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Neighborhood trails don’t come much nicer than the Snake Creek Trail in southeast Florida. The paved 6.5-mile route offers an easy and level riding experience along a pleasant, palm-tree-dotted canal connecting North Miami Beach and Miami Gardens. Shopping areas, restaurants, several schools, and workplaces are located just off the trail making it an important transportation corridor.
Trailside amenities include small parks, picnic shelters, and fitness stations. The Snake Creek Canal itself, although primarily for flood control, is also used for fishing, kayaking, canoeing and jet skiing out to the Biscayne Bay.
The trail may one day stretch 18 miles. A westward extension is being studied to take the trail past Florida’s Turnpike, providing a convenient and traffic-free way to reach the Sun Life Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins) and longer-term plans call for continuing it still farther west to US 27. An eastern extension would take the trail to Biscayne Boulevard and beyond as soon as a way to get over or under the major thoroughfare is worked out.
Parking is available at North Miami Beach Public Library (1601 NE 164th Street) and Schreiber Promenade (NE 172nd Street and South Glades Drive).
Is short, the part below i95 is not pleasant, lot to improve on that trail
Not a bad trail, until you get to the final leg. Crossing under 95, takes you to a 5ft ceiling, after a decent rain it can be mostly flooded, make sure to be quite...don’t want to wake the homeless.
Overall I didn’t like the trail. I started at the west end in Tamarac in a nice park. As you go more East it gets uglier scenery. Also crossing the streets is a hassle as you have to go left or right to cross. And the streets can get pretty busy. As you approach the turnpike, then you have to ride on roads and I turned around by then. I just didn’t feel inspired by this path.
Rode the trail for first time yesterday. Lots of good scenery and had exercise stations along the way. Only criticism is the low I-95 overpass which had 5’5” clearance. Even had a station with air pump and bike tools on early part of the trail if departing from North Miami Beach library. Instant favorite and will ride there again!!!
First and foremost I would like to thank the employees responsible for maintaining the Snake Creek Trail.
One of the best exercises we can do as retirees is walking and I try to do as much as possible. It’s all good until we reach Miami Gardens Dr (183 St) the routine is to walk along side the bridge and return on the other side of the canal; that is the part that makes me cringe. The bridge does not have a protective barrier between traffic and pedestrian/bike rider. If a driver were to get distracted there is absolutely nothing in the way between him and me. Maybe it wouldn’t matter but then maybe it would .
If this is a legitimate concern and it’s not your pervue then who?
I took pictures of what I mean but I’m a newby here can’t see how to send.
This is a terrible trail if you are actually planning for a long bike ride. I almost died twice, which did get my heart racing, but not in the way I expect from an exercise session. First, the trail is supposed to be 6.5 miles long, but it's cut into segments of about a mile, each one ending with a major road to cross. This wouldn't be so bad if it only meant waiting for a light and crossing the street, but the problem is that the trail doesn't pick up right on the other side, and the signage is pretty poor. That means that when you come to the end, you have to sort of look up and down the road to figure out where the next part is. I was specifically looking to work on speed, so stopping to scan the horizon every three to four minutes is very annoying. The only time you don't have to cross a street is where there is an underpass, which is the first place I almost died. The clearance is only 5'5", and the sign is not only really close to the actual death trap, but also hard to see at 15-20 mph. I was nearly decapitated. Even worse, the underpass itself is filthy and seedy, so a pretty scary place to ride. A really great place to shoot a horror film, if your equipment is under 5'5". The other hazard is the spots where there are unexpected disruptions in the path, like tree roots tearing up the paving or a SET OF STAIRS AT THE END OF THE DARK SPOOKY UNDERPASS. In both places, I barely escaped tearing the front wheel off my bike. All in all, the trail is dangerous and frustrating. I give it a 0/10. Would not ride again. I gave it one star because negative stars is not a thing.
I traveled this path heading northwest which was very nice until you reach the I-95 underpath, then it got pretty nasty yukky pooh as this part appeared totally abandoned and smelled like a toilet.. Careful here as head clearance is very low and there are a few steps on the northern side of the underpath.. Otherwise, this trail is not bad.
I love this trail. Not only is it accessible from all sorts of different points, it is so scenic, as it meanders along the Snake Creek Canal, and it serves as a great transportation point for cyclists and pedestrians since it spans two major municipalities, or portions of them, namely, North Miami Beach and the city of Miami Gardens!
This is a great path. The path now extends from Sierra park to the Turnpike.The Dolphins should pay for an overpass/underpass and then you could cycle to the stadium
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