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Adventures in Oleta River Florida State Park

  • Oleta River Florida State Park
by Bryen Dunn
From Adventure + Outdoors
September 19, 2012

Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area, just across from Sunny Iisles Beach. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife.

Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area. Swimming from a 1,200-foot sandy beach and saltwater fishing are also popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are available. Nine pavilions can be rented for a fee. All have water, and the largest one has electricity. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. The park has a loaner system for bicycle helmets. For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground for organized groups.

Bicycling

Oleta River State Park currently has over 10 miles of challenging, intermediate mountain bike trails. For the beginner, there are over 4 miles of novice trails and 3 miles of paved trail. The paved trail also offers great conditions for roller blading. The park is very conscious about safety on the trails and provides a bicycle helmet loaner system for those who forget their bicycle helmets.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking is available. Paddling on the calm waters of Biscayne Bay adjacent from the Haulover Inlet. Several routes to choose from that consist of open water and mangrove trails and the Oleta River.

Cabins

Fourteen quaint little cabins, with covered porches and picnic tables, provide a great place to relax, with the convenience of being near shopping, restaurants and entertainment in Miami. Most cabins are equipped with one double bed, a bunk bed and air conditioning. Exceptions are Cabin 2, with one double bed only, and Cabin 3 with two sets of bunk beds. Cabin 1 is ADA-accessible. Linens are not provided. While cabins have no kitchens or bathrooms, a restroom with hot showers is located nearby.

one of the best times to visit is fall and winter from September to December.

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Bryen Dunn

Freelance journalist based in Toronto (Canada), with a focus on adventure, ecotourism, lifestyle, entertainment and historical angles. He has been writing for over 15 years for trade and consumer publications, both online and print. In addition he has worked with many tour operators and tourist boards to assist with marketing and promotional initiatives. He also has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. Writing style ranges from real life accounts from a personal perspective to a more professional corporate approach. Bryen welcomes the opportunity to work with publications or organizations that seek a progressive view on current topics. Available for feature destination articles, regular columnist, and contract assignments. Past travel destinations include Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Caribbean, South Pacific and most parts of North America, including Alaska, Yukon and the North West Territories. Bryen can also be heard regularly on CIUT 89.5 FM in Toronto and Sirius Radio on the internet. www.bryendunn.com, info@bryendunn.com



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