Rickenbacker Trail
Rickenbacker Trail

Rickenbacker Trail

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Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, Florida, 33149

The basics

Along Rickenbacker Trail, you’ll find picnic areas, coastal dunes, and even an amusement center at Crandon Park, which sits at the northern end of the trail, and attracts visitors for snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking. On the southern end of the trail stands the historical Cape Florida Lighthouse, while Bill Baggs Cape State Park includes one of the more low-key beaches along the path. Some guided city tours include a stop at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, where you can snag photos of the Miami skyline.

If you’re biking the trail, there’s an option that adds about four miles (6.4 kilometers) to your ride if you turn at Virginia Key’s Arthur Lamb Road. For a really adventurous route, the trail combines with Commodore Trail, Old Cutler Trail, and Biscayne Trail for a ride totaling around 27 miles (43 kilometers).

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Things to know before you go

  • Bring water, sunscreen, and protective clothing if necessary.

  • Many trail-goers find lots of sun and a lack of shade during midday, making running more difficult.

  • Bathrooms and water fountains can be found along the entirety of the trail route.

  • Dogs are welcome and may be off leash in certain areas.

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How to get there

Rickenbacker Trail begins near Interstate 95 in Miami and stretches to the southern tip of Key Biscayne. By bus, take 102 Route B, which includes stops along the trail. Some guided city tours stop at Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, and bike rentals are available throughout Miami. If you’re driving, there’s parking at Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park.

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When to get there

The trail is open from sunrise to sunset, while most parks along the route close at sunset or earlier. If you plan to bike the trail, the best time is in the spring (March through May), when temperatures are starting to rise, but aren’t too hot yet. In the summer, you’ll encounter high temps and stifling humidity.

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What to do in Key Biscayne

Known for its sandy beaches and natural attractions, Key Biscayne is an island paradise just off the coast of buzzy Miami. Travelers head here to play golf, hike the trails, climb to the top of the lighthouse, board a fishing charter, or dine at the Rusty Pelican, a landmark restaurant. Plus, you can catch spectacular views of the Miami skyline from across the causeway.

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