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Oleta River State Park

May 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Best known for miles of off-road cycling trails and breathtaking waterways, Oleta River State Park — at just over 1,000 acres — is the largest urban park in all of Florida.

According to Martha Robinson, communications manager for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, it’s a great place to stop while boating in the area.

“Oleta River State Park has a wonderful spot to anchor for a day trip, or even overnight on the bayside of the park,” she says. The anchorage is in the northern part of Biscayne Bay, overlooking the park to the east, and Florida International University to the west. “Boaters like it because it’s quiet, the waters are protected, and they can kayak or swim,” Robinson adds.

The Blue Moon Outdoor Center, which is located inside the park, offers rental services, and guided tours. Adventure-seeking visitors often choose to rent a paddleboard, canoe, or kayak, and paddle through the mangrove-lined Oleta River and its winding tributaries.

Mountain bikes and beach cruisers are also available to rent and ride through more than 10 miles of bike trails engulfed in pockets of Australian pines. Trails range from beginner to advanced, giving riders the opportunity to challenge themselves, or simply enjoy a leisurely ride through the nature and wildlife of South Florida. Be on the lookout for herons and white ibis.

The park also features a 1,200 foot-long sandy beach for swimming, a fishing pier, and tables for picnicking among lush palm trees. There are no lifeguards present, so swimming is at your own risk.

Oleta River State Park is open from 8:00 am to sundown, every day of the year.

 For more information visit www.floridastateparks.org/park/Oleta-River or call 305-919-1844.

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