May 13, 2018
Amelia is a great park to ride in South Florida. There is a great mixture of trails for novice and more advanced riders. There are great flat trails and excellent elevation changes comprised of some challenging climbs and fun descents. All of the trails flow extremely well and are very well maintained.
You will find a mixture of some loose, rocky surfaces, hard packed dirt, some sand and some root heavy sections (although this is minimum). The trails are all marked clearly and there are plenty of choices. Additional trail features are iguanas and lizards that you have never seen before. Lots of them. Seriously. Watch out for the one on Camel Hump... no courtesy to riders, it does what it wants, which is run directly infront of you at the last second.
Little Razorback is a blast and will provide a challenge and SERIOUS workout for any rider. There are many steep ascents, quick drops and banked turns in this section. A few opportunities for some quick and carefully planned jumps as well. My favorite part is probably the descent from the initial climb, which is the first spot to hit a decent jump. Next is the exit of this section of trail, which is a fast flowing decent with sharp banked turns that lead to a double jump and a pretty cool climb through a tractor trailer.
My other favorite trail section is Key Biscayne. The elevation changes aren't as dramatic as Little Razorback, but there is a SUPER fun, flowing decent into a sharp banked corner that you can hit as fast as you are comfortable with. If you carry enough speed, you will find the series of jumps immediately after can be cleared pretty well.
There is also a jump line that runs lakeside (close to Key Biscayne and Golden Gate) that allows some quick and fun air time. Nothing major, but you can defy gravity pretty easily in this section.
Hurricane Irma did a LOT of damage to the trail system which is still evident. The trail volunteers did a great job of cleaning up and clearing out the damage. The Golden Gate trail was still closed during my last visit (April 2018) but work was being done on it.
Riding Amelia is a great endurance builder and you can easily spend a few hours on the trails. They do offer bike rentals (I saw hardtail Treks) at the trailhead and there's a bike wash as well. The park itself is very large and is pretty busy during weekends. Parking on the weekends is a flat rate $7. There are meters peppered throughout the park to pay at. Definitely worth the visit.
Edit: June 2018, trails have been reversed and Golden Gate bridge is open. Everything is in great shape.