We’ve got FREE Scenic Ride Maps for you!
Year-round riding weather here in Florida means the only question is, "Where do I find the best places to ride?". Answer, "Right here”.
We've accessed the map archives from Go For A Ride Magazine to show you some of the state's best back roads for motorcycles. We call them “Go For A Ride Classics”. Go FAR was one of Florida's most popular motorcycle magazines for many years and featured a scenic ride map as the centerfold for each issue.
The printed maps are in PDF file format and can be downloaded to your computer, tablet, or phone and viewed from the screen or printed out. Each one has the map graphic with the route outlined and includes turn by turn directions and mileage.
The digital maps are GPX files that can be downloaded and used with your GPS navigation devices. With so many navigation systems we can't guarantee the files will work perfectly with every system. For most, it's a matter of downloading the file from our website and then importing it into your GPS device or navigation system. Google maps will not give you turn-by-turn directions but you can import the map and view it. If you’re using a Harley-Davidson navigation system, you can import GPX files by going to the Harley-Davidson Ride Planner and selecting the “Download GPX link” within the Ride Edit or Preview. You then plug in a USB drive with the GPX file on it.
We’ve done our best to ensure the rides are accurate but if you find any errors, please let us know. Ride within your limits, wear your safety gear, and ride sober.
Scenic Ride 44
Even before Florida was granted statehood in 1845, the land in and around the Withlacoochee State Forest has been populated by farms and ranches. The area was home to a sugar mill during the Civil War and was a major contributor to Florida's citrus industry for many years. This month's ride starts at the Florida National Cemetery which is just off 1-75, north of Brooksville. Along with miles and miles of country back roads, you'll find cool places to stop for a break in and around Floral City and Brooksville.
Scenic Ride 42
More than a century ago phosphate mining helped establish many of the small towns in central Florida. Most of those mines are no longer active but the roadways that snake around the pits and reservoirs left behind are the perfect remedy for crowded road fever.
Scenic Ride 41
This is a ride with mostly straight, flat highways with some scenic secondary roads making it extremely enjoyable. Great for the rookie rider. The ride heads eastward before going north to Lake Placid, a city with one of the largest collection of wall murals that you'll see anywhere. Rolling southwest you'll pass the farms and ranches surrounding Arcadia before heading back to the starting point.
Scenic Ride 40
Key West is a very unique place. The waterfront setting, the open-minded attitude, and the party mindset combine to make it an ideal destination when you're looking to kick back and relax. Getting there isn't very difficult as there's only one road into and out of the Florida Keys, US1 which is also known as the Overseas Highway. The ride can be done in a few hours or it can turn into a week-long excursion as you explore the small towns and attractions along the way. Enjoy the ride and all that the Florida Keys have to offer, but remember, you gotta go home one of these days. Or do you?
Scenic Ride 39
There are few places in Florida that can match the historical legacy of the northeastern corner of the state. Eight different flags, including those of Mexico, Spain, France, and England have laid claim to Amelia Island and the surrounding territory in a timeline that stretches back more than 400 years. This month's ride runs through the coastal marshlands, down the coastline, and along the St. Johns River. Along the way, you can turn back the pages of time in historic Fernandina Beach or hit the beach on Little Talbot Island, one of the few undeveloped barrier islands left on the Florida coastline.
Scenic Ride 35
This ride begins in Archer, then meanders through Belleview before heading towards the Gulf and ending in Crystal River taking you through the heart of central Florida. Small towns, horse farms, and quaint country roads combine to make this a relaxing ride.
Scenic Ride 33
Summers are HOT in Florida but you can find some relief at two of Florida's cool natural springs. Rainbow Springs is the starting point on a tour past farms and forests on this route to lchetucknee State Park. Both parks offer swimming, tubing, nature trails, and more. You can even camp at Rainbow Springs. Don't forget to pack those swimsuits!
