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Santos Trail

Average Rating:    (4.6 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 119

Mostly single track with trails of all skill levels. You'll find winding flats, rocky technicals, good short climbs and lots of variety. Make sure you check out the trails across the road on the back section for more of a challenge.
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Latitude
29.104776629628407
Longitude
-82.0953369140625
Trail Directions
Coming I-75 South from Ocala. Take Exit #341 and turn left (east) onto 484. Follow 484 into Belleview. Once in Bellview, turn left onto Hwy 27. Follow Hwy 27 until the 4 lane with no median is seperated by a median. Continue until the median grows into a forested median. Turn left at the first traffic light (a Sheriff's Department satellite office will be sitting in the median at this intersection). The trailhead is on your left about 1/4 to 1/2 mile down.
Trail Length
??miles (plenty)
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Belleview
State/Territory/Province
Florida
Zip/Postal Code
34480
Country
United States
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Review Date
November 12, 2016

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mtbtrailrider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode these trails at the end of a four day mountain bike tour of Florida. These trails have a mix of easy, intermediate, advanced and expert, although a good chunk of the trails I would classify as easy/cross-country with flat sandy trails but with plenty of curves. There are also wooden structures and bridges scattered between The Vortex and the main Santos Trailhead. The Vortex area was my favorite with a couple wooden bridges with good slopes, as well as the Corkscrew and Dragon Back. I would say if you are going to ride some of the features at The Vortex, you probably would need to be at the very least an intermediate rider. Like I stated, most of the trails are easy/cross country with mostly hard packed sand. However trails like Rattlesnake Ridge, John Brown and Ant Hill get technical with the rocky climbs. These are fun trails and you could easily spend a couple days riding the entire trail system.



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Review Date
February 23, 2013

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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1.00 of 5, 4.00 votes

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Reviewed by: centaur11 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Please forgive me for sounding like a snob-but Santos is ridiculously easy. Yes I would say it is above average for trail signage and it seems to be well maintained. I just don't see why there is so many rave reviews. Do most of you ride only in Florida? Do you get to travel out west or to Georgia, NC or the NE to ride?
Come on folks this is for weekend warriors and novices.
I was able to get a longer ride in but it is not much different than a rail trail with lots of turns.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Felasco Hammock State Park



Comments
berduderunner (04/13/2013)
Your forgiven
johnb (10/21/2013)
Did you ride the Vortex red trail? John Brown?
Did you ride any red trails?
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Review Date
January 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Erick B. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The best riding I have yet to find in Florida.



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centaur11 (02/23/2013)
Then you need to get out more.
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Review Date
September 6, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rafael ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
From the main trailhead the trail is relatively flat with very little elevation gain. It stays like that until you reach The Vortex. That is where the fun begins, Nice climbs (for Florida), drops and technical sections (natural and man made). The area has trails for all abilities but for the type of riding I enjoy The Vortex is the place to be. I did not do all the trails as they run for twenty something miles and my time was limited.

Recommended Route:
Start your ride near The Vortex trailhead to ride this area while you have fresh legs and leave other trails for the end of your ride. Take insect repellent as horse flies are vicious and will bite even during pedaling.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Have ridden Carter (2 hrs away) and Alafia (even further). Both worth the drive.



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Review Date
June 14, 2012

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: guppie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
First time at Santos and was quite impressed. They have trails of all levels. I screwed up and did a bunch of blues before going to Vortex and I was running out of energy by the time I had gotten halfway into Vortex. I would've rather ridden Vortex twice if I had known better... Great varied terrain with technical climbs and drips and obstacles and a few big jumps that most weekend warriors "who need to report to work the next morning and don't want to dish out a large copayment for a visit to the the ER" won't do. Definitely a great trail system. For the most part, the trail system is relatively flat (no substantial elevation gain) with a lot of twisting singletrack, which explains why so many people were riding 29ers, although I didn't come across many (if any) in the Vortex area... Also there is a fun pump track and bmx jump track there as well. Oh yeah, the horse flies were out of control! They are huge and attack you as you bike! They even bite through thin clothing... Bring tons of water and mosquito spray (its Florida afterall...)

Recommended Route:
Skip everything and head straight to Vortex and then hit the other black and blue trails for the ride back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not exactly in the same area but I highly recommend Alafia (I actually like it better).



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