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Myakahatchee Enviromental Park

Average Rating:    (4.09 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 35

Singletrack. Sporatic elevations of approx 6' and up on the trail itself which parralel creek banks with dropoffs of up to 15 ' . knarled root ridden sections w/ tight twists and turns. Natural log dropouts, & dropoffs. Combo of hard pack / lime bed creek. Some Sugar sand straights. 1st off - The trail directions above are meant simply to get an out of towner into the vicinity - alot of the locals start the trailheads in places that I cannot even begin to describe directions too - (there are no land refferances; Mcdonalds etc. Boonies!! The 1st leg of the trail above is an "as fast as you'd like" canopied covered and open trail with mainly hardpack; some sugar traps; and a few easy cuts/ ditches to go through. All in all it's about 1 1/2 miles until you reach I-75 @ that point you start to get into the real trailhead, and the further you go the better it gets! After you breach I-75 it starts to unfold before you. You'll ride under canopy, winding in and out between some pretty fast & smooth; & some pretty rooty cutt up semi tight & tight cuts. Don't get carried away until you know the trail or you may be carried off it. There are some nice little surprises, the first is a hard right coming off of a 4 foot rooted drop onto a very rustic makeshift bridge crossing a feeder stream that you can't see until your upon it - I've seen plenty of rims bent up here! After that it get's good! We cut in new routes every once in awhile, mostly to circumvent the sand traps.. most of the trails here were cut out tightly to prevent the Motorcyclist from loosening it up for us, we've also got about a twenty inch homebuilt bridge that carries us about 12 feet above and twenty feet across the creek to the "2nd loop". We ride every Wed. starting @ 6 PM if we're not riding elswhere, and I for one would be glad to show anyone the "way in". In our area there is nothing that compares.. & we've got guys coming in from Ft. Myers/Naples to Tampa/ St.Pete (approx. 75 Miles out) This is not a bike Park ! There is no addmission, and there are no facilities, if you break your collar bone out here, your screwed. If we catch you screwing it up or littering you be beaten with an ole Tioga Pyscho knoby!!! If your in the area and love to bike you might be a freaken fool to pass it up. There's plenty of diversity here! It is as technicall as you'd like - if you don't think so shift up and lead on - if you don't like it I'll give your money back. (wink) Regular loop out and back - up to 9 miles 2nd loop (other side of creek) - up to 9 miles The best of the two combined; out and back about 9 miles
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Latitude
27.097336997150553
Longitude
-82.21296787261963
Trail Directions
I-75 to Exit 32 (Sumter Blvd exit) Go North on Sumter to the end (approx 1 mile) Take left on Tropicare; go over small bridge and take 1st right; Park is about 1/2 mile down the road on the right. When in the parking lot you will start to head in a Southerly direction - making your way back over the road/ bridge that you came in on. Don't let this "first little leg" of the trial get you down - this is just to get you to the "good stuff" ! Keep on your Southerly, following the travel of the creek (Myakahatchee) untill you go under I-75 (sand pits!) and then the fun begins. Keep to the left and you won't get lost. (wink)
Trail Length
up to 20 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
North Port
   


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Review Date
January 23, 2006

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: BudRad73 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Sorry-- Couldn't barely get back into any thing because of the sand and quad use. I will never go back to this site. Had so much more fun yesterday across I-75 at Ladyslipper. I'm new to the game but can't give this one a good review at all. Don't waist you time.



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Review Date
January 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: yota scott ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No one uses this part of the trail for Mt. biking anymore. This original trail review is well over 6 y/o. Too much ATV and horse activity down at the environmental park!!!
Go to ladyslipper rd parking area and follow the creek-side trail to the south east. Much better trails this way

Recommended Route:
I-75 to Sumter rd. go south for bout 1/2 mile go right on ladyslipper and follow that around to parking under trees on left. See more current rev. under "Ladyslipper parking area" below this review.



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Review Date
December 15, 2005

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: JimmyJaymz ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Crappy with a capital Crappy. No offense, but any progress through this end of the trail systems is illogical. Unmarked, and even if it were marked, impossible to ride because the soil is so poor. Being able to stay upright in sand does not make one a technical master! To wit, next time I will park at Ladyslipper and hopefully there will be well worn trail.

Recommended Route:
Left on Tropicare and then right on Sumter, and look for Ladyslipper... from there I cannot help you.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
go to SWFL Intl. and get a el-cheapo ticket to CT and hit Cockaponset St. Forest, Penwood St. Forest, or go past the Undersea Warfare Center and go to Arcadia in RI. Just don't go to the place I went...



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Review Date
January 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MtbkRdr ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
ADVANCED RIDERS WILL ENJOY THE CHALLANGING OBSTACLES AND LINES....IF YOU'RE FROM OUTA TOWN, RIDE WITH A LOCAL OTHERWISE YOU WILL MISS HALF THE TRAIL.
SWAP OUT YOUR XTR CO. FOR THE CHEAP STUFF B/C SAND & WATER DESTROYS DRIVES.

PS STOP CUTTING THE ROOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recommended Route:
JUST GET THERE START FROM LADYSLIPPER



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Review Date
July 13, 2004

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: SlowJeff ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great local trails. Very technical with several man made stunts. About 10 total miles. Check out the northporttrails.org website for up to date info on the trail, planned rides, work days etc. Site has some pics and trail map. Trails are not marked as of yet but really can't get lost since the trails run from I75 towards 41 along the creek. Haven't seen any ATVs in about a year.

Recommended Route:
Follow directions etc off of northporttrails.org. Both for parking and trail map

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None within 1 1/2hr. Carter or Alafia.



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