Snake Creek Trail

Florida

Snake Creek Trail Facts

States: Florida
Counties: Miami Dade
Length: 6.5 miles
Trail end points: South Glades Dr. and Miami Dr./N. Glades Dr. and NE 19th Ave. (North Miami Beach) and NW 202nd St. and NW 15th Ave. (Norland)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6708659
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Snake Creek Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

Parking is available at North Miami Beach Public Library (1601 NE 164th Street) and Schreiber Promenade (NE 172nd Street and South Glades Drive).

Snake Creek Trail Reviews

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!

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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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