Mountain biking in Florida

This year on our second annual trip to Florida, Adam and I brought our Seven 29ers. We had always heard the mountain biking was exceptional in Ocala, so we finally got the chance to check it out for ourselves. We stayed at the Silver River State Park for two nights and rode three solid days. The cabin we rented was more like a house, it was really nice.Cabin in Ocala

The trail system is free to ride, it's clearly marked , mapped, and easy to follow. The first day, we rode for a couple hours before we ran into a local guy who was training for 12 Hours of Santos. He enjoyed showing us the hilliest and most technical trails of the system. We got a great workout that day.

The second day, we did the IMBA Epic ride which consists of 42 miles of single track. You ride for hours on end on smooth, fast trails, nothing like what we have here in Vermont. What a treat in mid-winter. By the third day we were able to link up the trails and ride without stopping at every intersection. There's a lot more to do there that we didn't have time to get. Some to go back for another year.

Santos TrailheadAdam's Dad lets us use his pick up for the time we are there. It is a perfect rig for our purposes. In addition to the Santos Trail system, we found a few other really good trails, too. There's a mountain bike specific park called Chuck Lennon in DeLand. It's a system consisting of three one-way trails that all link together. It's not as much as Santos, but if you do it all twice, it makes for a very fun ride. It's all twisty single track with a lot of quick climbs and short descents. It is designed to flow and be ridden fast. Very entertaining.

Another trail we found was the Dairy, a 7 mile loop of directional single track in New Smyrna that we were able to incorporate into a ride from Adam's folks' house. Good stuff, we'll be back!

MTB riding in Ocala

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