Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the trail hours?
Trails are open every day from sunrise to sunset. You should not be there past sunset or you risk having your car towed unless you are on one of the City approved Members only night rides.
How do I get to the trails?
Make a left into the Virginia Key park by the sign that says Central district treatment plant. Drive on through keeping right at the first fork in the road. Then drive for about a 1/3 mile until you get to another fork in the road, continue down the middle and past The Outdoor Center. You will see the parking area up ahead past the gate. Suit up and ride your bike because you have arrived.
Do I really need a helmet to ride the trails? YES!
But I’m only going to ride the fire road; do I still need a helmet? YES!
If we find that you are inside the park without a helmet we will politely ask you to leave, if you refuse we may contact the authorities.
Where can I find out how to volunteer?
We have volunteer applications on hand all the times please just fill one out before you start to work.
You can also check out our Facebook page, it has the dates of all of our trail maintenance days. (Sunday from 10am until 2pm)
Are all of the trails one way?
Yes, every trail is clearly marked in the direction of travel. Rule of thumb is that if you can read the signs then you are going the right way. Unless of course the sign says wrong way, then you should promptly turn around…
How hard are the trails?
There are 3 distinct levels of trails, Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. Each trail has what is called a qualifier, basically if you are able to ride up, down or through the first 20 feet of a trail, you should not have any problems with the rest of the trail.
Novice trails are fairly flat and have only minor elevation changes.
Intermediate trails have climbs and drops with only moderate elevation changes, there are also bermed corners which are meant to be taken at speed for the highest level of enjoyment. Intermediate trails will also have some elevated sections where your balance may be tested.
Advanced Trails have a qualifier at the entrance. If you are able to complete the qualifier, that is ride up or down without having to put your feet down, then you should be able to ride the rest of the trail. Generally Advance trails have difficult technical climbs with fast technical descents. Trails will generally have elevated bridges, exposed rocks and hairpin turns. As always ride within your comfort zone.
Who do I call in case of a major injury?
Please call 911, and ask for CITY OF MIAMI DISPATCH, otherwise you will spend 20 minutes while the operator transfers you between 3 different emergency response systems.
I have questions or comments about the trail who can I contact?
There is a message board on here where you can talk about your experiences on the trail as well as any questions or comments you may have.