Rentals Available Today
Sparky’s Green Rides has a variety of bicycles available for rent. Bicycle rentals provided by Sparky’s Green Rides can also be found at various locations around the nature coast area.
Check out our rental location list for a location near you.
Having the ability to rent a bike for a day offers renters the ability to enjoy a day of bicycling without the commitment of purchasing.
We have families and groups in mind and will have a rental for you regardless of the size of your group. Reservations for groups over four are appreciated.
Manatee Capital of the World
See Manatees by bike!
Thousands of people come to the Nature Coast to see the manatees. The Crystal River and Homosassa Florida area is known as the manatee capital of the world. Sparky’s Green Rides is located right on the Cross Town Trail on Hwy 19 in Crystal River. Rent a bicycle and see many tourist sites known for manatees by bike. If you are visiting the area, stop in and we will show you all the places to see manatees by bike.
There are a lot of reasons to rent a bike!
The Florida trails are some of them.
There are endless areas to ride a bike in the Nature Coast area of Florida. The Rails to Trails offers miles and miles of beautiful landscapes to enjoy. The following information was gathered from TrailLink and are just a few trails in this area. Bicycle rentals are a great way to spend a day on the trails. Plus, bicycle rentals allow you a chance to ride a bike on a longer ride and you can make sure you like a certain style of bike before you buy.
Nature Coast State Trail
One of the Sunshine State’s best-kept trail secrets, the Nature Coast State Trail connects five small rural towns—Cross City, Old Town, Fanning Springs, Trenton and Chiefland—along a T-shaped, 32-mile corridor. From the hub in Fanning Springs, you can take your pick of trips. The well-maintained asphalt path provides enough trailheads, pavilions and services to ease journeys of any length.
On the 12-mile leg northwest to Cross City via Old Town, pause at viewing areas along the old railroad trestle spanning the Suwannee River. During cooler months you may catch sight of manatees in the river below.
The 7-mile section of lightly traveled trail east of Fanning Springs leads to the quaint town of Trenton, where you’ll find a trailhead, restrooms, nearby businesses and a colorful railroad mural.
On the 9-mile route southeast to Chiefland, the trail skirts hardwood hammocks along the northern boundary of Andrews Wildlife Management Area. While lucky trail users have spotted bobcats, gopher tortoises are a much more common sight.
The Withlacoochee Bay Trail extends from the Gulf, north of Crystal River and south of Inglis, nearly 5 miles east to just beyond North Suncoast Boulevard. The trail provides access to a 758-acre equestrian area,
picnic pavilions and a canoe launch.
There are plenty of birding opportunities as well as observation decks along the barge canal, which the trails follows. There are several side trails, including some through Felburn Park.
Withlacoochee State Trail
The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail is a must-do pure Florida experience for any trail enthusiast. Situated between Orlando and Tampa, it hosts a steady stream of visitors and locals on its paved path.
The Withlacoochee’s length, popularity and proximity to numerous communities have given rise to five trailheads, information kiosks, colorful murals and convenient parks. Although the trail makes for a long journey, food and drink are never too far as you travel southbound through Citrus Springs, Inverness, Floral City, Istachatta and Trilby.
For much of its length, the trail parallels the Withlacoochee River. The best place to catch river views is at Nobelton Wayside Park, about 8 miles south of Floral City. From here the trail crosses the Withlacoochee State Forest and Croom Wildlife Management Area. In the mornings and early evenings expect to see deer along this roughly 6-mile stretch. Near the southern boundary, Silver Lake Recreation Area offers year-round camping.
Several miles farther south is the heavily used Ridge Manor trailhead, just off US 98/SR 50. Fortunately, a state-of-the-art overpass leads safely across the congested roadway.
Opened in 2001, the Suncoast Trail is part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System. The trail parallels the Suncoast Parkway, beginning in northern Hillsborough County, and heads north through Pasco and Hernando counties.
It passes through a mix of suburban, agricultural and natural areas, along which you will find rest areas and interpretive signs that illuminate the trail’s historical significance and identify the local ecology.
One of the Suncoast Trail’s most impressive features is the nearby Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Preserve, with beautiful waterways and scenic views of natural areas.
“Florida sandspurs can be hard on my tires so when I have a problem I go to Sparky’s Green Rides for help.”
James Rutgar, Inverness, FL
“I have been riding for years and was glad to meet the people at Sparky’s. They have a nice store and are knowledgeable.”
John Hampton, Sugarmill Woods, FL
“My doctor told me to exercise or my health would get worse. That day I bought a trike from Sparky’s Green Rides. They were great!”
Marguerite Wagner, Homosassa, FL