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Sanibel is our favorite vacation spot and part of the draw is how well the city has maintained its natural state and allows for easy commuting by bike. So much to see along the way including nature preserves, we saw an alligator on one of them, access to virtually anywhere. We rented ebikes on our last visit, would love to drive sometime in order to just bring our own ebikes.
Beautiful waterside drive. Parked at maximo Park. Wandered around there a little bit and then hit the trail. Some of the trail , the water is hidden. Conditions were great. Very smooth trail. Enjoy
Nice ride. Great for beginners. My 10-year-old daughter and I started ridinf the trail. At first we were only able to get 10 to 15 mi now she's up to 30 mi when we add the Venetian waterway.
After reading other reviews I was a bit hesitant but rode from Matlacha (don’t recommend as road shoulder is pretty narrow). Once on Pine Island I went North to Bookelia and then went the length of the island South to St. James. While not the best trail I’ve been on it was very passable for a road bike with all of it paved. If you think you will see great water views, go somewhere else! Almost all of it is just a wide concrete sidewalk. There is a crossover at one point you have to pay attention to as it is not meant for bicycles, 90 degree angles makes you slow down quick. Covered 38.6 miles total! I will do it again.
I only wish it were longer. About 7 miles round trip. We parked at Maximo Park. Be careful crossing underneath 275.
We went during the even to watch the sunset and see the skyway lights. I’ve biked this trail twice in the evening (7-9pm) during the week. If you choose to park at the rest stop just be aware that you will have to bike on the road to get to the trail. That area is quite busy on the weekends with people fishing, kayaking and doing water sports, so we preferred to go when it’s not as HOT and with less traffic. The trail is close to Maximo Park. That’s the closest parking to the trail in the South side or you can park at the rest stop off of I-275. Maximo Park closes at sunset although they seem to keep the gates open later than that. We road from Maximo and a little further than the map indicates and it was almost a 10mile ride round trip. There are 2 bridges and from one of the bridges you can see the skyway. Beautiful scenery as the trail is a long the water half of the way. The only downfall is the trail is right next to I-275 so it can get pretty noisy.
Awesome trail but it needs parking at both ends!!
I have been going to this trail for years. A while back, it was free to enter the park other than a small toll to get there ($0.35). I started parking at the baseball facility a couple of miles before the park entrance and rode my bike in for free. The path into the park is as good as the path in the park and adds some mileage to the ride.
Lots of cover on most of trail. Has some nice bayou bridges and good cover. South part opens up next to canal with no cover. Ends down at Venece beach can look for some shark teeth..
Title says it all. Note it gets very hot out there. Not much cover on trail.
I've been biking JY Linear Trail about 5 mornings per week since it re-opened from COVID. Great nature setting within metro Ft Myers with lots of wild life in the adjacent waters paralleling the trail. The down side of riding end to end is the need to cross 4 roads, one quite busy, and one with pedestrian cross walk & flashing lights that unfortunately not all morning commuters obey. Small aircraft fans will enjoy Page Field as the trail abuts one end of the runway.
A good trail that passes over the Bayway bridges and through some nice scenery. The only bad part is near the east end of the trail where it passes the sewage treatment facility. The smell can be pretty bad, but it’s survivable. It also connects to the Skyway Trail, which you can take to the Pinellas Trail to the North or toward the Skyway Bridge Trail to the South (there is a gap between the Skyway and Skyway Bridge trails). 5 stars for connectivity, but minus 2 stars for the smell.
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