The Oleta River State Park in North Miami is the state’s largest urban park. It features miles of trails for hiking and mountain biking, and is a great venue for weddings, parties, and other events. If you are staying at one of the area’s many great luxury Miami hotels, or perhaps trying out condo rentals in Miami, then this is the place to be if you want to enjoy nature and see another side of South Florida.
The Oleta River runs from the Everglades to Biscayne Bay. Oleta River State Park was founded in March, 1980 when the State of Florida took over the land to preserve its natural appeal, as it was home to many species of wildlife, plants, and a fun recreational area for Miamians and visitors. The original grant was 1,000 acres and additional parcels have been added over the years. Majory Stoneman Douglas, the famous Everglades preservationist, loved visiting the park, and was a special guest at its opening ceremony.
Oleta River State Park Activities
Oleta River State Park is known for its miles of off-road biking, hiking, and the many species of birds that call the watery nature preserve home. There is also a 1,200 square foot beach right on Biscayne Bay, and visitors can rent canoes and kayaks to paddle down the Oleta River.
- Guided kayaking tour through the mangroves, Oleta River, or Biscayne Bay.
- Rent a canoe, paddleboard or kayak from the concession station
- Rent or bring a mountain bike and take a ride along the many trails, which range from advanced to novice-level
- Guided and Self-Guided hiking and birdwatching along the nature trails. Every New Year’s Day there is a special 11am tour with one of the Oleta State Park nature guides to welcome in the new year.
- The pavilions are available for rent, call ahead or just show up if you are planning on eating at one of the picnic tables or using the grills.
- No lifeguards are present at the salty Biscayne Bay lagoon, but you are welcome to go swimming and cool off before returning to your condo rentals in Miami.
Visiting the Park
Oleta River State Park is just off I-95 on N.E 163rd street. The address is 3400 NE 163rd street, and you can follow the signs off the interstate. The park is open from 8am until sundown, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Upon arrival, certain fees may apply.
- $6.00 per vehicle. 2-8 people per vehicle.
- $4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
- $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
- Cabin Rentals: $55.00 per night, plus tax, plus a non-refundable $6.70 reservation fee.
So if you happen to be staying at one of the luxury Miami hotels and want to see a more natural side of North Miami, you can make your reservations online or call (305) 919-1844 to reach the park directly.