Most start on the north side of the parking area and exit from the south side. The trail start off winding through scrub oaks. You then climb a berm that is lined with pines. There are trails that will take you through a swamp and one that follows the Econ. river.
There is a variety of trails available.
From Orlando take 50 East to 419 (past the Econ river look for a McDonalds on the right). Turn Left go north until you get to Second Ave.(it is in the middle of a right hand curve just past an ugly yellow mom & pop store)Take second Ave. to the end there is a stop sign. Turn left, the road curves to the right. SnowHill rd. is the first road on the left. go about 1 1/8 mi. you will see a wooden fenced in parking area on the left. On the weekends you will see plenty of cars with bike racks.
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Summary: I'm local to this trail, riding in Snowhill several times per week. Snowhill has a reputation for being confusing, difficult, sandy, and not at all fun, but I believe that a good deal of that reputation comes from riders who don't know the trail network and end up getting stuck. The trails are very poorly marked and can be confusing, but it is fun if you know where to go. It helps to have a local guide, but if you want to try it on your own, here are some tips.
There are two places you can park to get to Snowhill. The main trailhead is called Jones East. It costs a couple of dollars to park there, but you start right next to the bike trails. The other place you can park is the South Flagler Trail lot, which is basically across the street from Joan Walker Elementary School. There's no fee to park there, but there's about 1.5 miles of straight, mixed-use doubletrack to get to the bike trails.
The trails have almost no signage, and are arranged in a sort of spiderweb-like network. On top of that, the map at the Jones East trailhead is very poor. You can find and print a better map from opencyclemap.org.
It helps to have a compass. I've got one of those little 1-inch ball compasses pinned to my Camelbak strap. Snowhill is confusing, but the overall area isn't really all that big. As long as you can keep your orientation and keep generally moving in one direction, you'll run into the edge eventually.
Snowhill is bounded on the north by the river, to the east by Snowhill road, and on the west by the Flagler trail. There's also a loop of trail on the west side of the South Flagler trail, along the south side of the river, which is probably the most technical riding in the entire Snowhill network. Lots of roots and logovers, and never very busy because I don't think a lot of people even know it's there.
Stay off of the service roads! If you stick to the singletrack, then the only really bad sand is the palm scrub just south of the Jones East trailhead, and even that firms up pretty well in wet weather. The other trails have pockets of sand here and there, but nothing too bad. The service roads though are basically nothing but beach sand. That can be avoided if you keep off anything wide enough to drive a pickup truck down. Also, the farther away you get from Jones East, the better the trails get.
Recommended Route: If you park at Jones East I recommend heading north out of the parking lot. If you go out the south exit you'll hit a half mile of sugar sand straight away. I don't know if this area has an official name, but I call it the sand pit. Heading west around the metal gate is one of those service roads that you'll want to avoid.
If you're coming up the South Flagler Trail, the bike trail entrance is about 1.5 miles in. There's a bit of a clearing and a bench on your left, to the right a fence with a small bike sign on the post. When you go through the fence, hang an immediate right, and that gets you on the trail called "two bridges". The path going straight leads to a service road and sugar sand. Or you can keep going north on the South Flagler trail, past this entrance, another 3/4 of a mile to the river, where you'll find a couple of other entrances that will take you along the river on your right. Between the bridges that go over the river, there is the entrance to the west loop on the left, which is where the most technical riding is.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Soldier's Creek, a short out-and-back loop in Longwood. It's only about 1 1/4 miles around, and it's basically impossible to get lost on it. It's fast, fun, and somewhat technical. Worth checking out if you're in the area, but IMHO it's not really worth it if you have a significant drive.
Riders beware. My husband and I rode this trail this afternoon, this being my first time there. We were loaded with the trail map from the website, my GPS, wits, and experience. The trails are not marked at all. We couldn't find the fun, more technical trails my husband rode on a few weeks ago until later in the afternoon. And, it seems like someone has taken it upon themselves to make new trails that go off the property...which we didn't realize (since the map is terrible and totally unreliable) and we landed out on a huge forested, deer, wild hog, and snake filled tract of land. We could NOT find our way back to the trails, tried using the river to guide us, tried using our GPS and basically were trapped in the tract.
We had to call emergency officials as the sun was setting. We had to be flipping found by helicopter. Yes. Helicopter. And, even then, the aviator deputy had to walk to us after being led by the helicopter... We were beyond relieved and thankful!
We were guided out by two really awesome and kind Sheriff Deputies (one aviator and one road deputy) and in our walk back, we discussed the situation with them, asking where we went wrong. Both deputies, at different times, said that this happened numerous times. We were the farthest away they'd had, but being called out for getting lost was common. So many times, in fact, that a Deputy created a marker system to identify locations in the park for emergencies. This park is in serious need of volunteering or care from the county for proper signage.
So, basically, I do not recommend this trail at all. It's not fun enough, technical enough, and the fact that you can't find your way around is beyond frustrating. Compound that with getting lost and you can guarantee I'll never, ever go back. If you do go, go with someone who knows the trails well...and have 911 on speed dial.
Recommended Route: None. Riders beware.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Chuck Lennon (our favorite!)
Summary: This was my trail of choice for one week (rode 3 different days), to make sure everything was experienced. In real fairness this is terrible option for someone who is looking to have fun, nuf said. The trails: very sandy, lose sandy: tight and curvy which is nice when well packed: no down trees: not very technical: many palmettos (whic Rattlesnakes love): most importantly, no proper marking.
Even though there is a map at the north entrance of these trails the layout is quite difficult/impossible to follow. The map is useless. The map shows the trail heading in 2 directions (north and south). Immediately entering the trail head (north entrance), where the trail splits into 3 directions...confused yet even though the map reflects no split? Aside from being confused/lost the whole time I still looked to enjoy myself with the terrain; yet the loose sand was too deep to allow for any real speed/fun.
One could go on and complain more but job done so far is fair. Sure some of the locals will come on and refute these words, but honestly a fast fun time was expected with some challenging terrain. In reality one would be better served with an umbrella and beach cruiser over a mountainbike and moderate expectations.
One bright note, a beautiful Corn Snake hiding in the palmetto bushes staring right back at me.
Recommended Route: None.
Other recommended trails in the same area: If you want fun, go to Soldiers Creek, it's short but plenty of technical ares, bridges and jumps. There is also Chuck Lennon and Mt Dora, both lightyears ahead of this one. It is surprising that so many others rated this place as they did.
Summary: You can read below many descriptions of this trail and for the most part they are accurate and reveal the riders point of view on riding in Florida. I have been riding here since 1997 and have seen many changes to this trail. Now the trail is in great shape. In the dry seasons the Sugar Sand is bad, but last week I was surprised to see that the trail was in good shape and RELATIVELY "fast". Please be aware that midday on the weekends it has been getting busy and crowded. Please bike with care.