Once you have caught the bug for cycling, it is hard not to want to build vacations around this amazing hobby. Here are four unique and accessible short bike rides that you can enjoy in the Southern U.S.
Oklahoma River Trail in Oklahoma City
Winding through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City is the Oklahoma River Trail. This 13-mile paved trail follows the river it is named after through a variety of parks and wetland areas as well as the historic Oklahoma Stockyards. Because the trail is flat, it provides the perfect terrain for timed rides. After enjoying the ride, bicyclists can easily access the vibrant entertainment district of Bricktown, which is located just off the trail.
Oak Cliff Nature Preserve in Dallas, Texas
There are some great trails to explore in Texas, like the trail in Oak Cliff Nature preserve in Dallas. The 8-miles of trails are located in a peaceful wooded area, offering a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of Dallas. The trail is also an excellent place to take in the splendor of the Texas wildflowers, and don’t miss the spectacular bicycle graveyard there. Riders will appreciate the shade of the trees on those hot Texas days.
Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina
This trail is the ideal family-friendly location for a leisurely bike ride. The 13.5-mile trail is a former rail line, adding to the charm of the location. The flat and straight trail connects Greenville to Travelers Rest as it meanders along the Reedy River. Along the way, cyclists will traverse under Liberty Bridge in Greenville’s Falls Park and get the chance to take in the view of some spectacular waterfalls. Because it is free of traffic, the trail is ideal for families with small children who want a stress-free cycling experience.
Shark Valley Trail in Everglades National Park, Florida
Deep in the heart of Florida, you will find this gem. This 15-mile trail is conveniently located near Ochopee, taking riders through fields of wildflowers while offering stunning views of the swampy landscape. But the big draw of this trail is its exceptional alligator-viewing opportunities. Be sure to bring lots of water as it can get extremely hot and humid during the summer months.
Whatever your riding preference, you will find myriad scenic short trails to choose from as you journey through the southern parts of the country.
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