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Old 08-23-09, 01:45 AM   #1
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Looking for some places to ride in Panama City Beach FL

I will be going there for labor day for a week in a few weeks and will be bring my road bike and my mountain bike. Is there any good mountain trails in the area?
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Old 08-23-09, 08:08 AM   #2
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I routinely ride a road bike from Walton County Route 30A, which is just West of Panama City Beach onto US 98 for about 2 miles and then on US 98 Alternate which runs along the Panama City Beach.

30A is about 19 miles long, plus the 2 miles on US 98 and about another 16 miles along Alternate US 98 to St Andrews State Park. It's a very flat 37 miles each way. Heat and wind can make up for the lack of climbs. If you take the time to visit the state parks along 30A (Deer Lake and Grayton Beach) you will see some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

I have seen groups of riders on 30A. You could probably contact some of the local bike shops for times and places.

There is also a paved bike trail along 30A the Timpoochee Trail http://www.dep.state.fl.us/gwt/PDF/biketrails_b_v6.pdf but that can be busy with pedestrians in some areas.

You can find information about off road trails here http://www.travel30a.com/trails.html. I haven't done any. Be aware of the presence of pygmy rattle snakes in the area.

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Old 08-23-09, 11:58 AM   #3
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Front Beach road and Thomas Drive have bike paths, it's alot of fun to race traffic on the strip, not to mention easy since it's usually bumper to bumper. Ride around the strip mall and you're bound to hear a live jazz or blues band playing. I like to start at the mall and ride to St Thomas park and go for a swim when I'm vacationing there. The park charges 2 bucks for a cyclist to get in but sometimes the gate people will just let you go in. They also have free days sometimes, usually on Sunday. Ride around that park and you're bound to see all sorts of critters from birds and salamanders to gators and deer. You could always take a dip at the Jetties to cool off.
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there is a MTB trail but I'd stick to the road bike if you going to be in PCB... i'm from the other side of PC (near the air force base) and avoided the beach as much as possible but riding along the beach and park would be sweet... pretty areas... like he said the area is VERY flat... but the wind will make things a lot tougher then you'd expect
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there is a MTB trail but I'd stick to the road bike if you going to be in PCB... i'm from the other side of PC (near the air force base) and avoided the beach as much as possible but riding along the beach and park would be sweet... pretty areas... like he said the area is VERY flat... but the wind will make things a lot tougher then you'd expect
That's a great point, park at the Marina and take a little tour of historic downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, it's a leisurely ride and lots of neat homes with yards covered in trees, each hanging with Spanish Moss.
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That's a great point, park at the Marina and take a little tour of historic downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, it's a leisurely ride and lots of neat homes with yards covered in trees, each hanging with Spanish Moss.
when I was staying with my dad last year thats where I'd ride... rolling though the cove to the marina... was awesome as thats where I grew up... rode LOTS (lived in donalson point in parker... and yes thats where I got my SN from lol)

OP... if you goto mapmyride.com there are LOTS of good rides though the area... and the beach and PC itself are HUGELY different areas...
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I'm currently on Tyndall... will be here till the 11th of sept. But my only transportation is my Marin Muirwoods 29er. I'd Love to ride PCB... I've got a little free time on the weekends... hit me up on here with a PM if you'd like.

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Old 08-26-09, 07:02 PM   #8
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dan if you want a nice ride roll out to mexico beach... much nicer IMHO over PCB (not built up so you can actualy see the water) also as a I recall there was some good exploring trails on tyndall... down boy scout road over off saber gate by the ropes corse as I recall... been a while and I know they built A LOT of new howing in the back section of housing but I know there's still some stuff out there for random exploring... you can find some of the more secluded beaches out there...

side note... I also prefer tyndall beach for swimming over PCB... unless you're going to watch people....
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Oh yeah Tyndall has a lot of good places to ride... I can't do too much with the trails cuz my tires are only 1.6" ... found that out the hard way... holy crap FL is sandy, who knew! I was just sayin if folks wanted to ride in a small group or something I'd be willing to Join up if they wanted. I think i'm gonna try and get a Kiteboarding setup and lessons this weekend... but if that falls through Mexico beach sounds like a nice ride.

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I'm currently on Tyndall... will be here till the 11th of sept. But my only transportation is my Marin Muirwoods 29er. I'd Love to ride PCB... I've got a little free time on the weekends... hit me up on here with a PM if you'd like.

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Deffiantly i will send you a PM!

Thanks everyone! I have decided to jsut take my road bike and wear it out!!
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