Tampa Bay eBikes. Points of Interest
This park is a rare gem tucked into the south, bayside section of the city of Seminole. Boca Ciega Millennium Park has ample paved roads that lead to a.25 mile nature trail as well as offroad sightseeing by ebike. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission designated this park as a quot; Great Florida Birding Trail quot; and you can view many shore, wading, and upland birds both on land and by going up the incredible 35-foot wooden observation tower with panoramic views of Boca Ciega Bay. The park also has picnic shelters, a playground, and access to the Pinellas Trail via 74th Ave. N. (old Oakhurst Rd.). You’ll be amazed by the diversity of nature here from pine flatwoods, coastal oak hammocks, mangrove swamps, salt marshes, and wetlands. The park only uses native plants throughout the formal landscaping and in 2007 Pleistocene age fossils were found here including those of giant sloths, giant armadillos, saber tooth cats, camels, and giant mammoths. At the park’s entrance there is a time capsule in recognition of the park’s “Millenium” name with more than 100 items for future generations to explore.
This section of the Pinellas Trail takes your ebike ride through the city of Largo and a trail overpass.Pinewood Cultural Park is a popular e bike stop here to check out the Florida Botanical Gardens and the historic Heritage Village. The exceptional gardens have a mixture of formal gardens, native plants, and scenic landscapes on 150 acres. The village is a living history museum with 28 historical structures on 21 acres.
Tiki Gardens – Public Parking
This 9.9 acre park gets you direct access to Indian Shores Beach. Enjoy the great Gulf of Mexico views, palm trees, and plan your beach route from this spot that used to be a South Seas themed tourist attraction. Since the 1990s, this location has been a great meeting point and place to launch your beach bike route.
The highlight of this nature preserve is the boardwalk that takes you through lush mangroves and leads you to beautiful water views. This park is a nature refuge for herons and other birds, fiddler crabs, and as you get to the water, dolphins and manatees. Enjoy shelters for picnics and just being a quick ride from Gulf Boulevard and the serenity of the intercoastal waterway. Beach rentals line Gulf Boulevard and are easily accessible by electric bicycles in this area.
Indian Shores Nature Park:
When you are ready to head back to the beach, hop on your e bike and go northeast to this park. This small nature park is known for its scenic nature views of the mangroves that lead to the beach and ocean just off of Gulf Boulevard between 9th and 10th Avenue. Enjoy the trail, picnic areas, and fishing at the edge of the intracoastal. Nature lovers will see crabs, fish, oysters, turtles, and birds. It’s known as a quiet, relaxing spot that is a hidden gem in the area.
The south entrance of Walsingham Park on 102nd Avenue North takes you past the smaller, south side of the lake where you can access a bridge to get to the west side of the park and nature trail on your e bike. Enjoy multiple views of the lake and ride through forested woodlands as you admire scrub pine habitats, palmettos, cypress trees, cabbage palms, beauty berries, and oak trees. Florida’s state reptile, the gopher tortoise, resides here along with gators, blue jays, cardinals, and woodpeckers.
The Pinellas Trail – Clearwater to Belleair
As you pass residential areas, favorite neighborhood restaurants, and more, you’ll make your way to some of the most serene, country club environs where golfers, sun lovers, and those in need of some RR come. Belleair’s charming mix of tropical beauty and luxury homes then lead to incredible restaurants and retail shops, boat ramps, and e bike routes that can take you to points throughout Pinellas County.
As one of the most popular piers, Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach offers something for everyone. From the 1,080-foot fishing pier and surrounding recreational park to nightly sunset celebrations with street performers and artisans, this family-friendly area is a prime e bike ride destination. Stop by the bait house for fishing supplies and souvenirs, and keep the kids happy at the big playground. Beautiful views, bird watching, and plenty of options for food and drink abound at this popular beach. Beach house rentals are also nearby, so you can zoom on with your electric bicycles to cap off a great day in Pinellas County.
What is the best beach bike ride in Pinellas County? Having your e bike adventure take you up and down some of the most relaxing beachfront parks and renowned beaches. This 95-acre park off of Gulf Boulevard has it all from picnic shelters to a playground to expansive white sand beaches. From salt marshes to artificial reefs, this park is home to herons, spoonbills, great horned owls, and sea turtles. Enjoy the boardwalk, nature trail, concession stand, cabanas and kayaks with views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Clearwater Pass.
