Amelia Earhart Park (Hialeah, FL)
The 7-8 mile mountain biking trail at Amelia Earhart Park, located in the heart of the industrial section of Hialeah, has undergone some wonderful new changes since the end of 2010 and is in better shape than ever. Many of the man-made climbs were rebuilt, bankings were bolstered, and South Florida’s famous “liquid sunshine” helped pack it all down. Much hard work was performed by the volunteers who maintain the trail and it shows. Amelia is a fun ride and well worth the park entrance fee of $6 per car.
For Novice Riders/Children
Amelia has quite a bit of trail that is easily ridden by even the youngest mountain bikers. There is a good deal of shell rock and/or grassy fire road that winds around and through the trail that less experienced riders can enjoy and avoid the more difficult sections. Additionally, there is a sizable section of trail that winds through the woods and is a bit rooty, but relatively flat and easy. In fact, even the 3-5 year-old racers were able to complete one lap on a small section of this trail (with a little assistance from a patient adult).
For Intermediate Riders
Most of the trails at Amelia are able to be ridden by intermediate riders. There are some nice up/downhill sections, bridges, and wooded single-track. If climbing is not your thing, however, you definitely want to stay off of the Razorback section and might want to avoid the Magic Carpet climb. Everything else should be do-able.
For Advanced/Expert Riders
For the advanced rider, Amelia offers up some fun and challenging biking. As mentioned above, the Razorback section incorporates a lot of man-made and natural obstacles, which makes for great interval-training. The only drawback to Amelia is the fact that the entire trail is no more than 8 miles long and can be completed relatively quickly. However, a few circuits could solve that problem.
The trails at Amelia Earhart Park flow in one direction and are clearly marked. Sections that are designed for more advanced riders come with an explicit warning stating this, as well as a bypass alternative. Ride smart, and enjoy the trail! For video footage of the actual trails, check out the race videos for Amelia Earhart Park located in the Videos section of the site.