|Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East
Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal. This 110-mile corridor encompasses a variety of natural habitats and offers an array of trails and recreation areas where visitors can experience Florida’s premier greenway.
This portion of the greenway is best known for mountain bike trails. Over 30 miles of trails with three levels of difficulty are available to accommodate beginners to experts. The Santos trailhead draws riders from all over the state and country to experience what many call the best bike trails in Florida.
In addition to bicycle trails, the FTA hiking trail and equestrian and wagon trails are marked and maintained between Santos and 475A.
The trail is still officially closed to visitors, but you are definitely welcome to enjoy the few completed sections during your volunteer time.
If anyone is interested in joining us any upcoming Saturday morning please let me know. The crew typically works from 6:30 a.m. to about 2 p.m. with a long, shaded lunch break in the middle. Join in for the whole day or just a few hours.
Hope to see you on the trails soon!
aka AREA C aka The Druids
Mountain bike enthusiasts will soon have a new place to enjoy their hobbies in the City of Orlando. Orlando City Council approved efforts to use grant money to develop and maintain a mountain bike park that will feature a pump track and trails through the woods. The park is located in the Coytown neighborhood of District 4, at the former Orlando Naval Training Center property, now owned by the City and known as "Area C." These improvements will becreated by the Orlando Community & Youth Trust, using a grant awarded to it by the Winter Park Health Foundation, as well as volunteer labor coordinated by the City's Parks’ Division and an experienced mountain biking organization, the Ocala Mountain Bike Association, Inc. (OMBA), which has an active membership group in Orlando. The park is tentatively scheduled to open in the late Summer/early Fall of 2011.
This park land was acquired through the Federal Lands to Parks Program of the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service.
Check out the work days and progress on the park on our Bike Works Orlando website.
Park Location: 899 Coy Dr Orlando, FL
Design Layout: Pump Track, Single Track, Advanced skills areas
Governing Agency: City of Orlando - Families, Parks and Recreation
Local mountain bikers no longer have to travel more than an hour to Santos to get in an after work ride. A nearly three mile trail was recently completed in Mt Dora. The 3 mile trail, part of a 45 acre city park, was built by volunteers and will be maintained by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association. The single track trail has some big changes in elevation and is challenging enough for avid mountain bikers but beginners will be able to improve their skills as well. The trail is already attracting riders from Orlando and other areas. The trail is SOOOOOO new - it doesn't even have a name yet - but is open for pedaling!
You can locate the park at the corner of E 9th Avenue and N Unser Street Mt Dora, FL we'll provide more details as we learn them!!