Mountain Biking - Wilderness Park and Flatwoods [Tampa, Florida]
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06-05-05, 10:38 PM
Does anyone here ride on the Wilderness Park trails or the Flatwoods offroad trails?
Personally I find them boring and not worth the trip. They lack any real challenge beyond sugar sand.
I go here (http://www.swampclub.org/locations.htm#Alafia) and on special occasions I make the trip here (http://www.omba.org/)
06-07-05, 04:09 PM
flatwoods has a lot of paved trails, Morris Bridge is just a mile away and 100 times better for off raod trails.
flatwoods has a lot of paved trails, Morris Bridge is just a mile away and 100 times better for off road trails.
100? More like 10.
If you think Morris Bridge is good, you'd be blown away by Alafia or Santos then. Morris Bridge is a joke compared to them.
06-08-05, 09:54 AM
I agree with Raiyn on Alafia and definately Santos. One of my favorite places to ride in FL. Another place he failed to mention which I like to ride is Carter Road over in Mulberry. You can find directions on www.swampclub.org or www.ridgeriders.net.
If you are more into some agressive riding, then go to www.ridgeriders.net, sign up for a yearly membership and it'll grant you access to the T.O.E. The Trail of Experience. Lots of stunts, elevated trails and a Dirt Jump area.
If you haven't seen the latest issue of Bike Magazine, go pick one up. Dangerous Dan, and Wade Simmons visited Florida in the Spring and BIKE did a nice article on Freeriding in Florida.
Other places to travel to. Tallahassee has some sweet trails, there is also Razorback in the town of Reddick. (Hey, I didn't name the town). It's just North of Ocala. Just South of Ocala is an area called Hard Rock. This was a great place to ride, however, now it's a MX course. From what I understand, if you go there to ride MX and bring your mountain bikes, you can ride. However, they won't let you in the gate to "JUST" ride your mountain bike. Stooopid! I did a couple races there and it was an awesome place to ride.
06-08-05, 11:58 AM
I have ridden Carter Road in Lakeland it was very pretty there and not many people there to run into. Been to Hard Rock in Ocala a few years back, we didnt have any problem getting in, I think it was a few bucks @ the gate, I cant remember though. HR was for sure the MOST INTENSE place I have ridden. They had some rider air lifted out or there the day I was there. Raiyn, I will have to look into Santos, never heard of that place. Is it larger than Morris Bridge? Do you have to be a member of some club or is it open to the public?
06-08-05, 01:01 PM
Santos is open to all. www.omba.org will get you most of the information you need. It's definately worth the trip. I understand the campground is now open. Great to head up on Saturday, spend the night and come home late Sunday. Dern hot this time of year. During the middle of the day you can head to the Ocala Nat'l Forest and swim in the natural springs to cool off. Only about 20 mins. away!
If you've got a set of lights, Santos is great for a night ride!
I ride where I can, most often it is at myakka state park, seeing as they are tearing up most of my favorite spots for riding around here, I have resorted to finding my own spot out of the way.
06-08-05, 03:15 PM
If you are only riding Myakka, you really need to head up to Alafia for an experience you won't forget.
To get there, head up I-75 to the Sun City Center Exit (don't know #) head east until you hit St. Rd. 37 (near Fort Lonesome) O.k., Ft. Lonesome consists of a convenience store and an FP&L Substation. Head North on 37, until you see the sign for Alafia State Park on your right. (Near the crest of a hill, so don't go too fast!!!)
$4.00 per carload. You need a helmet, and you can get trail maps at the Ranger Station (where you pay to get in).
Usually there are about 20 to 30 cars on Saturday or Sunday mornings.
Thanks for the tip a2psyklnut, I might have to take a road trip up that way one of these weekends.
Hope to see you there.
. Raiyn, I will have to look into Santos, never heard of that place. Is it larger than Morris Bridge?
It's larger and has a LOT more to offer in terms of riding for all levels. Entry is free thanks to OMBA, they only thing they (and I) ask is that you treat the trails with respect and that you take anything that you bring in out with you. (Not that this shouldn't be observed on ALL TRAILS)
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