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John Dickenson State Park

Average Rating:    (2.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Fast, well maintained single track with great variety of terrain, including some small hills and some great rolling jumps. Beautiful views.
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Latitude
27.00040800352175
Longitude
-80.13908386230469
Trail Directions
Trail Length
4 and 8 mile loops
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Jupiter
   


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Review Date
January 18, 2016

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TomFL ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you read the reviews and note the dates of them, you'll get a feel for what has happened to this trail over the last dozen years. The trail has been in a steady state of decline since the hurricanes of '04. The main problem is that the park has burned the place to the ground several times since then and in doing so has effectively removed any sort of tree canopy that might shade the trail (and, equally, no organics to mix back in with the sand base).

No canopy in SE FL + no organic material to bind trail surface + sand ridge base = crappy, sandy trail.

To combat this issue, the club has put in a lot of effort by trucking in untold loads of shellrock and compacting it all under direction of a former BMX rider. While the effort is commendable, what they've wound up with is a 5' to 8' wide, perfectly smooth and groomed 8 mile long BMX pump track. They've removed virtually every naturally occurring technical feature. No need to pick lines through corners or any portion of the trail because the corners are 8' wide and either 4' high and banked or flat with both options offering the challenge of riding your bike on the road. Gone are the days of trail designers looking for natural features to include in the trail for interest/challenge. It's been replaced by a trail that is just as rideable on a cyclocross bike or BMX bike as it is on a MTB.

Commendable additions would be a bike wash station at the trail head and more parking.

This trail is perfect for either a novice cyclist or a MTBr who is extremely technically challenged or even someone who doesn't own a car or have a schedule that would allow driving to anywhere else to ride.

The club should be commended for the amount of effort and man hours they've put into the trail. Unfortunately, this is one example of a lot of effort in the wrong direction. Many moons ago the club sought direction from IMBA who actually came here and schooled us with an educational trail building class. Some education along these lines would have been a good idea before the ship sailed in the BMX direction.

Recommended Route:
One of the very few natural sections left is "root loop", which is approximately 1/2 mile long. If BMX tracks aren't your thing, find it and ride it till you're dizzy.



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Review Date
September 14, 2010

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bmxracingjohn ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the wrost trail I have ever rode, i normally ride markham park. I could not believe how much sand there was and to top that off there was huge silver dollar sized bannana spiders that you run directly in to on the trail. If you ride this trail make sure someone has cleared the path for all the spider webs. I rode for 1 hr and got tired of all the spiders so i went to dyer park and that was much funner.

Recommended Route:
behind someone to clear the spider webs out of the way.



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Review Date
April 5, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: fisher_rider05 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail did not meet my initial expectations as a fast rolling trail. The ride still turned out great though. The scenery of the scrub and the ocean breeze made it great. There are no trees and the trail is all sugar sand with many bridges.



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Review Date
March 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jflobike ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a very hard place to built trails. The terrain is very sandy and bushes brush against you the whole time. There are sections of palm roots which really destroy momenteum. I have ridden there about 20 times and never leave fully satisified. It is not very tactical and if Santos would be the 5 benchmark of Florida..JD is about a 2.4. However, with this being said I am not trying to bash the place. There is a group of remarkable people who are trying to improve the place weekly. Through the years they have expanded on trails....they have done more for mt biking in the area than I and you have to expect that.

Recommended Route:
To get there: Take US1 in between Sturt and Jupiter. Big state park cost $4 per car.

Trail: Follow the markers

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Go to Miami or up to Ft Pierce



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Review Date
December 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: mal1969 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time a few months ago. I was very disappointed since i am from california and am used to real "MOUNTAIN" biking. I didnt like the berms because of all the sand and quite a few of them didnt have anything to keep a person from bogging down in the sand. Great way to endo! I could tell that alot of work was put into the trails so kudos to all those that built the trails. Not much mileage in the trail system, i like to see new terrain and not have to make several loops doing the same thing...that gets boring. If you want to mountain bike dont ride in florida..check out the reviews for southern california and plan a trip out here.

Recommended Route:
None..they are all bad!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none...you need to go out of state for some real riding.



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