As an oasis in the city of Largo, John S. Taylor Park is full of natural beauty with more than 156 acres and a 53-acre freshwater lake in the middle. Enjoy disc golf, a baseball field, a 1.8-mile nature trail, fishing, picnic and playground areas, and direct access to the Pinellas Trail. Nature lovers will appreciate all the wildlife and trees that call the park home, from alligators to birds, ducks, bass fish, and turtles. The park is known for being peaceful and easy to get around on by e bike, and the entrance on Eighth Avenue S.W. can lead you back to the beaches to the west or to the Pinellas Trail for a memorable bike ride throughout the north and south of Pinellas County.
This incredible nature park in the heart of the city of Seminole has it all. From a two-mile multi-use paved trail that you will enjoy on your e bike, to nature watching, picnic shelters and sports fields, this park is a great getaway from city life. As a designated wildlife sanctuary, you’ll spot all kinds of animals from alligators, bald eagles, hawks, tortoises, and beyond. The biking trail takes you through pine flatwoods, oaks, palms, and maples, and as you make your way to views of the big lake, you’ll see jetskiing, boating, water skiing, and fishing. Volleyball courts and a softball field are also available on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop at the benches and playground swings to relax a little with views of the lake and several ponds that are located throughout the park.
From the beautiful sands of Madeira Beach to John’s Pass Park, Village and Boardwalk, you’ll enjoy cruising on your e bike to this unique area. Park your electric bicycles and head up to the boardwalk where you’ll spot manatees and dolphins from above. Check out the rustic fishing village meets unique retail shopping and restaurants that call this area home. Find the mystique of this area that was discovered by pirate John Levique and Spaniard Joseph Silva in 1848 after a hurricane created this pass. From collecting treasures at the shops to seashells in the sand, you’ll find lots to do and can add on boat rentals, parasailing, and jet skiing adventures. Enjoy live entertainment and pop-up festivals throughout the year at this place locals and tourists equally celebrate.
As you make your way over the John’s Pass Bridge to Treasure Island, your e bike tour will take you to some of the best white sand beaches, pristine waters, and unique beach house rentals. Treasure Island got its name from a hotelier that buried wooden chests on the beach with treasure and gained acclaim from this stunt. With more than three miles of beaches, this area is great for swimming, snorkeling, shelling, and sunning. Just remember to do the stingray shuffle by shuffling your feet slowly through the sand in the water to warn stingrays of your presence when you see them. This beach is popular for flying kites, playing volleyball, and checking out the drum circle at sunset on Sundays. Electric bicycles will also enjoy the 1.9-mile paved Treasure Island Beach Trail here that runs parallel to the shoreline. Unique beach bistros, mid-century modern hotels and luxury resorts, and funky beach shops make this area distinct.
Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park, located off Highway 1 heading northbound from Santa Cruz, is an eMTB enthusiast’s dream zone. Class 1 electric mountain bikes are welcome on all 35 miles of the park’s multi-use singletrack trails and dirt roads. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced rider, this locale has something for everyone. Explore the coastal bluffs, sunny meadows, and redwood forests.
Learn more about Wilder Ranch State Park here. View the trail map here. and don’t hesitate to ask our crew for a recommended route. Wilder Ranch State Park is an easy ride from our Santa Cruz store.
Address: 1401 Coast Road, Santa Cruz Get directions
Forest of Nisene Marks State Park
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park offers amazing rides through the majestic redwoods.
Class 1 electric mountain bikes are welcome on all trail routes currently open to traditional bicycles.
Please note that eMTBs are strictly forbidden at Soquel Demonstration State Forest located adjacent to the Forest of Nisene Marks SP.
Learn more about the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park here. View the trail map here. and don’t hesitate to contact our crew with any questions.
Address: Aptos Creek Road, off Soquel and State Park Drive, Aptos Get directions
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park — chock full of redwoods as its name implies — welcomes Class 1 pedal assist bikes wherever traditional bikes are allowed.
Specifically, this means Pipeline Road, Ridge Fire Road, Powder Mill Fire Road, Rincon Fire Road, and Rincon Connector Trail. These routes vary in difficulty; learn more and view the trail map here. Learn more about Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park here.
