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The 13.5-mile Old Cutler Trail goes through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in the greater Miami area under the cover of magnificent fichus trees and banyans. Popular stops along the way include Matheson Hammock Park, Fairchild Tropical Garden, and Pinecrest Gardens.
The trail is best-suited for individuals and families who enjoy a leisurely walk or ride. Although inline skating is permissible, much of the route is rippled with tree roots.
The northern trailhead is located at the traffic circle at the convergence of Old Cutler Road, Sunset Road, and LeJune Road in Coral Gables. The southern trailhead is located at the junction of SW 87th Avenue and Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay. From its southern end, you can connect to the 2.7-mile Biscayne Trail, which provides a pleasant route down to the Biscayne Bay. A spur along 216th also connects to the Black Creek Trail.
At the northern end of the trail, parking is available at the Cocoplum Circle, a traffic circle where Old Cutler Road, Sunset Road, and LeJeune Road intersect. A little further south, you'll also find lots in Matheson Hammock Park (9610 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables).
Nice trail overall that goes through some great neighborhoods. It’s a little noisy as Cutler is a very busy street, but at least one is safely on the path. I’m from the Northeast and hate riding the streets in Miami since drivers are very distracted here and not respectful of bikers compared to other parts of the country. This trail is a good way to still enjoy cycling here. I would recommend a ride to the Pinecrest farmers market on Sundays. There’s a lot of great street food there!
All the complaints here use to be true but they just completed a total overhaul of the entire trail. It has brand new, smooth asphalt, no root incursions and they even painted little yellow lines for the fools that dont grasp the concept of lanes (warning, some still dont, lines and all). This trail is a real gem of Miami.
This could be a great trail, but there is so much plant debris for you to twist your ankle on while running and HUGE lumps that would definitely be ball busters on a bike. Nearly the entire 3 miles or so of the northern portion of the trail are like this and I suspect at least an additional 2 miles to the south are similar. I couldn't look around or be aware of my surroundings because I had to keep my eyes glued to the ground ahead of me at all times to avoid the hazards. The trail also narrows very abruptly at several points due to huge trees growing into the trail. I always wondered why most cyclists ride in the road rather than using this "nice" trail. Now I know.
There are a lot of driveways and streets that cross this bike "trail", but most motorists are quite good about anticipating pedestrians/bicyclists. The only exception is the Matheson Park entrance. There must be dozens of close calls with boat-towing drunks daily on this trail.
Most of the trail had good shade and the area seems relatively safe during the day. For a good portion of it, you are running/biking pretty close to the road. Not good.
The trail is beautiful, but it is very bumpy due to the tree roots lifting up the asphalt. You do not want to ride a bike with thin tires on this. Even my hybrid bike wasn't too comfy for the bumps on this ride. You can not go super fast because of the bumps.
Excellent scenery & good shade here. Quite a few tree root bumps, so it's more mountain-bike friendly. There's a few real narrow points that're one-lane-only, but not marked.
So it's a very fine trail, but soitenly not for the speedy type.
nicely shaded trail...beautiful neighborhood with nice view of Florida's vegetation.
I take my dog and he loves it too.
It's safe! Wide and spacious that I get to push my girls In their jogging stroller without interfering with other runners/walkers and/or bikers. Besides you have good shade and that helps dealing with humidity/heat.
Went walking with my dogs just recently and I loved it so much that we will frequent this trail, without a doubt! The gardens aren't pet friendly so if you're planning to visit those, then leave your furry ones at home. Bring your own water and waste bags.
Lovely ride alongside of old cutler road winds past matheson hammock park, fairchild tropical gardens, pinecrest gardens and more. Mostly shaded route, provided by large banyan trees. Been riding this route since 1970's and never bored with it.
Contrary to the description, this trail is not for inline skating. It is often wet and very slippery, and is more suited to running or biking. There are also many rough patches with holes to trip and fall in. If you have to use this trail, go when it isn't going to rain and start further south. This will give you the best chance of staying on your feet. Wear a helmet!
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