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Carter Road Trail

Average Rating:    (4.15 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 88

The Carter Road Trail consits of several types of terrain. From the challenging ridges that peak between two phosphate pits to the singletrack trails that wind through the forest. This trail has something for everyone. Carter Road Trail host several amateur races per year and is growing in recognition. The local bike shops have some great information about this trail if you would like to look them up.
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Latitude
27.932313226936856
Longitude
-81.95732116699219
Trail Directions
Take South Florida Ave. (S.R. 37) south out of Lakeland toward Mulberry. You'll pass a Winn Dixie shopping center on the left at the corner of South Florida Ave. and Shepherd Road. About 1/4 of a mile south of Shepherd Road you will turn left onto Carter Road. The entrance to the park is about a 1/2 on the right. You Can't miss it.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lakeland
   


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Review Date
September 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rafael ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
From the main trailhead the trail starts pretty flat until you reach "The fingers". These are trails built in protrusions from an old quarry sticking out to a lake. The riding in this area is moderately technical with nice rocky and rooty climbs and drops going in and out of each "finger". At some points the trail runs at the very edge of the lake adding the extra technical notch of maybe having to swim with some gators in case of a fall and having to ditch out your bike from the bottom of a dark lake. There are some sections with sugar sand that could be a problem in dry season. It is shady enough to ride in the summer but it is Florida so you will still be riding in the 90's,

Recommended Route:
Follow the trail from the trailhead and follow each finger as they come up, Sometimes it is difficult to decide where to enter the finger as the entrance and exit are beside each other and are not very well marked as to which is which.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alafia (southwest) and Santos (northeast), Not close by but driving distance.



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Review Date
September 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: guppie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Pretty sad this trail hasn't been reviewed in almost a year... This was my first time here and its an hour west of Disney so its perfect to get in an early ride and then meet the wife and kids in the park early afternoon, so if your bring your bike if you can!

Approximately 10 miles of easy-moderate singletrack. Not much in terms of getting two wheels off the ground as a few man-made ramps and jumps would be perfect in the areas where you can gain speed and have trail ahead to land... Trailhead has a bikewash station and although the trail isn't marked very well, its easy to follow. Good flow singletrack with patches of sugar sand here and there but nothing major. A lot of the trail borders along the edge of a large lake in which the trails are elevated so that you're riding on a ridge, so if you are careless and fall to the wrong side your going to be swimming. Didn't see any gators, but I'm pretty sure they're there! Decent short technical climbs especially on "The Fingers" section. This was my favorite part and next time I go I'll ride those twice as they are an out-n-back trail with moderately technical climb in and fun drop out. There was another section towards the end that was tight, rocky and rooty - fun and challenging especially since your pretty spent at this time. Central Florida stale heat is brutal so bring plenty of water. It's not marked very well, but you can't get lost as it will lead you back to trailhead. Well maintained but since its Florida, bushes and weeds grow rather quickly and 10 miles to bushwhack is a lot. Props to Ridge Riders for a great alternative to Santos and Alafia. It would be nice if they could post a weekly or biweekly trail conditions update somewhere (MTBR, facebook, website). If you do, then please let me know.



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Review Date
November 28, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Sean Korb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
So the first time I went to this park I didnt even own a bike... This park literally made me go out and spend a grand on a bad a$$ mountian bike so I could start to ride these awesome trails. Little did I know that this would become my new hangout. I have ridin it about 12 times now and feel very lucky that I live so close to this park. This park has everything from the first time trail rider to the make the pros think twice before dropping in on a hill types. I bring the GF and the Kids so it is family friendly to, so do not feel imtimidated as I did the first day I went with my brand new bike and there was a professional race going on. If you can afford the gas to get here from where ever you are, come to this park and see the beauty of Florida that most do not get to see. There is also a lot more then just Bike trails here too. Great big Dog park, for small and large dogs, Baseball fields, soccer fields, and a bunch of stuff i havent even seen yet. Also if you are a Geocacher there is about 6 or 7 in this park that are fun to do. Just Do It! Get your bike to this park!! You will not be disapointed! That is unless you get a flat tire or something, then you will be disappointed you didnt get to ride it all.

Recommended Route:
I recommend to stick to the Yellow routes if you are not skilled, Blue can get a little challenging but VERY fun and a great workout, Red.... well lets just say I havent completed a red yet on 2 wheels. Walked a lot of it yes, but still looking forward to getting good enough to just fly through it without fear.
Wednesday is Backwards day too! Ride all the trails backwards!



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Review Date
September 26, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jcard14 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Awesome trails, just went today for the first time. I have read about these trails for years and luckily was in the area today, so I jumped at the opportunity! The trails definitely have some technical and difficult sections. Most of the difficult sections are in good shape, though some sections are pretty gnarly, adding to the degree of difficulty. There is a good amount of sand on the trails, so I would imagine it is best to ride after a good rain. The only real complaint I have is that the trails are not very well marked. You aways know which way to go, but it not clear which way is the more difficult or easy route, I prefer the difficult way so I had to turn around a few times become it became obvious I picked the easy route. There are trail maps available at the trailhead that helped tremendously, if I didn't have it today, I would have felt lost all day.

I gave the trails a 5 for technicality because some of the sections are extremely difficult, but you can bypass all of the technical stuff if you prefer, so don't let the 5 deter you. I also gave it an overall 4, it would be a 5 if all the real technical stuff was really buff, but some of it needs some work.

Recommended Route:
Appears the trails are all one-way, which is good because there are a lot of blind corners and hills that would be dangerous if there was two-way traffic. There is a big sign that says "Wacky Wednesday" where it appears you ride the trails in reverse.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alafia
Balm-Boyette



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Review Date
August 12, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Acme54321 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail has it all. Big downhills, skethcy stunts, pedal sections, no crowds. One of the most fun trails in FL. Ridgeriders do a great job of maintaining the trail without overly sanitizing it. Don't ride anything above your skill level here!! Serious consequences for failure.

Recommended Route:
Do the whole thing, don't miss the fingers!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alafia
Boyette



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