Note: Bikes — whether electric or traditional — are NOT allowed in the Fall Creek Unit or in the Santa Cruz Sandhills habitat.
Address: 101 North Big Trees Park Road, Felton Get directions
One of Santa Cruz’s most popular mountain biking trails — the Emma McCrary Trail (EMT) — is located in the Pogonip, and welcomes eMTBs of all classes. EMT is a beginner-friendly, 1.5-mile multi-use trail that winds through some of the prettiest scenery around.
Other trails in the Pogonip that allow electric mountain bikes are the UCon Trail, Rincon Connector Trail, and a portion of the Rincon Trail (north of where it intersects with EMT and UCon).
We enjoy an epic loop that starts at our Santa Cruz store and goes through Wilder Ranch State Park on up to UCSC, then down UCon to EMT. The ride finishes with an easy pedal through west side neighborhoods back to the shop. Ask our crew for detailed directions.
Note: All other trails in the Pogonip are off-limits to electric and traditional bikes alike.
Learn more about the Pogonip here. View the Pogonip trail map here.
Address: 333 Golf Club Drive, Santa Cruz (also can be accessed from Henry Cowell’s Rincon parking lot via Rincon Connector Trail or UCSC’s Fuel Break Road)
Hours: Summer (April through October) Sunrise to 7pm; Winter (November through March) Sunrise to 4pm
The Forest Preserves offers a variety of outdoor opportunities for cyclists amongst sweeping grasslands, rolling hills and deep ravines, including two unpaved single track mountain biking trails.
The Palos Trail System and Paul Douglas Trail are the only designated single track trails in the Forest Preserves. These unpaved trails are narrow and designed for mountain biking and hiking. E-bikes are not allowed on these trails.
The Palos Trail System also allows for equestrian use on its single track trails.
Allowing some low-speed, safely operated e-bikes in the Forest Preserves helps make our trails accessible to a larger group of visitors.
E-bike riders have the same responsibilities and restrictions as other bicycle riders. All bicycle and e-bike riders must travel at speeds under 15 miles per hour—or slower in busy areas or where a speed limit is posted.
Please use only official, marked trails. All bicycle riders are prohibited from riding off-trail or on unofficial trails.
These e-bikes are allowed on trails where bicycles are allowed (except on single track mountain biking trails):
- Class 1 e-bikes – Electric bicycles with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops providing assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
- Class 2 e-bikes – Electric bicycles with a motor that can propel the bicycle without the rider peddling and stops providing assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 20 miles per hour.
These e-bikes and other recreational devices are NOT allowed anywhere:
- Class 3 e-bikes – Electric bicycles with a motor that provides assistance only when the rider is pedaling and stops providing assistance when the bicycle reaches a speed of 28 miles per hour.
- Gas-powered vehicles – Gas-powered bikes or other gas-powered vehicles (ATVs, motorcycles, etc.)
- Electrically powered recreational devices – Electrically powered scooters, unicycles, hoverboards or similar devices.
Please note: People with mobility limitations are allowed to use personal mobility devices.
Trail Rules Etiquette
Nature Center Trails
- Nature center trails are for walking only. Bicycles, pets, horses and cross-country skiing are not allowed.
- Nature center trails are open only during posted nature center hours.
- Walk your horse between the stable and trail.
- Keep your horse under control—the only permitted gaits are walk, trot or slow canter. Galloping and racing are not permitted.
- Slow to a walk or slow trot when meeting other trail users.
- Do not hitch horses to trees or other vegetation.
- Do not use paved trails.
- Be humane and kind to your horse.
- Stallions are not permitted on trails.
Join our community of support. Introduce a friend to your favorite preserve, volunteer your time, or sign up for our newsletter. Want to do more? Get in touch.
Hours Forest preserves are open every day from sunrise to sunset. Check with Nature Centers, Campgrounds and other facilities for specific hours.
General Headquarters 536 North Harlem Avenue River Forest, IL 60305 (view map)
- Main: 800-870-3666
- Permits: 800-870-3666 (option 1)
- Police: 708-771-1000
- Camping:855-YES-CAMP (855-937-2267)
- ADA Requests Complaints:708-771-1581
- Media Inquiries: 708-906-1184
Supporting the Preserves
The Forest Preserve Foundation supports the mission and goals of the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
The Forest Preserves provides land and financial support to the Chicago Botanic Garden and Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo.
