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Markham Park MTB Trails

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

As Wade Simons said "I never would have expected this in Florida". Markham Park mountain bike trails are a gem in the urban jungle of South Florida. Nine miles of intermediate and expert single track winding it's way around lake side ridges perched on the edge of the Everglades, and yes, the occasional alligator sighting is not uncommon. The trails are built & maintained by a dedicated team of mtn biking volunteers who work on the trails on the 1st Sunday every month. Trail updates can be found at clubmud.com This is a county park and all riders must visit the park office to get a trails access pass. No matter where your regular ride is you should expect a truly amazing trail system at Markham Park.
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Latitude
26.134133979635532
Longitude
-80.34954071044922
Trail Length
9-12
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Fort Lauderdale
State/Territory/Province
FL
Zip/Postal Code
33323
Country
US
Web Address
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Review Date
May 22, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: JrSnipe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Markham is the probably the best known park that offers MTB trails south of Orlando (excluding Alifia). This is a fun trail system full of flow and offers some tough root and rocky climbs along with drops that vary from 10-40 foot. There are some tight root sections and small rock gardens (probably 15’ long) that can be challenging for inexperienced riders. For the more experienced riders the expert sections offer some tougher longer climbs than the rest of the park followed by some a couple jumps where you can get airborne. There is even one trail that offers a 4 or 5 foot step-down at speed and a couple of trails with wood features. A BMX style jump section with some very cool features is offered and with more additions coming soon.

The trails are constantly being worked on and maintained by volunteers who do a fantastic job. Over the last year there have been some great additions to the trail system including a trail for disabled riders.

This is a great place to ride your bike. Your expectations should vary biased on you riding ability.

A Beginner/Intermediate rider will be challenged. If you lean more to the beginner side, you should avoid the expert trails all together. You probably won’t make the climbs and fall off the top of the drops. Intermediate bypasses will be your best friend.

An Intermediate/Advanced rider will have a lot of fun all over the park and especially the expert sections. If you like to jump, take some knee pads cuz if you fall in certain areas you can get scraped up real good with the shell fill, coral rock, and loose gravel. (The BMX section is mostly dirt.)

An Advanced/Expert rider will probably find some features of the park to be fun but realistically there are not a whole lot of things that will “challenge” you as you are among the MTB elite. Just ride and have fun like when you were a kid.

As an intermediate/advanced rider myself, I enjoy this place and believe that its worth the time to come and visit. I have fun, and enjoy the rides so much that I believe its worth the hour drive over the 30 min drive of some of the ones closer to me.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the signs and the flow of the trails. you shoud be good.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oleta River State Park- cross country/flat/wood features/bumpy ride

Amelia Aarhart Park- cross country/some drops/good flow/smother ride

Virgina Key MTB- flow flow flow/ great trails/ constantly changing/ worth the drive/ a short 6miles of fun



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Review Date
January 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Erick B. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
What a surprise in S.Fla! Can get quite sketchy in places, so ride within your limits. Reminds me of a mini Santos.



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Review Date
July 24, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: OscarW ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Markham park is an amazing MTB park and for S Florida quite a very nice surprise. There aren't any long trails, but some are quite technical and if you can ride all the trails in one go, you're pretty fit.. There are a lot of short, steep climbs followed by steep descents and some tight switchbacks as well. There are quite a few man made obstacles out there, such as ladder bridges, some skinnies, some banked ladder bridges and a rock garden.
there really is something for everyone, even with bypasses around the stuff that may be to hard for beginners...The trails are all really well marked and sometimes reversed to add a new dimention to a familiar trail for those who, like me, ride there almost daily.

Recommended Route:
One of my favourite ways is to do the Warm Up Loop first, with a new black diamond bridge feature added, followed by Black Snake, RTE 66 and Armadillo. Than there is Redback, Traverse, Area 51 and Outback.
If there is steam left over in me I may do Gunrange trail. If not I end up going to Lost Ring, part of Washing Machine which leads back to the entrance. I do mix it up by starting at different trails so I really have no fixed routes every time I go there...
I have followed a few riders who know the trails and that makes a huge difference in the more technical sections like doing Big Gulp in Black Snake and all of Gun Range which is the toughest trail.
Just go out there and have fun. Also don't forget to register (free) at Markham Park in the little building on the left at the intersection past the gate.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't ridden any others yet...



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Review Date
October 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: taco666 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
markam park is the place to ride you feel like your in central fla.you got to give up to the club that maintin that park dave#1 this park has climbs switch backs drops bridges rock garden trails very techincal if beginer take it easy but once you ride it you will become a better rider this park is open all year long. this is the best park dude .

Other recommended trails in the same area:
once you go to markam park you wont need about another local park dude



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Review Date
October 2, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: snobrder5 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Markham park is an absolute gem in the middle of the south florida expanses of pavement....it's not a LONG ride, but what it lacks in distance, it more than makes up for in fun! Lots of short, steep descents, some tight switchbacks, a few gut busting climbs, some really technical sections too....the trails are in great shape, really buff and groomed....there's a good amount of man made obstacles out there, such as ladder bridges, some skinnies, a teeter-totter, some banked ladder bridges, etc...there's a little "freeride" section, has a big hip jump, a huge double into a medium sized 2 pack, a small-ish table top (that i destroyed my arm on), a ladder drop, and prob a couple new things since i've been out there last...i dont think i've ever heard anyone who has ridden markham, say that they didn't like the trails. there really is something for everyone, even with bypasses around the stuff that maybe you can handle...the trails are all really well marked, but it is easy to get lost, so it's recommended that you show up on a sat or sun, and ride with one of the 200 or so locals that are there...during the week, there are considerably less people.....but even on weekends, the parking lot can be full, and sometimes you just wont see anyone else on the trails...not like it gets really crowded..

Recommended Route:
well from the parking lot, i usually go warm up loop, then rock garden, armadillo, redback, and then turn right by the lake and head down to traverse...this takes you into supercross and eviction (really short section)..you come to a clearing, then head straight across into outback (REALLY fun trail)...there's gut buster of a climb that turns up and to the left....at the top you can either make a super tight right hand turn and keep going to the outback extension, or go straight at the top of the hill and go down a hill and out by the lake...(that's what i do)....follow the double track by the lake around to gunrange (the most technical section at markham), do the gunrange loop, and then go back the way you came, and pick up the outback extension....another really fun section with some crazy downhills....then you come out at that clearing again, and head straight across to crimescene, then jetski, then teds twisted trail (dont go too fast on the DH, cause you can loose it really easily), then you go into lost ring, then bermuda triangle (which i usually skip), then washing machine, and then alligator alley....after that you can hit deep dark forrest, and RT 66, both fun trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oleta River State Park...a little further down 95, traffic usually horrendous getting there though....stupid miami traffic. If you head up to Palm Beach County, Pinehurst is really fun for a short trip (dont go out of your way to find it), and the new Quiet Waters is also good for a short, non technical, basic aerobic workout....The two powerhouses in south fla are without a doubt markham, and oleta....the best blend of speed, distance, technical challenge, and good climbs and downhills....everywhere else is ok, but doesn't really compare to the big two.



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