Oleta River State Park is Florida’s largest urban park, located on Biscayne Bay in the Miami metropolitan area. The park offers several recreational activities, but is best known for its extensive bicycling trails, which can accommodate novice bikers, experienced cyclists, and everyone in between.

At the north end of the park along the Oleta River, there is a mangrove forest that features beautiful wildlife and plants that are native to the state of Florida. There are also nine pavilions that guests can visit free of charge; all the pavilions have water, and the biggest pavilion has electricity. If you want to stay at the park overnight, you can reserve an air-conditioned cabin or make reservations for your group to stay at the campground. Oleta River State Park is located at 3400 NE 163rd St. off of I-95.

Swimming and Rollerblading

While you’re at the park, you can enjoy the beach and take some time to go swimming. There is a saltwater lagoon off Biscayne Bay; however, lifeguards are not there, so visitors swim at their own risk. Public showers are on the premises.

In addition to the bike trails, park guests can also go roller blading on the paved trails. Since the park is very concerned at the safety of its guests, there is a helmet loaner system if you forget your cycling or rollerblade helmet.

Kayaking, Canoeing and Fishing

You can also enjoy kayaking and canoeing in the Oleta River. There are several routes you can take during your canoeing or kayaking adventure as you sail close to the mangrove trails to get a closer look at all the beautiful vegetation that the park has to offer. While you’re on the water, you can go fishing at the pier. The fish are also biting at the shores of the park along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Restaurant and Concession

When you’re ready to grab a bit to eat, you can head over to the Blue Marlin Fish House, located just outside the park at 2500 NE 163rd Street. When you want to rent a canoe, kayak, paddleboards or mountain bikes, you can rent these items from the BlueMoon Outdoor Center. The Center also sells bait for fishing and snacks to give you energy between your outdoor excursions.

The Oleta River is, of course, the main feature of the park. The river has attracted people to the area since 500 BC, when the area was a camping site for the Tequesta Indians. The area is also where U.S. troops fought in 1841 during the Second Seminole War. The Oleta River has a rich history that continues to draw several visitors every year.

Contact Info

To make reservations at Oleta River State Park and find out more about the facilities, call 305.919.1846.

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