With over 25 miles of bike trails, Sanibel Island offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy a beautiful bike ride. The bike trails go through back roads, friendly neighborhoods, beautiful trees, wooden bridges, quiet waterways, shopping areas, and other points of interest. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about parking! Here are a few popular bike paths.
Rabbit Road Trail
This short and scenic one mile path runs along a canal between West Gulf Drive and Sanibel-Captiva Road. You may see some gray marsh rabbits, herons, and alligator snouts along the way.
Dixie Beach Road
From Periwinkle Way to San Carlos Bay, this easy trail is straight and about one and a half miles long. Once you reach the bay, you can choose to view some bayside homes or an old shell road.
Middle Gulf Cemetery Route
This trail is off the beaten path and provides the opportunity to explore the backwoods and Sanibel’s pioneer cemetery, which is not accessible by car. The path is under a mile long and located east of Casa Ybel Road and continues to the beach at Gulfside Park.
Bailey Road-Dunes Circle
Bailey Road will take you to the bay and a left turn on Sandcastle Road goes around the neighborhood of the Dunes with beautifully landscaped, island style homes. You’ll pass the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club and across from the golf club entrance, you’ll find another bike path that goes to an exclusive waterfront neighborhood.
This four mile loop is one way, starting on Sanibel-Captiva Road and going around J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge. You can stop along the path and climb up to the bird observation tower or do a little hiking on the short trails inside the refuge.
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