Fort Myers, FL Birding Trails and Maps

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Boca Grande Bike Path

6 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

7.8 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Gordon River Greenway

1.7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Boardwalk

John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail

6 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)

110 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Grass, Gravel

Legacy Trail (FL)

10.7 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Pine Island Bike Path

13.7 mi
State: FL
Concrete

Punta Gorda Harborwalk

2.4 mi
State: FL
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Punta Gorda Linear Park

1 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Rich King Memorial Greenway

3 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Sanibel Island Shared-Use Paths

24 mi
State: FL
Asphalt

Venetian Waterway Park

8.6 mi
State: FL
Concrete, Grass
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Visitors come to Gasparilla Island for its soothing beaches, upscale eateries, shopping and the history in and around Boca Grande. You, too, can sample these amenities up and down this paved 6-mile...
FL 6 mi Asphalt
When you walk, run, skate or bike the nearly 8-mile Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, you're tracing the line that once serviced Florida's early phosphate industry and also moved people, livestock and locally...
FL 7.8 mi Asphalt
The Gordon River Greenway offers an easy and convenient taste of the Florida wild through a 126-acre natural area in the heart of Naples. The first phase of the pathway opened in 2014 and the pavement...
FL 1.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
You’ll find the John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail to be an unexpected surprise in Fort Myers. Although bound by busy streets in all directions, the corridor itself is green and serene. The paved trail...
FL 6 mi Concrete
Notice: Sections of the Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail are closed while the Army Corps of Engineers conducts Herbert Hoover Dike maintenance and rehabilitation. Please see the Army Corps of Engineers...
FL 110 mi Asphalt, Grass, Gravel
The Legacy Trail has a splendid opening: the Historic Venice Train Depot, a pale sunset orange structure that fits right into the beachy Florida color palette. Situated adjacent to a palm-tree-dotted...
FL 10.7 mi Asphalt
Pine Island Bike Path, also known as the Stringfellow Trail for the road it parallels, spans the length of the island on Florida's southwest coast. It begins in St. James City, a residential...
FL 13.7 mi Concrete
For just over 2 miles, the Punta Gorda Harborwalk follows the beautiful Charlotte Harbor on Florida's west coast. The route is part of the city’s extensive trail network and connects directly to...
FL 2.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Linear Park follows the route of the former Florida Southern Railroad (dating back to 1886) through a historical neighborhood of Punta Gorda on Florida’s west coast. Although only a mile long, the...
FL 1 mi Asphalt
Rich King Memorial Greenway offers a paved, north-south route along the east side of Naples. It extends 3 miles through a powerline corridor with residential neighborhoods to either side and canal...
FL 3 mi Asphalt
The treasures of Sanibel Island, off Florida’s southwest coast, are easily accessible by a connected network of paved shared-use pathways. Although many of the trails parallel the island’s main...
FL 24 mi Asphalt
Punta Gorda's Multi-Use Recreational Trail (MURT) begins on the south side of the city and heads northwest along US 41 (also known as Tamiami Trail). When complete, the trail will stretch 4 miles...
FL 1.2 mi Asphalt
The Venetian Waterway Park Trail follows along both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway, from the ocean north and somewhat east, past the Venice Airport to north of Venice Avenue. It is flat and often...
FL 8.6 mi Concrete, Grass

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Gordon River Greenway

beautiful ride on boardwalks and new pavement

July, 2019 by djsara

Wonderful people safe and beautiful marked trails with with informative naturalist information. Can’t wait to try it in the fall and spring.

Legacy Trail (FL)

Great community Trail

July, 2019 by ironborn

Loved the trail and I rate it as 3.5 stars for a trail to visit. As a roadie and as a local, I would give it 5 stars. Few crossings so you can cruise (speed limit is 15 mph).
Did not see the water fountains every mile, but many restrooms (port-a-johns).
Kind of a boring trail for some.
Did see 3 rabbits, 3 tortoise a black racer snake and I believe 4 scrub jays.

Sanibel Island Shared-Use Paths

One of the best for paved trails

June, 2019 by ironborn

Camped overnight on the island and did two days of casual bike riding. Trails are awesome, they even have water fountains.

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Pine Island Bike Path

Not even a bike trail....!

June, 2019 by ak4712

This bumpy sidewalk is not even a bike path......what a mess ! Will never even think about going there again. I am an experienced cyclist. How could anyone give this place 4 stars ?

