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Flatwoods Park

Average Rating:    (3.82 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Flat , fast singlerack with roots and a mix of hardpack and some sand. Trail connects to two other parks through Florida pine and palmetto hammock. Lots of wildlife. Main trail surrounded by 7 mile paved loop for roadies, skaters and walker/joggers.
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Latitude
28.114079771616613
Longitude
-82.30098724365234
Trail Directions
I75 North to Fletcher Rd exit. Make left at stop sign and go strait for about 5 miles. Entrance to state park on left. Sign is recessed back so look for orange street sign.
Trail Length
miles 5-30
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tampa
   


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Review Date
November 21, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: DoinkMobb ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Not a bad trail for a beginner. There's a lot of roots but nothing serious. Probably a good place to take your wife or GF. There's really not too much sand and most of the trail is shaded. It's pretty hard to get lost as there are white posts set up telling you where to go.

Recommended Route:
After maybe a 1/4 mile down the trail, hop into the woods on the left.



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Review Date
June 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: djaone ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Location Location Location... This is the closest trail to St. Pete. so it's nice to get to quickly. There is a lot of single track that you can reach quickly from the parking lot. Another nice thing about this trail is the eye candy. Roller blades and campus life....

Recommended Route:
find the single track quickly, get off the pavement.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
head north and go to gatorback or hard rock.



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Review Date
March 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: carnage ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This an intertaining trail, mostly winding single track. just doing the main loop will take you maybe 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or so. the best part that ive been to so far would have to be coconut grove and the section of lake just before it. none of its to technical, its perfect for those who want to try mountain biking.

a word of caution to the wise though, consider skipping parts if you are ridding a rigid bike.

Recommended Route:
start at bruce B Downs, take the paved trail to squiggy(which is a simple warm up). when squiggy ends hop up on the levee road and follow that to the main trail, and follow that all around. this way if you get to tired you can always take the flatwoods loop around. after 20 miles or so(including getting lost and doing a full loop around flatwoods:P) you will be glad Moe's and Coldstone(food:)) are near by.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
just moved here, using flatwoods to practice so i can really enjoy the harder parts of Alafia



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Review Date
January 27, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: The Big C ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No, it's not the most technically challenging..by far... BUT it is the closest thing to tampa, and you can get a kick butt aerobic workout out of it. If you are not in the big ring the entire ride, you need to evaluate your fitness level. This trail is made for FLYING. Interval training is fantastic here. all the benefits of a road ride minus the cars.

Recommended Route:
Do the BIG loop all the way around. No stopping.



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Review Date
March 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Krista , from Clearwater, FL

Summary:
The Best of the Bay for Roller Bladers!
Although Flatwoods has dirt trails for jogging/biking, I'm a roller blader, so I stick to the paved loop used by bladers and bikers. First parking area on right has rest rooms, air, soda machines, trail maps and outdoor shower. The flat paved loop is seven miles. It's the width of a single car lane with traffic moving counter clockwise. There is minimal debris, occasional critters, and it's partly shaded. Park rangers drive the only vehicles allowed on the road and their services are much appreciated. Four rest stations with ice water are strategically positioned around the loop. Best time to go is in the cool of the evening. Park closes at dark. Bring sunsceen and bug spray. For social fun, check out the full moon skate.

Recommended Route:
Getting there from Tampa: Take I-4E to I-75N to Fletcher Exit (or I-275N to Fletcher Exit). Go east on Fletcher, watch speed in 45 MPH zone, go about 1 mile past Wilderness Creek. Look for small road sign for Flatwoods Park and turn left into park.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pinellas Trail is closer to where I live in Clearwater but crosses street traffic too often to get in the roller blading groove for a good workout.



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