The South Dade Trail runs along the South Miami-Dade Busway between Florida City and Kendall Drive/ SW 88th Street just north of the Dadeland South Metrorail station. The trail connects communities from South Miami to Homestead. At Kendall Driver, however, the trail doesn't end. You can pick up the M-Path here and continue north to downtown Miami. The corridor is 31 miles long.
A component of the commuter corridor between Miami and South Dade County, this trail is nothing short of an urban adventure. Paralleling US Highway 1 for most of its length, the route was adapted for—and is largely used by—urban commuters seeking refuge from Miami's heavy traffic congestion. The trail connects such points of interest as the Dadeland and Cutler Ridge shopping areas and commercial office spaces. It also links up with the Metrobus and Metrorail lines.
Cyclists can stretch their legs on this fairly open trail, but you must wait your turn and use caution when crossing its many major intersections. Metrobus stations along the route provide plenty of parking, so you can pick up the trail just about anywhere. Dadeland Mall anchors the north end and Cutler Mall is about 8.5 miles south.
The best aspect of this trail is that all Miami-Dade Metro buses provide bicycle racks, and no special permits are required. So after a long day of riding, walking, shopping or sitting at your desk, simply mount your bike on the rack at the front of the bus, pay your fare and climb aboard—you've earned the air-conditioned return trip.
Dadeland Mall is on US Highway 1, just south of downtown Miami. The trail parallels the highway to the west.
The trailhead at SW 264th Street is on the west side of the highway, midway between Miami and Homestead; however, there are numerous places to park along the way.