Any bicycling enthusiast can appreciate scenic island biking trails along the ocean that are challenging yet pleasant to ride along. You’ll find plenty of them on Amelia Island, one of the top cycling destinations in all of Florida. Many of the roads here are nice and wide and suitable for biking, with traffic often being limited on many days in the early morning. You can get some more helpful info about the top biking trails on Amelia Island below:
The Amelia Island Trail
The Amelia Island Trail is currently the premier paved bike trail on the island, which starts at Peters Point Beachfront Park and ends at Amelia Island State Park. You certainly don’t have to start at Peters Point as you can bike along the many streets or beaches on the island to get there, but Peters Point does have free public parking if you plan on riding the trail to Amelia Island State Park and back.
The total one-way distance is 5.7 miles, which means that riding it down to the park and back will offer both a pleasant and moderately challenging ride for most experienced cyclists. Much of the trail is located along scenic Highway A1A, so it is sure to be a relaxing and picturesque ride with trees and water views lining the route.
The Timucuan Trail
The Timucuan Trail is located right across the George Crady Bridge, which is safe for bicyclists and pedestrians to cross. Crossing the bridge will connect you from the Amelia Island Trail to the northern end of the Timucuan Trail. This beautiful paved trail is still in development, but it will take you through the majority of Big Talbot Island State Park which has plentiful areas for wildlife viewing, bird watching, camping and beach access.
Biking from the Amelia Island Trail down to the Timucuan Trail and back is ideal for any serious enthusiast with a total one-way distance of a little over 10 miles. The total distance of the combined northern and southern Timucuan trail is currently about 6.4 miles. The northern trail is about 3 miles long, and it sits near much of scenic Highway A1A just like the Amelia Island Trail. Eventually, the trail will be extended all the way to Amelia Island State Park on the northern end, and down to Kathryn Abbey Hannah Park on the southern end for a total distance of 18 paved miles.
Cyclists can easily park at Amelia Island State Park and choose to ride either north on the Amelia Island Trail or ride south across the George Crady Bridge to connect to the Timucuan Trail. Both the Amelia Island and Timucuan trails are part of a growing network of trails called the East Coast Greenway, which stretch all the way from Maine to Florida!
The Proposed Amelia River to Sea Multi-Purpose Trail
The Amelia River to Sea trail also known as the “Simmons Road Trail” is a proposed trail with frequent community meetings and open houses to discuss the fundraising and design of the trail. This trail will be paved and 2.1 miles long. It will run east and west on Amelia Island from the Atlantic Ocean to the Intercostal Waterway.
Specifically, the trail will run from the intersection of S. Fletcher Avenue and Simmons Rd. to Bailey Rd. It will then extend south across the Amelia Island Parkway to the city baseball fields, and then connect to the Crane Island Trail and terminate at the Amelia River at an overlook.
The design of the trail is nearing completion and it will provide a very much needed east-west route for non-vehicular traffic and improve connectivity in the community.
There also is a nice scenic 6-mile off-road mountain bike trail in Fort Clinch State Park which can also be used for hiking. It is located on the north end of the island.
The Top Bike Rental Shops on Amelia Island
You certainly won’t need to bring a bicycle with you when visiting Amelia Island, as there are several high-quality providers of Amelia Island bike rentals to get you equipped with the perfect bike and safety gear for the long-distance paved trails or off-road mountain cycling.
Below are a few to contact to get rates ahead of time and prepare for your cycling trip on Amelia Island:
Beach Rentals and More
2021 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL
Bike Scoot or Yak Rentals
1678 S 8th St #6, Fernandina Beach, FL
4925 1st Coast Hwy, Fernandina Beach, FL