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Croom State Forest

Average Rating:    (2.97 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 31

Floridas longest contiguous bicycle single-track officially opened March 1997, as the Withlacoochee

Forest - Croom Off-Road Bike Trail. This network of single-track forms two loops of 12 and 35 miles.

Actual trail length, including connectors, is over 55 miles. Trails consist of Florida uplands, sweeping cross country trails (wooded and open) to abandoned mines and challenging pits and drop-offs. Check kiosks sites for trail maps
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Latitude
28.592962706283192
Longitude
-82.29978561401367
Trail Directions
Exit #61 of I-75 (aprox 20 miles N of Tampa)-East on Rt. 50 ~1 mile to Croom Road (traffic light BEFORE going under Withlacoochee Trail)-North on Croom Road, around all twisties, under I-75, past Power Station 1/4 mile to parking area. WWW site has nice maps provided by the SWAMP Club.
Trail Length
55+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Brooksville
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Review Date
March 5, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jeffrey ,  Racer

Summary:
I rode this trail in March 2014. I was able to ride the Yellow Loop and some of the blue loop. The Yellow loop starts out minutely technical with with some roots and some drops, but works into a fast back and forth through pines, palmettos, and various other forest terrain. The trail is well maintained, but was hard to see at time due to leaf cover. Nonetheless, the club that maintains the trail does a great job. The next day I tried to do all 32 miles of the blue trail. The blue trails starts out as a tame back and forth through pine, palmetto, etc. which flows very well and allows you to pick up some speed. Problems for me, or the fun begins when you reached named sections such as Drunken Monkey or Mt. Pisgah, or the sinkhole. These sections become very difficult and are very technical. Their is no shortage of a challenge here, but it is also matched by the beautify of the surrounding area. I absolutely loved the trail and saw deer on both days of my exploration. The club that maintains the trail had done well with placing signs redirecting and even encouraging "pedal dammit". I highly recommend this trail system for a weekend adventure. If you dare do the 32 mile section and choose the "harder" paths you deserve a beer paid by me. Cheers, enjoy!



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Review Date
December 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Stabone33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
OK, so take this with a grain of salt, as I'm a Colorado/Utah/Nevada/California rider. I'm down in FL for a couple months for work. Rode this trail (Yellow loop) last weekend...and I was bored out of my skull. The only challenge presented on this trail is the occasional sugar sand...and even then, that's not much of a challenge. This is a fine trail system if your only goal is to get long miles in at a fast clip, or to introduce someone to the sport. This would be a great area to take younger children, as there are plenty of bailouts, and lots of twists and turns to teach balance and gear selection.

Recommended Route:
I rode the Yellow loop from the parking area shown on the map above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't think there are any. Balm-Boyette and Alafiya are about an hour away. I'll try those next!



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Review Date
January 10, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: 1949 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We just did our annual FL trip from Michigan. We started out by riding Alifia,then Alva (Near Fort Myers:great unknown trail) then Markham Park and Oleta River near Miami and then N. to Boyette .
Cold weather moved in so we decided to head back home.
As we got near Brooksville the sun came out and the temp jumped up to 50.We could not pass up one more ride.
We chose the Yellow 12 mile loop. This trail is just like Michigan riding. Twisty leaf covered single track with long gradual hills.
This may be the only trail in Florida with hills that are not man made.
We thoroughly enjoyed this trail and will be back.
This trail is similar to Santos plus nice long easy hills.
If you are a cross country rider you will love this trail.

Recommended Route:
Park at the Tucker Hill Trail Head and choose your trail.
The exit number listed number 61 is not correct.FL switched to a mile marker exit system a few years back and no one has changed the directions.Take the Brooksville exit off I 75 South of Ocala.
This trail is technicly and aerobicly is but huge on fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Felasco Hamock State Park near Gainesville; Santos and 49th St near Ocala,Boyette and Alifia near Tampa



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Review Date
November 14, 2009

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: clarity4 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Go to Afafia or Boyette....it's worth the gas. Croom is nice just to get out and enjoy nature but it is nowhere near the caliber of an Alafia or Santos. Plus, LOOK OUT FOR THE SANDSPURS!!! gotta a flat the first time i went there. Tons of sugar sand. :(



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Review Date
April 13, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: techbike_108 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Love trying out new places. I ended up here because a friend had an adventure race in the same park earlier that day. There is a lot of trail here. Its not one of those something for everyone places. It’s also not of the caliber of any of the big parks (Alafia, Santos, Markham, and Oleta). What is there is a tons-o-cross country. I'm sure when the conditions are right then this a great place to fly threw and clear 30+ miles in one day. Right now its about 70% fun and 30% sugar sand. The sugar sand is thick in places. Most of it can be cranked threw with out having to get off and walk. It will make you strong but it’s not to fun. Where the sugar sand was not a problem it was a great easy XC trail.

Recommended Route:
The connector trails are bad. They are not maintained to the level of the actual bike trails. I would recommend either doing the entire yellow or entire blue trails with out using the bailout or access trails



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