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Markham Park

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 136

16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise, FL 33326 (954) 389-2000 - FAX (954) 389-2019 Opened in 1973, this sprawling 666-acre park is perched at the edge of the Everglades Conservation Area, which is accessible from one of the parks two boat ramps. A series of interlocking lakes offers opportunities for fishing (licenses required for ages 16 and up) and the use of personal watercraft, and theres a swimming pool complex with mist pool, snack bar, lockers, and showers/restrooms. One of the sites most prominent features is its outdoor target range, built in 1984. The complex includes 50-yard and 100-meter rifle/pistol ranges, skeet/trap fields, a mile-long sporting clays course, two pro shops, and a clubhouse with snack bars and a meeting room. Among the parks other distinctive amenities are the Fox Observatory, a model airplane field, and a mountain bike trail. A large campground includes 86 sites for RV and tent camping, eight with full hookups and 78 with water and electricity. Athletic facilities include a tennis/racquetball center, two basketball courts, a biking/jogging path, and volleyball areas. Bikes and boats are available to rent, and there are nature and equestrian trails. Two 120+ capacity and three 60+ capacity picnic shelters -- all with grills, tables, and water, two with electricity -- are available for rentals, and there are other picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the park. A 1,600-square-foot clubhouse adjacent to the target range can also be rented.
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Latitude
26.129664656806344
Longitude
-80.35048484802246
Trail Directions
16001 W. State Rd. 84, Sunrise 33326. (954) 389-2000. 666 acres. On this site you will see the exact location
Trail Length
7 Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Sunrise
State/Territory/Province
Florida
Zip/Postal Code
33326
Country
United States
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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: jrsnipe003 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:

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 trails.



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Review Date
March 17, 2015

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: OG ,  Downhiller

Summary:
I wanted to give an updated review of this trail system. Its about 8-10 miles of awesomeness in a state filled with flat lands and the everglades. This trail is very well maintained by some very dedicated people. They continue to do great work on the trails and have now added a couple of miles of adaptive trials for hand crank bikes. There is something for everyone here. Fast and twisty single track, steep drops, a few great climbs, rock gardens, and jumps all around the park. Novice-expert riders will get a thrill when riding these trails. Considering where we are, I feel extremely lucky to have these kind of trails down here. If you're in town for work or play and have time, you deff need to check this place out. If you're a local and you have to ride these trails, I'm not sure what you are waiting for. Get out there and pedal dammit!

Recommended Route:
Ride the entire loop, there are bypasses for some of the tougher sections if you don't feel confident to hit them. Great work out and you'll end with a big smile on your face.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
in order of favorite to least favorite.

1. Markham Park The best trail system in South Florida.

2. Virginia Key (Miami) amazing trails, they keep adding and working on them every week.

2. Amelia Earhart Park (Miami) Super flow trails, not technical but fast and fun. Get ready to pedal.

3. Oletta river State Park (Miami) Roots everywhere, some call it 1000 left turn to nowhere, changeling and fun.

4. Quiet Waters Park (Deerfield Beach) Not technical, but fast and fun.



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Review Date
December 16, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: central PA rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I was in Ft Lauderdale/ Hollywood are for a few days and decided to check out this park. I really liked it. It is a complete MTB park (with many short loops of single track trails, skills practice area, warm up trails, pump track, and a free ride area which was closed). it's completely free and open to public. obviously it is flat, with very smooth tight and twisty machine-cut trails that are very well maintained and heavily ridden. there are several interesting medium-difficulty bridges, steep downhill drops, and rock gardens. even the ones that are labeled with red diamonds as "expert/pros only" are really at best high-intermediate in difficulty and can easily be cleaned out with a hardtail with front suspension. but that doesn't take anything away from the experience - it was fun, flowy, fast, and very well maintained. south floridians should be very proud of this wonderful resource. for out of towners you can rent a good MTB at Alex's bike shop in Davies - only 3 miles away from the park and just ride from the shop. great great bike shop with friendly knowledgeable staff.

Recommended Route:
you can clean out all the trails in one afternoon. i though the gun club trail was the hardest - maybe bc it was towards the end of a long fast ride. but they are all so much fun. the park is wonderful. don't miss it if you are in the area.



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Review Date
November 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Rich ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I used to ride Markham about 6 years back and I don't remember the trails being so annoying. Every where you turn it's roots, roots and more roots with some rocks. Barely any flats for speed. Seems the new "designers" love roots. I used to have fun at Markham. Now I feel like some of the trails are a chore rather than fun or an experience. I'd love to see a few more drops and jumps.

I think the expert section in the back with the wall and jumps is beautiful! The last time I actually rode Markham that section had just the big kicker and the little fun box. No bridge drops or wall or even the bmx style jumps in the back by the lake.

One other thing I don't like is the weekend riders that ride there $5,000 bikes that have an attitude that you're out there with a $300 bike and not wearing spandex riding clothes. When they think just because you drop $5k on a bike makes you a mountain biker. They seem to be mad that I out perform them on trails with my crappy friends 26" bike and the fact I take it to the jump section.


Now before you judge me off this review or even judge the trails, please understand I'm an old school rider before Markham had most of these "upgrades". This is MY opinion. It shouldn't effect yours. Get out there and try this park. I'm sure you won't be disappointed. Like I said, just my views.

Recommended Route:
I personally love the jump section in the back! It actually is gated off so beginners and intermediates don't mistake it for a trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't tried any others. Would love to see Santos and the Tampa area.



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Review Date
June 30, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TheYoungConnoisseur ,  Racer

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time 6/30/12 and went straight into the most advanced trails to see what they had and they were a more tame than I anticipated based on what I was told to expect.
Fantastic build quality. Trails appear natural but are 100% man made bliss.
The most advanced parts of the trail are geared toward an intermediate skill level which I don't mind because I like high speed stuff to blast thru.

Lots of fun but I have never seen soo many skeeters in my life. Deffinately have to douse yourself in "off" before you head out. I have no idea how they could keep up with me it felt like.
I'm STILL itching!

BOTTOM LINE:
If your a total noob you'll have fun and won't get in the way of the fast guys since there is tons of room to pull off to the side.
Fast guys will like it because you can stay in your big chain ring for every climb (barely) and have some downright dangerous sections if you hit it as fast as I do.



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