Hit the Trails Around Jupiter

There’s no better time than summer to take advantage of the area’s top cycle spots.

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Jonathan Dickinson State Park offers mountain bike trails for all levels of riders. Photo by Greg Panas.

Go Wild

Spread out over more than 700 acres of land and waterways along Indiantown Road are Riverbend Park and Loxahatchee River Battlefield Park, offering 10 miles of trails for cyclists. Spot deer, a variety of birds, and wild turkeys as you cruise along the compacted shell rock route that’s an easy ride even for skinny tires. Bike rentals are also available on site. From Riverbend Park (as well as from Sandhill Crane Access Park), you can also gain access to Bluegill Trail, a 9-mile paved path where you can peacefully cruise with no distractions.

Challenge Yourself

Florida may not be a mountainous state, but MTBers can get their fix at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The park’s mainly single-track trails range from easy to extremely difficult (with exposed root, jumps, wooden ladders, and more obstacles), so there is something for every level of rider.

Ride Along

Don’t want to go it alone? Sign up for one of the many group rides offered by local businesses and organizations. Club Scrub, a biking club that maintains more than 9 miles of off-road mountain bike trails within Jonathan Dickinson State Park, offers group rides around town for all types of riders. They often partner with local affiliates like Jupiter’s J-Town Bike to host events. Check the club’s Facebook page for details on upcoming monthly group rides, family rides, and ladies’ clinics. Also in Jupiter, Riders Only Bike Shop promotes several weekly excursions, such as an evening 24-mile urban road ride that starts at the shop on Indiantown Road and extends through Jupiter and Juno Isles. Stop by their Friday evening happy hours at 6 p.m. to hear about upcoming rides and grab a “Rider-family” meal. In Juno Beach, Tri Bike Run hosts Saturday morning “B” rides, traveling through Jupiter Island to Hobe Sound, among other outings. Sign up for their newsletter to stay in the know. 

All events dependent on current guidelines set in place for social distancing; check websites and social media for the most up-to-date info.

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