Scenic Ride 29
The area northwest of Lake Okeechobee is known as Florida's Heartland. Citrus groves, farm fields, and cattle ranches cover this area. There are quaint and historic towns like Arcadia, Avon Park and Wauchula along the route with excellent opportunities for dining and sightseeing. Highlands Hammock State Park is one of the state's oldest and Lake Placid's business district has more than 40 murals depicting everything from dinosaurs to the Last Supper.
Scenic Ride 30
This ride bridges the gap between southern rock music and department stores. Starting and ending in Green Cove Springs, a small town south of Jacksonsville. Along the first half of this ride you'll pass the Ronnie Van Zant Memorial Park, a tribute to the Lynyrd Skynyrd founder. The last part of the ride takes you through Penney Farms, a town that was founded as an experimental farm by J.C. Penney, of the department store fame. Today it's a retirement community.
Scenic Ride 28
Finding scenic rides near Orlando is a challenge with all of the tourist sprawl. We did find a few good backroads in the area near Mt Dora and Zellwood. The ride itself will only take you an hour but that gives you time to detour to Wekiwa Springs State Park or sample the sweet tastings at the Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival in May of each year. And, no matter what time of year you make the ride, the shops and restaurants in Mt Dora are open for business.
Scenic Ride 27
Touring three central Florida counties, this ride takes you along parts of Florida's historic Cracker Trail. Start out in Arcadia, which was once a thriving gateway to the South Florida trading outposts.
The route heads westward skirting along the boundary for the Myakka River State Park. The roads are flat, with mostly straight stretches interrupted by a few gentle curves. SR 64 is considered part of the Florida Cracker Trail which recognizes the important roles the cattle and horse industry played in this area's development.
The leisurely ride winds up in Zolfo Springs which was named by a group of Italian pioneers in the early 1 B00's when they were dredging the Peace River and came upon a nearby spring which emitted a strong sulfur odor. Zolfo is Italian for sulfur.
Scenic Ride 26
Central Florida has a lot to offer when it comes to riding. There are still many areas that have yet to be developed where you can cruise for miles enjoying the rural views. This route was designed as a scenic ride to the Webster Flea Market and then a slightly longer route through the Green Swamp to return. Pick any section of the route and you're sure to enjoy it.
Scenic Ride 25
When it was founded in 1837, the area was called Fort Christmas but was shortened to Christmas when the Post Office opened in 1892. The Post Office is extremely busy during the holiday season with those seeking the coveted Christmas, FL postmark on their holiday cards and letters.
This route does include some toll roads. You can use your Sunpass or the state will bill you by plate number.
Scenic Ride 24
The Goethe State Forest in Levy County was established in 1992. Tree-lined roadways meander through one of the largest tracts of contiguous, old-growth longleaf pine flatwoods in the state and is home to black bears, fox squirrels, and bald eagles. The forest is open during daylight hours for hiking, fishing, picnics, and horseback riding. Gas up before leaving Dunnellon.
Scenic Ride 23
You don't have to be a Gator fan to enjoy this ride which circles through the woodlands and prairies surrounding Alachua county's largest city. The route includes a portion of the Old Florida Heritage highway as you roll across Paynes Prairie Reserve. Time seems to have stood still in Micanopy, a small town with stately mansions and historic homesteads. You'll find some history, nature, and culture all in one ride.
Scenic Ride 22
The Ormond Loop, a National Scenic Byway, takes you on a tranquil ride through the Tomoka Basin. We start beachside before winding through the marshlands and canopied covered two-lane roadways. We've extended our ride north to Bunnell. The scenery continues though with less traffic.
Scenic Ride 21
This ride begins and ends at the famous Cabbage Patch in Samsula. It's a relaxing ride with some unique stopping off points such as Cassadaga, the town known as the "Physic Capital of the World". Don't worry they know you're coming. Reaching the coast you can add a side trip south about 20 miles to visit the Kennedy Space Center.