If you like being in the open air, exploring a park or city with the wind on your face, but don’t love getting sweaty and tired, then an e-bike may be for you. E-bikes are bicycles equipped with an electric motor to help you pedal longer and faster with less effort than a traditional bike. It’s no wonder e-bikes are gaining popularity, especially in Idaho.
In short: yes! According to the nonprofit PeopleForBikes, Idaho has “model legislation” for e-bikes, which means it has adopted the widely used framework of e-bike classification and that e-bike riders have similar rights and responsibilities to traditional cyclists.
That doesn’t mean that e-bikes in Idaho can go everywhere traditional bicycles can, though. The meteoric rise in e-bikers has many towns, cities, counties and public land agencies working to understand how and where e-bikes fit into their transportation and recreation plans.
E-bikes are generally allowed anywhere motorized vehicles are, including on natural trails open to motorized and non-motorized uses. This includes the thousands of miles of motorized dirt trails and roads throughout Idaho.
In some cases, e-bikes are also allowed in places where motorized vehicles are not, like rail-to-trail paths and other recreational areas. For now, it’s always best to call ahead and ask if e-bikes are allowed. For many places, the answer will be yes.
Where to Ride Your Electric Bike in Idaho
If you own an e-bike or are interested in renting one for a self-guided adventure, try exploring one of these e-bike-friendly destinations in Idaho.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is a unique, lava-filled landscape that is a wonder to behold. Craters of the Moon’s seven-mile paved loop road is one of the best places to ride your electric bike and is a fantastic way to explore this otherworldly park. This destination is best biked in late spring or early fall. Be sure to pack plenty of water, as the park’s ubiquitous lava landscape traps heat on warm days.
Boise River Greenbelt
One of Boise’s most beloved outdoor experiences is an afternoon spent cruising the 25-mile, tree-lined path through the city. The Boise River Greenbelt welcomes riders with e-bikes that do not exceed 750 watts of power output and that have a top speed of 20 miles per hour. Vall-eBike, Boise’s electric bike-share program, offers e-bike rentals. Check out Zoo Boise, Ann Morrison Park, Boise Whitewater Park and a variety of breweries, wineries and eateries all along the Greenbelt.
Route of the Hiawatha
Northern Idaho’s Route of the Hiawatha is one of the most well-known rail-to-trail biking paths in the United States and is open to pedal-assist e-bikes that do not exceed 20 miles per hour. The Route of the Hiawatha begins near Wallace at Lookout Pass and stretches for 15 miles, through 10 train tunnels and over seven towering train trestles, making it another top place to ride electric bikes. Lookout Pass offers trail shuttle service, too. Check out these e-bike requirements for the Route of the Hiawatha.
Popular E-Bike Tours in Idaho
Looking for an all-inclusive e-bike experience? Look no further than these hosted activities that combine the fun of e-bikes with the ease of a preplanned tour.
Hosted E-Bike Rides at Schweitzer
Hit the singletrack at one of Schweitzer’s daily e-mountain bike rides. Learn about the local wildlife and their environment from your guide as you traverse the trails around the resort. Hosted rides leave daily and cover 10 to 12 miles.
Sunday E-Bike Tour at Tamarack Resort
Tamarack offers two guided e-bike tours every Sunday through the summer months. The tours are run by certified bike instructors and are capped at seven participants each. Bring your own e-bike or rent one on-site.
Multiday E-Bike Tours
Several tour operators run multiday e-bike tours throughout Idaho. Whether you’re into rails to trails, hot springs or singletrack, there’s an Idaho e-bike experience for you. Check out the tour offerings from ROW Adventures, Escape Adventures, Adventure Cycling Association and Pedego.
Whether you’re a biking aficionado or new to the scene, remember to be prepared for your adventure. Wear sun protection, bring plenty of water and snacks and check the weather before heading out. And, as always, watch out for wildlife.
Sara Sheehy is a writer and photographer who travels the world seeking wild places and great stories. When she’s not on the road, Sara spends her time exploring the mountains.