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Myakahatchee Creek Trails (ladyslipper parking area)

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The trail runs in both directions on both sides of the creek. From the parking area facing the creek the more challenging trails head out to the left. The trail to the right heads to the "Environmental Park" parking area, this can add an additional 4 mile loop but this end of the trail is DUSTY, flat, in the open much of the way and over used by quads and horses. The left trail however runs under canopy and is usually much more interesting to ride. The trail follows along the creek with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs along the banks.There is some sand, some hard-pack, many roots and various man-made and natural bridges and swales to traverse. There are also a few jumps and intentional obstacles (natural and man-made) thrown in along the way if you watch close! The trail continues on past the "dog house" down thru the dam and past the golf course to the Price blvd. bridge area. Crossing the creek can be done at several spots, but this depends on the water level in the creek and also if the bridges have been wrecked at any given time (you'll have to see as you go). Hook up with the locals on Wed. or Sun. and learn the way. (The farther you go to the left the more rugged the trails get) Also a side note; this trail and road in can become flooded for several weeks during rainy season. RESPECT THIS AND ALL BIKE TRAILS, ENJOY IT AND LEAVE IT LIKE YOU FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only the parking areas are county maintained. The trails are built and taken care of by a small but dedicated group of riders!!!!! HAVE FUN !!!!
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Latitude
27.05
Longitude
-82.25
Trail Directions
take I-75 to Sumter blvd. exit #33(old)#182(new)? follow that towards town (southwest) for about an 1/8 mile go right on ladyslipper, follow around to parking under the oaks on your left.
Trail Length
about 8 miles (trail to left,out and back loop)
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Northport
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Review Date
November 16, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mr Clean ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is not for the beginner and perfect for the advanced rider. If you are a beginner stay on the main line that runs along the river. I don't understand the bad reviews. They must be beginners or only like the smooth stuff. These trails are purposly made challenging. The side trails are very technical. You will get a full body work out here. Try to hook up with the locals or you will miss most of the trails. They ride every Wednesday (early ride 4:30 night ride 6:00) and Sunday (around 9:00am).

Recommended Route:
Main line to Tred Zepplin. Then to Crank Zappa. Then to Longside. Go across the spillway and take the main line to the meddows then to the new hill area. go under the Price bridge to Muddy waters then to ZZ drops then take the B line to steppen Root. Loop back around to the MTB bridge and find you way back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alifia, Balm Boyette



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Review Date
December 26, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rasterman ,  Downhiller

Summary:
A fun technical trail, worth the drive from Tampa if you are in need of something new. From the parking area there is one main trail that weaves in and out of an ATV trail, then very short harder trails branch off it along the way. You follow a small creek most of the way. These short trails include man made skinnies, ladders, and small drops, including a very technical 7-8' drop off a skinny dangling in the air.

If you like to ride fast don't come here, this trail is about technical riding, due to it being poached by ATV and dirtbikes, the trail has to be built very tightly and with many obsticles. Closest comparison would probably be one of the fingers at Carter Rd. There is not much elevation change, but its made up for with many obsticles.

The trail eventually ends up going under a bridge and this is where you will get lost as it is a never ending maze of mostly flat very rooty trails, all with no signs due them being torn down by poachers.



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Review Date
July 15, 2006

Overall Rating
 0 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 0 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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2.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JimmyJaymz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just learned 'zero' is a number.

Recommended Route:
If you drive a 'Volkswagen' with a stick shift: to the left, down, and up. Any car/truck with a automatic transmission: shift to 'R'.



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Review Date
June 4, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JimmyJaymz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I am sorry to say, and sad to report. I have never seen a trail of this sort. I have not seen such trail, with a hole in it's prose, in some type of atmosphere, that I can't suppose. So get away from this trail, and way out of this place. Or the bike-bug will bite your ass, and put it's footsie in your face.

Recommended Route:
Well, avoid the downloaded porno pictures stuck to trees, for sure. And the area where the local sheriff finds lumber plucked from close construction sites? That's another to keep far from. If you find yourself even in the area, run. Run fast. Whatever you do, just keep running.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I hope NO trails are 'in the same area'. This place is someones distant memory, and any one who is seeking reliable trails's nightmare.
Go to Markham. Go to Oleta River State Park. Or be like me and wait for 'Greenways and Trials' to make quality in SWFL. I am sorry to whoever claims Ladyslipper as theirs; I am spoiled.
I never knew 'freeriding'; where I found fun MTNB'g was always a hop skip and jump away and was NATURAL. And HARDCORE. This spot is the epitome of the glamrock scene of the eighties. Hairspray and spandex. Oh wait...
I do hope that I can persuede some County folk under the Greenways/Blueways effort here that having natural, flowing, ragged trails is going to be the mood for the soon future. These wooden tree thingies and idiot boxes are just slowing, and lamer.



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Review Date
April 27, 2006

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JimmyJaymz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I ahd a Public Works employee tell me that a better trailhead is off of Price St. by the batting field. I got about .66 miles out of it. This by my best percentage. Has a good element to pace yourself if you frequent between Markham Park and Alafia. Soil is much better than you'd think, and just feels right.
I will have to park at Ladyslipper I 'spect, but that place is just horrific! It looks like the opening scene to 'The Parking Area that swallowed my Car'... of course this is a 'B' movie that only true car geeks would have in their Beta collection.

Recommended Route:
I'll be back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The water is full of scent. Smell ya later.



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