Oleta River State Park
Open: Open all year
*For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground for organized groups.
About: Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area. Although it offers a variety of recreational opportunities, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. Along the Oleta River, at the north end of the park, a large stand of beautiful mangrove forest preserves native South Florida plants and wildlife. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle the river to explore this amazing natural area. Swimming from a 1,200-foot sandy beach and saltwater fishing are also popular activities. Picnic tables and grills are available. Nine pavilions can be rented for a fee. All have water, and the largest one has electricity. Visitors can rent kayaks, canoes, and bicycles. The park has a loaner system for bicycle helmets. For overnight visits, the park has rustic, air-conditioned cabins and a youth campground for organized groups. Located at 3400 NE 163rd Street, off I-95 in North Miami.
The Youth Group Camping Area is available for organized youth groups 18 and under. One chaperone is required for every ten youth campers. There are three primitive campsites which can accommodate 30 campers each. Each site is equipped with two tables, a fire circle, restroom and cold water shower. There is no electricity in the primitive camp. There is a community pavilion for the youth camps to share. Pets are not allowed in the primitive group camp. A group representative must check in before 5:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. Firewood is available at the Ranger Station. Call the park for more information and reservations at (305) 919-1844.
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