for it! It is a diamond in the rough, and the people associated with it need to be proud. Great Job Guys!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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