Cape Haze Pioneer Trail

Pioneer is a Pleasure

May, 2019 by brstacy2672

I stumbled upon this trail in March as I was driving around wasting an afternoon while it was raining, and found that I was pleasantly surprised by it when I brought my bike back a few days later. The trail was extremely smooth, with easy crossings at the few streets that you encounter. There are several places to stop and rest if you need. Most of the trail is lined by trees, which helps knock down the wind and provides much needed shade from the hot Florida sun!

One of the things that I look for most in a trail is if I can use the ride as a good workout. The Cape Haze Pioneer Trail most certainly provides that!
There is plenty of parking at a trail head just south of SR 776-Gasparilla Road, that also has restroom facilities.

Venetian Waterway Park

Not My Favorite

May, 2019 by brstacy2672

I rode this trail multiple times during March, and decided that I am not so much of a fan. The trail is wide open next to the waterway, which gives some cool views of boats passing by, but the concrete pavement seams provide a nearly constant pounding in your hands and arms as you are riding. The trail winds south along the waterway from the Venice Depot, and easily connects to the Legacy Trail which is a MUCH better option...in my opinion.

Legacy Trail (FL)

Legacy is Legit!

May, 2019 by brstacy2672

I rode this trail several times during late March, and found it to be one of my favorite trails. As others have noted in their reviews, most of the trail from Venice to the northern end is in a typical rural Florida setting. The trail is very flat, which allows you to get your speed up for a good workout. A few of the cross streets have signals to help you cross, but the crossings also have pretty wide open views and you can keep going if no traffic is present.

The trail has several places to rest if needed, and you can also access the Oscar Sherer State Park from the trail. One stop on the northern portion of the trail has an area that you can work on your bike if you need. Some of the best news, is that there are plans for expanding the trail further north to Sarasota, and south towards North Port.

John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail

Great Ride

May, 2019 by drh81621

Excellent trail located in a city environment. Wide bike and pedestrian asphalt roadway. Good chance to see a variety of waterfowl along the canal.

John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail

Great ride on the John Yarbrough

March, 2019 by jduffy3124

Starting at the NW Trailhead Colonial Blvd and Ortiz, there is a three mile section heading west that is completely off road and a very nice canal ride. Two road crossings. At that point I encountered a sign claiming the trail ended. I made my way south on Metro Pkwy in a well marked bike lane turning left (west) on Colonial Blvd for a block before getting on the Yarbrough trail again (TenMile Canal). At Daniels Pkwy there is a section that advises going down the the crossing lane, and since it is a very busy and wide Pkwy, I followed that advise. Back on the canal the trail continues to the technical end at the 6 Mile Cypress Pkwy. I continued to ride it back up to my original start for a 19+ mile ride.

Loved the trail and the wildlife and flora along the trail. I chased a two foot long iguana for a short time, until it finally heard me coming up behind.
It's a well maintained trail, and well used. A great ride.

Legacy Trail (FL)

A good one!

March, 2019 by mummer005

We picked a great 1st time ride for Florida! Legacy Trail was well maintained and such a different scene from the Midwest trails. We rented from Popcycles near top end of trail. Easy 10 minutes on sidewalk to trail head. 2 thumbs up!

Lake Okeechobee Scenic Trail (LOST)

Good experience today

March, 2019 by flmark

The number of negative reviews had me apprehensive, but I wanted to give it a try since I live about 70 miles from Clewiston on the Gulf Coast. I am writing in part because no one seems to be writing anything positive. Today, I did the trail from Moore Haven to Lake Harbor, about 20 miles. Except for one screwy detour in Clewiston (someone spray painted ‘LOST’ on the pavement to show how to get around some very stupid fencing), the journey was a pleasant one. This section is paved. The most important thing to note is that this is the best way to see Lake ‘O’, because you are elevated 20-30 feet above the Lake as you traverse the top of the dike. Lake ‘O’ is not a conventional lake, with lots of tall vegetation and no shoreline. When you drive by car (or boat along the Rim Canal), you see nothing to speak of- just the dike and tall vegetation. With the elevation, you can see over that vegetation. I saw plenty of birds and probably a hundred alligators (safely down below the path!) This path does not get enough good press. The pavement was smooth and pleasant. Of course, you have zero chance for shade, so be prepared for that. I will be trying out all the paved sections first and then I’ll take my chances on the rest of it.

Pine Island Bike Path

Some shade on northern half depending on time of day. Phillips Park about mid island is a good place to park.

February, 2019 by droffatsx3

Some shade on northern half depending on time of day. Phillips Park about mid island is a good place to park.

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