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Santos Trailhead

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

The Santos Trail Head is the primary entrance to Florida's most developed network of trails. There are over a hundred miles of trails that are accessible from beginner dirt paths to "The Vortex" Free Ride Area with huge drops and BC inspired raised wood obstacles. There are full camping facilities here with water and power hookups and that's a good thing because it is impossible to ride every trail in the network even over a long weekend!
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Latitude
29.106290539504062
Longitude
-82.09373831748962
Trail Length
100+
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Ocala
State/Territory/Province
FL
Zip/Postal Code
34480
Country
US
Web Address
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 12, 2013

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: Dave Diamond ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great trail for anyone since it offers easy to impossible level riding options. The yellow easy trails are well marked and smooth sailing. The blue intermediates are curves and a couple short drops (no air) for fun. The sign warns you correctly that if you want to try the black diamond trails they are no joke. I rode one and ended up doing a bit of pushing the bike which is not my idea of fun. I did get to see a black snake though...

This place is like a paradise of sorts for mountain bikers. Pump track, obstacles training course, trails for all levels and Florida weather. I will be back.

Recommended Route:
The Blues have it...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None.



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Review Date
October 3, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: drivengsxr1000 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail for the first time last weekend (10/1/11-10/2/11) I was very impressed with the man made obstacles and dirt jumps, there seemed to be a trail or a jump for every level from a 8" drop to a 20' drop, I also liked the fact that there was 2 different trail heads (I think there is actually 3 but I spent all weekend at the camp ground and vortex trail head) there was also people monitoring the trails and the dirt jump area, there were wearing red jerseys with a white cross on the back and were very helpful with directions and any assistance you may need. There is small dirt jump tracks at the trail heads for kids to play around on. OMBA does a great job keeping up on the trails and its obvious that many volunteer hours to keep this trail in the condition its in, I will definitely be returning for a follow up ride

Recommended Route:
"red" trails that circle the free ride and dirt jump area... epic ride



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Review Date
March 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: reelinfeele ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The best trails in florida to learn how to ride. You can learn how to jump. you can learn super technical. If you are the kind who would rather ride for 60 miles without too many obstacles, this is the place. On the other hand. If your bike is set up for all mountain, you will bore quickly. The trails have no jumps and very little serious ups and downs. Nyals trail out at 49th street is the most complete trail in the system. The rest is for kids, lungs with legs and freeriders. if your bike weighs about 30lbs and you dont want to launch off of a twenty foot drop, you will be disappointed.



Comments
i2ambler (12/28/2009)
Its kind of a waste of money to own an 'all mountain' bike in a state with no mountains...
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Review Date
February 15, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: S-BikerInFlorida ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
BEST TRAIL IN FLORIDA That being said, Ive been out here twice and have had a lot of fun both times. The OMBA guys deserve a lot of credit for this being such a great trail. The first thing that impressed me was how well designed and kept up the trails were. Tons of fast twisty singletrack. A lot of technical stuff. Plenty of beginner trails to if youre not into getting too crazy. Nice scenery and plenty of shade when riding which is great for hot Florida weather. If you live in Florida you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Recommended Route:
I mostly enjoy the blue and red trails. The blues are pretty fast. The reds are challenging. I would reccomend trying any of the trails by the parking area in the santos section first. I liked Sinkhole and John Brown trail the most over here. Canopy and Speedway are some good blue trails. Then go across the road to the Vortex area and try Twister. That will take you to the back door trail and get you into the area around the Vortex. All of the red trails around here are tough and fun. You will have to be alert to the trail at all times. Tons of fun. GET A MAP and pick what suits you best and have fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Havent made it down to Nayl's Trail yet but I hear its really good. Its near the Land Bridge Section.



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Review Date
January 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: formulaone33 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my favorite place to ride in Florida. Riders can start out on the Yellow beginner trails and progress through Blue, Red and finally to the Vortex Free Ride area all in one place as their skills develop.

Most of the trials are woody, twisty, single track. Yellow trails are fairly flat but the Blue and Red trails have lots of sudden up and down elevation changes with some leg shredding, anaerobic, steep, technical climbs on the Red trails.

In the Vortex Area there are raised paths and obstacles (natural and man made) to ride over as well as drops from a few feet to over 20 feet, a dirt jump track and a pump track.

No matter what you like doing on a mountain bike there is a place to do it at Santos.

Note that I rated the aerobic and technical difficulty as pretty high. I did this because there are certainly A LOT of tough technical trails at Santos. However, there are just as many mellow and pleasantly challenging trails for new riders and kids too.

Recommended Route:
Thee are too many good routes. Just talk to some guys in the parking lot and tag along or download a map from www.omba.org and go explore!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Felasco North of Gainesville.
Alafia and the Boyette Scrub Preserve south of Tampa.



Comments
johnb (02/11/2009)
Don't know who created this new Santos trail review but, Santos was already in here. It's been on MTBR trail reviews for close to 10 years now. We really only need that one.
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