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Alexander Springs trail

Average Rating:    (2.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Flat and very sandy. Not many climbs but there are a few rolling sections. Due to low maintenance there are many sections in the first couple of miles that require you to dismount and carry your bike over or around down trees. Most people should be able to ride most of this trail in the big ring.
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Latitude
29.07672542999827
Longitude
-81.58018112182617
Trail Directions
From Daytona, take S.R. 40 west into the Ocala national forest and then follow the signs to Alexander Springs. From Ocala, head east on 40 and follow the signs.
Trail Length
about 14 miles for the loop
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ocala
   


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Review Date
July 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mike Stephens ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great trail, well marked with yellow diamonds and yellow carsonite posts. Very well maintained by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association (OMBA). OMBA adopted the trail via an MOU with the Forest Service last year and has been maintaining the trail since that date. A few areas of sand as well as rolling hills. Lots of wildlife including bear, deer, fox squirrels, etc. Definitely a wilderness experience so bring what you need to be prepared as there is little to no cell service. Great 22 mile workout ride with lakes/springs on either end at the recreation areas.

Just rode the trail on 7/6/2013, and it is totally open and very fast as the recent rains have compacted most of the sand.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santos



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Review Date
November 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: keninpcfl ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
We started at the trail head across the street from Alexander Springs. The begining of the trail has a half dozen trees blown over it that you have to carry your bike over. After that, for the next mile or two, the trail is an easy cruise with great views. We saw two beautiful deer. At about 2 or 3 miles in the trail begins to narrow. Eventually narrowing to the point of dissapearing in thick brush. We turned around. This trail sees little to no use judging by the lack of bike tracks. Lots of sand spurs. We both had flats. Bring tubes and needle nose pliers! With some maintenance, this could be a great trail if your looking for an easy cruise through the woods. We wouldn't go back though.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Graham swamp!! Totally different experience with lots of challenging terrain. Extremely well maintained.



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Review Date
April 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: iwander ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is very clearly marked with bright yellow diamonds and directional arrows at very frequent intervals. It is well-documented as being open to bikes. There was only one tree across the trail, all the others had been cut to allow easy passage. Sand was bad where ATV trails and firebreaks crossed, otherwise, the surface was pretty good, at least it is by this South Florida resident's standards. I only had to walk a few really sandy uphills -- and I am a below-average hill rider. The scenery is pretty -- quiet pine and oak woods. The loop is not crowded. I did the whole 20 miles on a late Saturday afternoon without seeing another soul. Carry water. Carry extra water. Bring a spare tire and/or patch and a pump. There is a tire-puncturing cactus deep out there in the woods.

Recommended Route:
Camp at either Lake Clear or Alexander Spring. Ride, have a swim afterwards :) The whole loop is about 20 miles with trail heads at each campground/recreation area. There is a cutoff half way to make a 10 mile loop from either starting point.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Santos



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Review Date
December 3, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Please Select

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4.25 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Rod , from Orlando

Summary:
There are different types of MB riders. Some are into challenges and some into exploring. The Alexander springs loop trail is for those who like to explore. This trail offers a great scenery and a good workout. While it isn't maintained as well as some of the other MB trails in Florida, its still a pretty descent ride. The only setback besides the sand, is that it is poorly marked and easy to get lost in. So If you plan to visit, make sure you have a map and good navigational skills. Also make sure you don't come during hunting season, becouse you can't trust some of the people hunting in this place. So if you're planning on coming
plan ahead and be prepared to have a great time.

Recommended Route:
Alexander springs loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
HardRock



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Review Date
July 22, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: F&L , from FLA

Summary:
By the way, a previous review written by someone said this was NOT a legal bike trail. In fact, it is. Maybe the rules recently changed or something; they have bike info at the kiosk in the State Park at the lake (southern) enterance.



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