Video: Ride the carfree Shark Valley Loop Road in Everglades National Park


Believe it or not, the seat of a bicycle can be a great way to experience the Everglades. On a recent family vacation to southern Florida, my family and I rented bikes from the Shark Valley Visitor Center and pedaled a completely carfree 15-mile loop. Even with 90-degree temps and 90% humidity, it was actually quite enjoyable.

Biking is faster than walking, so you get the benefit of wind, and bugs have a harder time landing on you. And unlike airboats, trams, or cars, a silent bicycle allows you to soak up more of the wild sounds that make the Everglades so magical.

Check out our latest video for run-ins with huge gators, a hitchhiking grasshopper, beautiful birds, and other sights and sounds from our adventure.

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Chris I
Chris I
2 years ago

We did this back in 2020 (right before Covid hit), and it was a really cool experience. So many National Parks and State Parks would benefit from this approach in busier areas, or areas where cars kill a lot of wildlife.

David Hampsten
David Hampsten
2 years ago

We periodically receive used Sun cruisers, including the Atlas model you were using. Typically they come from the coast where the salt air completely destroys anything made of steel – bottom brackets, forks, chains, bearings, you name it – but the aluminum frame and rims are fine.

M. Haines
M. Haines
2 years ago

Love riding outside of Portland. No trash, needles or tents. Glad you got out of Dodge. 🙂

Chris I
Chris I
2 years ago
Reply to  M. Haines

This is a closed loop only accessible by private car on the edge of a National Park. Not really comparable…

PATRICK
PATRICK
2 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed that video!