Where to Ride Your Bike Around Town

Awhile back (and I apologize for taking so long to write the article!), I got a reader question about where to ride bikes in Pensacola.  We do not have two proficient bike riders yet so I hadn’t really thought about this.  Also, we are lucky to live in a neighborhood that has sidewalks for the most part.  As I did the research to help answer this reader question, I realized that either a) Pensacola is sorely lacking in this area or b) there is just no advertising for bike trails.   I looked at my bloggy friend’s website, Outdoor Gulf Coast, where Shawn and Lindy share lots of outdoor adventures.  I also posed the question on several message boards as well as our Facebook page and got a few responses.   I have visited a few of these spots, but have no experience as far as how the spots are for bike riding with kids.  Here are some suggestions from our readers:

Gibbs Point – Located on the west side of Pensacola, Gibbs Point has miles of trails that run by the water. 

Blackwater Heritage Trail – This trail runs from Milton to Whiting Field and is 8.1 miles.  This seems like it would be your best bet if you are looking for lengthy trails. 

Any of the city parks – Many of the city parks have walking paths around them.

Escambia Parks and Recreation also has a list of parks that have walking paths.

University of West Florida Campus – The campus is relatively quiet on the weekends and has some great sidewalks for the little learners and some more rugged trails as well.

**UPDATED**  Thanks so much to our awesome readers, we have a few more suggestions.  Via the Facebook page:

William Bartram park and along Bayfront Parkway -Z.B.  (We have taken the kids for a walk here and they loved the area.)
Johnson Beach on Perdido Key is where we like to ride. There is a fee to enter the park. We find it to be one of the safest places to ride in the area. The road is new and the beach is beautiful too. There are shower and restroom facilites at the pavillion. – T.B.
 
Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach. There is a nice unpaved trail from Fort Battery to Fort Pickens. -S.B.

Where do you go for a bike ride?  Please leave a comment in this post.

Comments

  1. Hey it’s your bloggy friend:)… Nice article. Another good place to add to your list would be Fort Pickens on Pensacola Beach. There is a nice unpaved trail from Fort Battery to Fort Pickens.

  2. There is a great partially shaed trail off SUnset and Syrcle Dr off Gulf Beach Hwy
    Navy Point Park. It’s a waterfront walkway. You can park near the boat launch and walk/ride about a mile and find a cool playground!!
    For runners it is a good 3.5-4 mile trail with partial shade so it’s not as hot during the summer to run.Lisa

  3. Orange Beach AL,
    Follow Perdido Key to OB and turn right at Publix..I think it’s the 2nd light you will see on the left side a little park entrance.
    It goes out for several miles and there is a bathroom towards the back.
    http://www.obparksandrec.com/
    (click on trails on left side)

  4. Thanks for the article, I was who asked the question about bike riding. We will be sure to try some of these out.

  5. Ashley-Hope we could help! The more research I did, the more I found that there really weren’t too many places readily available specifically for bike riding with kids!

  6. bryant bellamy says

    It seems like the article has lots of places to ride but very few with training wheels. does any one know of a relatively safe neighborhood to ride. i have tried shadowgrove which is nice but only a half mile loop is kinda safe but you still have no sidewalks so just like the rest of pensacola it is ride at your own risk. i have a go cam mounted fron and back so if i get hit maybe the police will have a chance to find the person who hit me.

  7. Hi Bryant, I agree that Pensacola is lacking in places to ride bikes with young children. We did like the Blackwater Trail, but you need to make sure that you are ahead of your kids because there are a lot of streets to cross (at least in the beginning of the trail). I found that the Beulah Regional Park (located next to the Equestrian Center) has a nice little sidewalk loop that is great for bikes.