Biking the Trail 

A Bike Trail to Admire the Beauty and Recharge 

One of the great luxuries of living in The Gables (or the South Gables at least), is proximity to the Old Cutler Bike Trail. Even if you don’t live nearby, you can take your bike in your car, park at Cocoplum Circle and ride south, or park at the Matheson Hammock Nature Trail and ride north. 

As a South Gables resident, biking this trail is a favorite part of my weekly routine. The experience of such abundant natural beauty — Old Cutler’s shaded path with its luscious canopies – perfectly counterbalances the bustle of city life. Nothing clears the mind more than the wind in your face, the fragrance of tropical flowers, and a plethora of scenic views. 

Biking the Trail 
The Old Cutler bike trail provides shaded canopies and a plethora of scenic views that take you away from the bustle of city life.

On my route due north, I detour for a pit stop into Matheson Hammock Park, pedaling through its tunnel of mangroves to reach the vista of Biscayne Bay. Here you get ocean breezes, the sounds of rolling waves, and views of stunning homes in Gables Estates, sailboats off Coconut Grove, and the distant skyscrapers on Brickell. 

Continuing north on the trail, under oaks and ficus, you reach Ingraham Park, just across the Coral Gables Waterway from Cartagena Plaza – aka Cocoplum Circle – where you can rest in the shade of native trees. I usually make my way back south towards Fairchild Botanic Tropical Garden, but you can continue into Coconut Grove if you have the endurance. Either way, you’ll be recharged and ready for more.