Scenic Ride 20
Starting in Sebring this ride winds through Highlands Hammock State Park and then down to Lake Placid where you'll find dozens of murals in the historic downtown. This area also produces 98 percent of the world's supply of caladiums. The east side of the loop takes you around Lake lstokpoga, Florida's fifth largest lake renown for its bass fishing.
Scenic Ride 19
Auburndale was founded in 1880 by some northern folks seeking a warm winter refuge. Since then, the citrus groves and ranching have been the maintstays of the local economy. The rural setting is what makes this ride appealing as you roll past the multitude of lakes in this area. We doubt you'll find a road with more curves per mile than Lake Lowery Road.
Scenic Ride 18
Heading through Naples on 1-75? Get off the super slab and check out the southwest corner of the state. This ride gives you a taste of Naples and a tour of scenic Marco Island. There are beautiful coastal views as you roll through marshlands and past a few mansions along this leisurely ride. Ride safe!The inspiration for this ride is the Lemon Bay/Myakka Scenic Highway route. We've modified it to be a loop with a roll down Manasota Key and alongside the Myakka State Forest. You can make it your own adventure with a side trip out to Boca Grande on Gasparilla Island
Scenic Ride 16
Heading through Naples on 1-75? Get off the super slab and check out the southwest corner of the state. This ride gives you a taste of Naples and a tour of scenic Marco Island. There are beautiful coastal views as you roll through marshlands and past a few mansions along this leisurely ride. Ride safe!
Scenic Ride 12
Want to get away from the crowds? This ride through the Ocala National Forest will have you rolling down the backroads where the only things you need to look out for are the forest creatures. Be especially wary if riding through here at night. This ride has a bit of everything: tight curves, long straight runs, and even a couple of hills. Enjoy.
Scenic Ride 14
The Leesburg/Lake County area has some excellent riding roads. This loop takes you north of town and around Lake Griffin. It's got some rolling hills, lakeside views, and curving, tree lined roadways. You're also likely to discover a couple of cool places to stop for a break along the way.
Scenic Ride 15
Good riding roads are rare to be found between the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee and the Atlantic coast, but we found a nice little route that you're sure to enjoy. The ride isn't all that long but make sure you've got enough fuel before you start as you won't find a lot available on this ride. You will enjoy some scenic backroads and a few stretches of canopied highway along the way to afford some shade from the sun.
Scenic Ride 13
This ride takes you past some of the architectural wonders of central Florida. Start out at Florida Southern College, home to many examples of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs before riding out to the futuristic building along 1-4 that is home to Florida Polytechnic University. The route then winds through Winter Haven and past Legoland. Think of all the things that have been built with those little plastic blocks. The ride winds up at the famous Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales.
Scenic Ride 10
Finding valleys in Florida is sort of liking searching for palm trees in Alaska. However, there is an area of the state that geologists have dubbed "Bone Valley". They're referring to an acient fossil field that lies about 20 feet below the ground surface of this ride which loops through the phosphate mines of central Florida. We'll stay above ground and take a tour through the quaint townships of Bartow, Fort Meade, Bowling Green, and Wauchula.
Scenic Ride 09
Florida has more than 11,00 miles of coastline. Much of it is covered with condos and hotels but there are still stretches where manatees, bald eagles, and even black bears can be found. Some of the best costal roads are found in an area known as the Nature Coast which stretches from Pasco to Wakulla counties along the Gulf Coast.
We've selected four coastal byways which run westward from US 19/98. The Ozello Trail is the curviest of the group while you can swim with the manatees at the end of CR 44. Yankeetown was founded in 1923 by a policeman from Indiana and Cedar Key, which was once a small fishing village, is now a tourist getaway desination.
Scenic Ride 08
The Interstate highways will get you up and down the peninsular part of Florida quickly on either coast but the good riding is smack dab in the middle of the state. This ride from Okeechobee to Ocala is a backroad honey hole and includes portions of three designated Scenic Byways; The Ridge is at the start, The Green Mountain winds along Lake Apopka, and the Florida Black Bear takes you through the Ocala National Forest. Ride the full route or pick out a slice along the way to enjoy.
