If you only think of 30A as beautiful beaches and emerald green water; you may be missing out on an exciting biking adventure along the 30A bike path. This scenic ride is a can’t miss, and lucky for me (and maybe you) it’s a very gradual incline so I could just relax and enjoy the ride.
Your Friend at the Beach, along with my daughters and sister-in-laws recently took a breathtaking bike ride (Click here to see a short video of the bike path) along a portion of the 20 miles of Scenic Highway 30A. Beach Dog Bike Rentals delivered our bikes right to one of our Gulf-front condos at Adagio in Blue Mountain Beach at Mile Marker 5. Blue Mountain gets it’s name from the high dunes that used to be covered with blue Lupine flowers. You can still find them along the high white dunes.
As we pedaled by Big Redfish Lake, we stopped and took a picture of the water lilies that dot the surface of one of our many dune lakes. Dune lakes are extremely rare and 30A boasts fifteen dune lakes along the twenty scenic miles. At the intersection of Rt. 283 and 30A, we stopped at Grayton General Store for water and peeked next door at Beau – one of our favorite shopping spots for décor and furniture – but more on shopping next week!
Continuing east past Grayton Beach State Park, we were happy to see that they are widening the trail so the path by Western Lake will have easier access to all the bikers and hikers. If you take this ride, you may recognize the breath-taking view as you ride by Western Lake, one often captured by artists and photographers at sunset with the view across the lake to the wide, high dunes of Grayton Beach.
Just beyond Mile Marker 9 East is the quaint little town of Watercolor. Biking is the best way to see this unique beach side community. We took a detour off 30A and enjoyed the trails that wind past the Watercolor Lake House which is home to lots of events including paddle-board races. We wound around beautiful homes and across gravel trails that take you deep into the community of Watercolor.
Back on the 30A bike trail, we are in lovely Seaside in less than a mile. Seaside was made popular by the actor, Jim Carey, in the movie The Truman Show. Seaside is known for its oh-so-charming, pastel-colored homes and picket fences, all gathered around a grassy gathering area behind the picturesque Post Office. The gathering area is home to the weekly Seaside Farmer’s Market. In addition to the many wonderful Seaside restaurants, we pass by numerous food trucks along our bike trail. The timing was right to stop for lunch. We all chose from different food trucks and had an impromptu picnic. Check back later this week as I share our favorite food truck!
Back on our bikes, we pass Mile Marker 10 and glide by Seagrove. At the intersection of 30A and CR 395, there is another bike trail that leads north towards Point Washington State Park. We promise ourselvesto head there another day and stay on the 30A Bike Trail. The trail is smooth and relatively flat allowing us to enjoy the scenery and chat as we bike.
Just past Mile Marker 13, we pass Deer Lake and the entrance to Deer Lake State Park.The more adventurous rider may want to take off on its rugged trails leading to the pristine Gulf beaches. We, however, continue just past the community of Watersound to Camp Creek Lake. The view across the Lake, with its picturesque cabins, is a wonderful ending to our day biking along 30A.
Want to find your place at the beach to bike and relax? Call me, at 850-586-2978, Your Friend at the Beach. Remember, we include bikes with our Adagio rentals!