Top 5 Motorcycle Trips Near Jacksonville, Florida

Aug 2, 2022


Motorcycle ridden in northern Florida.

Motorcycle riders travel to Florida annually for its huge motorcycle rallies. The Sunshine State is home to Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest, and Too Far for Sturgis. Every year these motorcycle rallies draw 100,000s of motorcyclists seeking entertainment and warm-weather riding. Need proof? Read the ​​Fun Motorcycle Events Around West Palm Beach article.

Beachside cruising isn't the only thing Florida has to offer. Not far from Jacksonville lies centuries-old buildings and fortresses in St. Augustine. It stands as a testament to the once-mighty Spanish Empire. Spanish moss, old houses, and tree-shaded river roads suggest the charm of the Old South. All this and more belong to the riders willing to tackle northern Florida’s finest motorcycle roads.

Taking advantage of these stunning rides is as easy as renting a motorcycle in Jacksonville and studying the five routes listed below. Better yet, Riders Share offers the best selection of motorcycle rentals in town, so you’ll never be without a motorcycle.

1. St. Augustine to Flagler, Florida

One-day trip — 35 miles

The St. Augustine to Flagler, Florida motorcycle route is the best introduction to northern Florida. It’s packed with historical and natural wonders, you’ll wish you were living in the Sunshine State rather than passing through it.

This route offers a sunny survey of all that Florida’s known for—sandy beaches, seaside restaurants, pubs, and an all-around relaxed warm weather atmosphere. Park your motorcycle rental and visit St. Anastasia State Park or St. Augustine’s alligator farm to get acquainted with Florida’s famous flora and fauna.

If you’re looking for a more refined experience, check out the outdoor theater in Anastasia. Every Saturday morning it hosts a quaint arts-and-crafts market. Or, you can take a trip through St. Augustine’s Historic District, one of the most famous historic districts in America. St. Augustine is America’s oldest continuous settlement: it was founded in 1562, 42 years before Jamestown and 55 years before pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Here you’ll find tram and buggy rides, narrow streets, and 16th/17th-century homes, excellent variety of cuisine, inns, shops, and public buildings.

If the hustle-and-bustle of St. Augustine is too much, you can find some peace and quiet in Butler Beach Park where you'll find the Fort Matanzas National Monument, built in the 1740s by the Spanish to defend St. Augustine against British attackers. You can visit it by ferry, or admire the marine wildlife of the Matanzas inlet. Across the inlet bridge is Marineland, Florida’s oldest ocean aquarium! Leaving Marineland, you can also visit the beautiful Washington Oaks State Gardens.

This route is straight riding all the way through and sticks close to the beach - not exactly a twisted road. This means you’ll have an uninterrupted view of the ocean the entire ride. If you’re riding this route in the summer, make sure you head out in the morning to avoid the heavy afternoon traffic.

You’ll have plenty of chances to eat and drink along the way. The Bar-None-Saloon, A1A Grill, and Oasis Restaurant in St. Augustine are ideal places to stop. Take advantage of the free motorcycle parking at the Oasis.

2. Route 27 - Back To The Farm

One-day trip — 68 miles

Florida isn’t one big beach—it’s also a land of farms and cattle reminiscent of the American West. Route 27 in northwestern Florida is the easiest way to get away from the city and out into the country.

This route is the best way to absorb northwestern Florida’s rural charm. You’ll see large farms, rolling hills and green pastures on either side. You’ll encounter all manner of cattle—horses, sheep, goats, and llamas. Cowboys on horseback are a common sight between Perry and Mayo. The roads along this route are relatively smooth and flat. It’s slow, sweeping curves and large, overhanging oaks make the ride even more pleasant. As long as you keep your distance from any semi-trailers hauling logs, you’ll have an anxiety-free day trip.

Because you’ll be driving through Florida’s rural countryside, you won’t find many places to eat and refuel until you get to Alachua, the town just after High Springs. Grab food or ice cream in the middle of the route at Mayo if you can’t wait.

3. Swan Lake Road

One-day trip — 160 miles

If you’re itching to try out some of Florida’s twisties, Swan Lake Road should be at the top of your list. Swan Lake Road is not comparable to Deal’s Gap on the Tennessee-North Carolina border and the twisty stretch is only 2 miles long, but it's decent and Lenny from the area gave us the best route to get there:

Don’t expect much in the way of scenery aside from a few houses, oaks, and palms on the nearby hills. While you can get off your motorcycle rental in St. Augustine or Palatka to check out some state parks. The destination is where the better curves are. There’s extra-wide shoulders on the corners, so you can tackle these twisties with plenty of leeway. There are only a few bumps along the way and no potholes. Take this route for the ride, not the amenities. You can satisfy all your food and fuel needs in Jacksonville. 

4. Scenic SR-13 (Just South of Jacksonville) 

One-day trip — 38 miles

One of the most scenic motorcycle routes in northern Florida is the Scenic SR-13, South of Jacksonville. This shorter route winds its way alongside the St. Johns River and gives riders a real flavor of the Old South.

This route offers a variety of road widths and types. It starts out as a six-lane highway, but turns into four lanes where it crosses over the Duval-St. Johns County line. Eventually, the route narrows into a two-lane country road. You’ll encounter a few twisties, but your main enjoyment will be from the portion of the road that follows the river. The road is nicely paved; potholes and rough spots are in short supply. Traffic is minimal, although you’ll want to watch out for wandering turkeys and cars pulling out of driveways. There are a few restaurants and local stores along this route, but an Outback Crab Shack is there, if you’re hungry.

5. The Daytona Loop 

One-day trip — 22 miles

The Daytona Loop has the honor of being an official route of Daytona Bike Week, a half-a-million-strong motorcycle rally that takes place in Daytona Beach every March. Take a break from the congestion downtown and ride this Daytona Bike Week favorite.

The Loop offers a combination of picturesque tree-covered roads and wetland scenery. The A1A portion of the route will take you along the Atlantic Ocean and past an endless array of beaches. The Highbridge section is dominated by a cathedral of overhanging trees that keep the road cool during the summer months. Highbridge Road winds along the tributaries of the Tomoka River and through Tomoka State Park. The Loop also goes through part of Daytona. Daytona Beach is only 30 minutes from the Loop and is home to the world’s largest motorcycle dealership and the Daytona International Speedway, the world’s only motorsport stadium. If you find yourself tackling this loop in the fall, Biketoberfest is another Daytona-based motorcycle rally you can attend.

This route boasts plenty of flat, sharp turns. You’ll find most of the route’s twisties on the Highbridge section. The A1A and Old Kings Road are especially straight and well-maintained, making them perfect for cruisers. Watch out for water on the road during the rainy season. There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars in Daytona Beach or along A1A. The rest of the route is relatively empty. There are only two gas stations along the Loop. If you go north instead of south on Old Kings Road, you can visit White Eagle Lounge, a biker-friendly bar.

The next time you rent a motorcycle in Jacksonville, ride any one of these routes for an unforgettable getaway. Pair them with other routes across the state, or combine them with one of Florida’s massive motorcycle rallies in the summer or fall.