Things To Do
Posted June 1, 2017 | 11:32 AM
Roll Out to a Hillsborough County Bicycle Trail
There are routes for two-wheel enthusiasts of all ages, interests, and skills
Bicycling is a year-round sport in Hillsborough County. It's a great way to spend time with your family, exercise, observe nature, or get some thrills.
Who uses local bicycle trails?
- Families: Riding bikes on a paved pathway through a lovely park is a great family outing. Hillsborough County has trails to accommodate everyone from grandparents to a 5-year-old on training wheels. It helps that some bicycle-friendly parks have playgrounds, picnic shelters, and plentiful restrooms and drinking fountains along the way.
- Exercise Enthusiasts: There are paved routes for serious cyclists on road bikes seeking smooth, uninterrupted rides. Amanda Coker in May set a new world record for the number of miles pedaled in one year - on the Seven-mile Loop at Flatwoods Conservation Park, which is operated by Conservation & Environmental Lands Management.
- Nature Enthusiasts: Pedaling a bicycle is a great way to experience the world around you, and you can't go wrong when the surroundings are woods, creeks, birds, and other native wildlife. County bike trails and boardwalks traverse a variety of natural habitats: hardwood hammocks, pine flatwoods, scrub communities, and river/stream basins.
- Adventure Seekers: Get some thrills on an off-road path designed for beginner, intermediate, or advanced mountain bikers. One such course, the Ridgeline Trail at Balm-Boyette Scrub Preserve, has steep inclines left over from long-ago phosphate mining. There's plenty to challenge enthusiasts equipped with BMX equipment and safety gear. Check out "Trail Bosss" Jeff Lenosky mountain bike through Balm Boyette.
Where do you fit in?
Click on the map below to see popular bicycle trails, and the types of cycling they offer: