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Crooked Creek Trail

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

This is a 9 mile loop with a short cut option near mile marker 2. The trail is 98% single track with about 2% forest service road. The trail goes through pine forest with some thick under brush. The trail surface is entirely of sand. Every time I have riden the trail it was during or just after heavy rain and much or the trail was under water but it does not have much effect your bike much as the trail is sand not mud. There are some roots in the trail near the begining but not bad. The correct way to ride the trail is to take the trail to the left when leaving the parking lot.
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Latitude
30.400418165343517
Longitude
-85.87669372558594
Trail Directions
From the west side of Panama City Beach Take Back Beach Road to Hwy 79 North. Go Approx 15 miles and trail will be on the right. There is a $2 parking Fee
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ebro / Panama City
   


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Review Date
June 22, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bamamike ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
On June 6, we were on vacation in Panama City so I decided to try Crooked Creek. It was a I expected, humid and sandy. The trail was of course mostly flat with some 1 to 5 ft. inclines. As I made it past the 2 mile mark the trail took a hard left and then another hard left on what appeared to be an access road where I missed my trail sign and found myself pedaling down a sandy road. Please watch mile 2. Riding in sand was tough and slow adding the heat and you have a very rough mix. I do not recommend inexperienced riders to take off on this trail alone because you're not going to make it to the end and above all make sure you have over 50 oz. of cold liquid in your hydration pack.

As for reptiles, I did not see any but I really expected to see a snake or two around each turn in the trail. In closing, I would urge you to take extreme caution if you ride this trail in the heat. Have a cell phone with you in case of emergency. Oh, did I mention there are Black Bears in the area? Have fun and check out my review on Lake Lurleen in Alabama.



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Review Date
January 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JANDSFELTS ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
IM NOT A BIKE RIDER BUT I FIGURED I WOULD SAY A BIT ABOUT THE CROOKED CREEK AREA...I READ A FEW OF THE REVIEWS ON IT...I AM FROM PANAMA CITY FLORIDA BORN AND RAISED IN THE AREA OF WEST BAY WHICH IS INBETWEEN PINELOG AND THE BEACH WELL THE CROOKED CREEK AREA USED TO BE A BEAUTIFUL AREA FOR ANYONE TO RIDE ,WALK, HORSEBACK, OR ANYTHING TO ENJOY BUT NOW SINCE THEY HAVE TORE UP MOST OF THE AREA THAT MY FAMILY AND I USED TO GO PICK CHRISTMAS TREES AT WHEN I WAS LITTLE WHICH WAS OFF 79 TURNING ONTO 388 SOME BACK DIRT ROADS...ITS SAD ...FLORIDA USED TO BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE..I MOVED TO TENNESSEE AND GO TO FLORIDA FOR VACATION ONCE A YEAR AND EVERY TIME I GO I SEE THEY TEAR UP MORE OF IT ,BLOCK OFF TRAILS AND RUIN THE BEACHES....I WAS SO UPSET TO SEE THEY HAVE BUILT HOUSES ALL AROUND CROOKED CREEK...ITS UPSETING TO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT THERE WHOLE LIVES THERE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT AND PROPERTIES BEING TORN UP BECAUSE FLORIDA GOVERNMENT OR WHOEVER IS ALL FOR THE DAMN TOURISTS AND NOT FOR THE FOLKS WHO LIVE THERE THEY WOULD RATHER TEAR EVERYTHING UP AND PUSH RESIDENTS FROM THERE HOMES JUST SO THEY CAN BUILD UP PANAMA CITY FOR THE TOURISTS ...MY GRANDMOTHER HAS SPENT HER WHOLE LIFE IN FLORIDA IN ONE HOME AS MOST PEOPLE I KNOW THERE SHE RAISED 12 KIDS IN THE SAME HOME BUT WHAT DOES THE STATE DO THEY TELL HER TO SELL HER PROPERTY IN WEST BAY OR THEY WILL TAKE IT SO THEY CAN BUILD CONDOS ON IT.....MOST THE PEOPLE IN WEST BAY HAVE BEEN THERE THEIR WHOLE IVES AND ARE BEING PUSHED OUT ...THEY KNOW THOSE BIKE TRAILS AND BACK ROADS BETTER THAN ANY TOURIST ...WE CAN WALK BACK ROADS AND TRIALS FOR MILES AND NOT ONCE GET LOST.....ALL IM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT THOSE RIDING TRAILS YOU ALL LOVE ARE ALL GONNA GO BYE BYE ONE DAY BECAUSE THE STATE OF FLORIDA DOES NOT BELIEVE IN BEAUTY ANYMORE THEY BELIEVE IN MONEY ...............



