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.
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.
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!
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.
Summary: I think it's important to keep a fresh review of this trail ongoing because just up till the last two reviews, nobody has written a review in almost 8 months, which might lead others to believe its changed or gotten worse...
On that note, I'll just say that I've been riding at Markham for over 12 years at least 2-3 times per month and it is definitely a great trail system. As others have said, what it lacks in elevation/long drops it makes up for it in technicality/sweat equity (literally). Don't even think of riding in the summer without water! For those of you visiting the area from out of town and want a challenging yet fun ride then Markham won't disappoint.
Recommended Route: It has good flow and there really isn't an alternate route. Just ride the whole thing.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Oleta (NMB), Amelia (Hialeah), Virginia Key (Key Biscayne)
Summary: I've been coming to this trail since late 90's and I feel my riding abilities have grown exponentially with the evolution of this trail. Rode it this past weekend and its possibly the best I've ever ridden it. Many sections of this trail demand your full attention and more importantly, commitment! On some (expert) drops, place your front tire 4" too far one way and you go OTB. You will find many riders on weekends so if you don't know your way around, follow a local or pull over till one passes by. The bike patrol guys are often at this trail in case you need help. Having said that, this trail is well marked and isn't difficult to follow. As the other reviewer noted, the climbs have been "armorized" and I feel that is the best way to explain it. It was desperately needed and a welcome addition. Trail holds up well during dry season and except for Route 66, holds up well in wet season. This trail made the front cover of "Bike Magazine" a couple of years ago, pretty big deal considering this is a Florida trail! If you still ride with tubes, be aware this trail is pinch-flat central. If you ride tubeless, don't go too low PSI or tire will burp here and there - if you ride aggressively. If you ride all section, you will come up with 8.5 to 9 total miles. Cost only $1.50 to enter park. Only complaint I have with trail is it's not closer to me. I_love_this_trail!
Recommended Route: You come to Markham park for the technical challenge so I recommend you do all intermediate (blue) and expert/pro (black) sections. Sections that are memorable (in order as ridden) - Area 51, GunRange, Outback Extension (8ft wall ride!), Crime Scene, JetSki Hill, Route 66 expert, Alligator Ally. Heck, even warm-up loop is now fun.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Oleta & Amelia are the two closest.
Summary: Not much elevation change as you would expect for South Florida but a challenge for any rider and will demand a pretty high level of fitness to complete a loop without stopping for breather. This trail has more in one mile that most trails have in 2 or 3 miles.
Recently the trail volunteers armorized the climbs. In my opinion, it didn't take anything away from the trail technically but made it more consistent, more fun to ride and less susceptible to erosion from water (rain) in summer months or loose conditions in the dry season, winter months. WAY TO GO GUYS!
Before riding here you will need to watch a video and sign a waiver. For some reason picnickers go into this trail without proper equipment or skills and have gotten themselves hurt. For some reason they then want to sue the park.
Recommended Route: The trail is well marked. As soon as you enter the gate you will enter the warm-up loop. That will lead into the Danny's Twail and it all lines up from there. If you don't finish satisfied that you've ridden a very good trail for its location, what epic location are you from?
If visiting from another state - this place is worth a day trip. Be prepared for a lot of fun!
Other recommended trails in the same area: Oleta River State Park (North Miami Beach), Amelia Earhart (North Central Miami), Virginia Beach (South East Miami), Quiet Waters (Northwest of Ft. Lauderdale)
There is also spectacular riding near Sarasota/Tampa area:
Alafia, Balm Boyette (both worth a 4 hour drive from Markham), Carter Road and Santos are good rides too.