Scenic Ride 07
We'll cross that bridge when we come to it and this ride has you crossing all five of Tampa Bay's bridges. This route features some of the best the area has to offer; the palm-lined beaches along the Courtney Campbell Causeway, the unrivaled view from atop the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the magnificent mansions along Bayshore Boulevard, and the old Florida scenery along US 41. We started our ride in Clearwater, but feel free to pick your own starting point.
Scenic Ride 05
This ride starts in Apollo Beach and winds southward to Ellenton and back. The roads are mostly flat and straight with new subdivisions crowding out the farmland. At the southern end of this ride is a host of restaurants and such around the outlet mall. Enjoy a break before heading back out into the countryside for the return ride.
Scenic Ride 04
There are quicker ways to get from Tampa to Lake Wales, but we believe scenic is always better. This route will give you some curvy roads, some country roads and a few stretches of highway. The destination, Bok Tower Gardens, is just as scenic as the ride with colorful gardens and a reflection pool surrounding a majestic 205-foot tall carillon tower with 60 bells. It's been a Florida landmark since 1929.
Scenic Ride 03
If Pablo Picasso were to interpret Plant City's world famous strawberry, the outline might resemble our map route. The 56-mile loop takes you rolling past acres of fruit filled fields on the back roads surrounding the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.
Scenic Ride 02
This is a short, but very good, ride can be considered a sampler for some of the many excellent riding roads found in Pasco and Hernando counties. The route includes shady lanes and gentle slopes as you pass by shimmering lakes and sprawling horse farms. Let us know if you happen to spot the Bellamy Brothers.
Scenic Ride 01
Webster is a great destination for the weekly flea market on Mondays or the Sunday monthly motorcycle swap meets. Obey the speed limit and watch for gravel in the turns. These roads will give you ample opportunity to work through the gears as well as great hilltop views. Watch out for bicyclists as this area is very popular for biking, share the road.
How many times have you heard someone say, “Florida doesn't have any good places for riding.”
They were wrong. Florida has a lot of great places for riding. You just have to know where they are. Showing you those places is one of the services we provide at FMR. We've put up more than three dozen FREE Scenic Ride Maps since the website launch and there are more to come. The maps reinforce our mission statement that motorcycle riding is good for you. (Check out our “Healthy Riding” category if you want proof.) Towards that end, we use the maps to help you find those elusive good places for riding in Florida.
The maps all carry the “Go FAR Classic” logo indicating they were first published in Go For A Ride magazine. Go FAR was one of Florida's most popular motorcycle magazines and each issue had a Scenic Ride Map as the centerfold. The maps were the most popular feature in each issue. The maps had a layout of the route and turn by turn directions with the mileage. Riders and riding clubs collected them and some of the dealers even kept copies on hand for their customers. The maps are all drawn to scale and the differences in appearance are the result of having three different cartographers during Go FAR's nine-year run. Part-time map makers aren't easy to find.
We've selected the best of the routes and updated them for the website. We've covered Florida's hills and dales from Miami to Jacksonville. The rides range in length from a quick 34-mile jaunt to a monthly swap meet to a 220-mile loop around Lake Okeechobee. Most are 40 to 80 miles long and the majority are loops which will give you a ride to remember and then bring you back to the starting point. Of course, you can always hop on the rides anywhere along the route or ride it in reverse if you'd like.
Paper or plastic? Just like at the local market, we're able to give you a choice of map formats through the magic of the Internet. You can download a PDF file which can be printed out or stored and viewed on your smartphone. We also offer all of the maps in a GPX file that you can import into your GPS device or navigation system.
Choose your ride and choose your format and we'll take you down some fantastic roads that will have you telling your friends, “You gotta come ride this road with us”.