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Review Date
December 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: grzydj ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sadly, this trail used to be much better.

When I first moved down here I rode these trails. It was in the middle of the sweltering summer and it was hot, but I enjoyed the trails for what they were. While the trails are flat, this can be somewhat deceptive as the soft loamy sand can rob your energy reserves once the temperatures start to soar. Still some fun to be had on this single track.

On returning to the trails a few months ago, I was quite dismayed to find that the whole entire trail head had been clear cut. At first there was just a sign stating that you were to follow a temporary trail until you got to the trail that hadn’t been destroyed. Hope you enjoy your mile walk though a sand trap!

Even once you get to the rest of the trail, you will still find considerable portions of the trail that were destroyed for no apparent reason at all. I had talked to the local bike club and they told me that the Forrest Department wasn’t supposed to cut out any of the trail.

How disappointing. I used to like these trails.

Recommended Route:
Wait until they fix these trails, if that ever happens.



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Review Date
November 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: timNE ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Ridden 2003-11-02 about an hour before sunset. Took 75 minutes at 70-80% THR. A well marked trail would probably take around 60 minutes for the nine mile loop.

The beginning mile and ending mile have been clear cut and contain sections without any signs/flags. The clear cuts make the trail a PITA or a nice challenge to pick lines to peddle over branches/stumps and through log skidder tracks, depending on your point of view. I just wish the clear cut area of the trail was marked better. I got off the trail twice but found my way back.

Would not consider night ride until the trail is marked better and clear cut trail area groomed. Also check for hunting seasons. I ran across a couple hunters setting up for the evening.

Recommended Route:
Trail is marked for clockwise ride. Follow trail as much as possible. When the first section of unmarked trail occurs, keep to the left end of the clear cut and you will eventually pick up the trail again. Likewise, on the final leg, stay towards the left side of clear cut to pick up the trail again.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sand Pond State Park - I believe other reviews for this place are listed under "Pine Log State Park". This is just north of Crooked Creek on hwy 79, first left past the bridge, next right to trail head.



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Review Date
August 5, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hu Dey ,  Cross Country Rider , from Cincinnati, OH

Summary:
I brought my Stumpjumper FSR with me on vacation to Seagrove Beach & tried the trails at Crooked Creek & Eastern Lake. Crooked Creek is in Bay County on Rt. 79 exactly 13 miles north of Rt. 98 from Panama City Beach on the right-hand(east)side of the road. Leave a buck in the dropbox & hang the tag on your rearview mirror when you park.

Trail starts out OK, but most of the trail is moderately sandy, deep sand at fireroad intersections & fair amount of puddles approx. 9 inches deep & as long as 75 yards(rained hard night before, but most of the water sunk in)& very, very HOT! 65% of the ride is shaded, but it's still hot. Even the puddles were hot.

I rode the 10 mile route. Had my eyes open for rattlers, but only wildlife I saw was 1 small fast lizard. I counted maybe 5 total logs to hop, but they were located where you could get no speed up to enjoy them (just after deep sand areas, just before tight squeeze between trees, etc.) Trail was mostly twisty,& the sand is slippery. I don't think my speed ever got over 15 mph. My avg. speed was 8-9 mph. Trail could use some long straight areas where you can go faster.

I race beginner class in OH & KY & have been to maybe 10 different trails. Hate to give a low rating, but I'd put crooked creek at about a 3 on a scale of 10, with 10 being best.

It's better than Eastern Lake, worse than the paved 12 mile sidewalk on 30-A (gotta watch out for cars though)& no comparison to the trails I've raced on.

My advice to vacationers, leave the bike at home, swim, kayak, & take a waverunner tour.

Recommended Route:
save your buck & your time and take a cool swim.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none



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