Oleta River State Park

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At almost one thousand acres, Oleta River State Park is the largest urban park in the state of Florida and among the best places in Miami to get away and relax. The park is situated on Biscayne Bay in the vibrant Miami metropolitan area. The park is well-known for miles of off road cycling trails that range from novice trails to tough trails for experienced riders. The Oleta River borders the mangroves as well as forest preserves of indigenous wildlife. Also, there is a beach, picnick areas, fishing spots and kayaking and canoeing opportunities.

A Brief History

Oleta River has drawn people to its banks for a long time. As early as 500 BC, this river was home to the Tequesta people who camped along the shore of this river. The estuary offered them with a rich diet. When the Spaniards first came to the area they encountered deer, bear, panthers, wolves, bobcats, alligators, manatees and various birds and small animals.

Activities at the Park

Oleta River State Park offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities. Guests can lease canoes, and kayaks. Along the river, at the park’s north end, a large stand of stunning mangrove forest preserves indigenous South Florida plants and wildlife. Both Kayakers and Canoeists can paddle the Oleta River to explore this wonderful natural area.

Swimming and saltwater fishing are other popular activities. There are a number of picnic tables and grills as well. Nine pavilions can be reserved for a fee. They all have water, and the biggest pavilion has electricity. For overnight tours, the park has air-conditioned cabins as well as a youth campground for groups. Oleta River State Park offers guests a terrific recreational experience within the confines of Florida metropolitan. The park has a range of things to offer to guests of all interests.

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