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South Shore (Fruit) Trail

Average Rating:    (4.21 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 33

This is the forum page for the new "South Shore" Trail. This was the Grapefruit trail. There has been alot of activity here latety. There are some fun freeride jumps and a small loop that includes some technical ridge lines that are challenging. Alot of the trail has been there for years, and the new stuff is almost re-creating and adding the fun to a trail that has tons of potential. Thursdays @ 5PM is the group ride and trail work day. We meet @ the St. Josephs church parking lot on Babcock just south of Port Malabar. It''s fun now, and will only get better. Remember how fast Wickham Park changed? You ain''t seen nothin'' yet! We will post trailbuilding and maint. times on this page, so keep an eye out for new postings.
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Latitude
28.012134329069425
Longitude
-80.6447982788086
Trail Directions
Just past the Melbourne Tillman canal bridge on Babcock St. take a right off the sidewalk and thru the grassy field. About 50 yards on the right there is a small opening in the trees that goes straight down . Watch you speed and no front brake. The trail follows the canal for a few hundred yards and crosses the dried out(sometimes) creek bed. On the other side, the trail continues up the hill and to the newer stunt sections. It continues all the way to where you go under I-95. Best to go with the group the 1st time.
Trail Length
2(Now), 6-8 (soon) Miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Palm Bay
Zip/Postal Code
32901
Country
USA
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Review Date
March 7, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Joe Dirt ,  Downhiller

Summary:
The first thing you notice is a trail with lot of rolling elevation changes all under an old growth hardwood hammock. Then you notice a lot of man-made bicycle features such as drop-offs, and dirt jumps. This is a true "Flow trail" that really shines only when it's fully dry and packed. With good pressure in your tires, you can get some very good speed, and quickly with minimal effort, pump through some really fun roller sections and various g-outs as you travel through the loop. There may be 8+ dropoffs, with atleast two measuring nearly 10 feet across. There is also a dedicated dirt jump area with pro level jumps. The jumps and drops are all well made and maintained, which flow and work very well. It's important to note, this is a closed loop trail system, that has been developed in a way where jumps and drops have been added to areas that enhance the overall trail flow. With nearly every technical feature having a 100% rollable bypass, this also creates an extremely fast and fun trail loop (XC). This is such a unique trail in that it sits in or near a neighborhood, and in any given day there are always different riders sharing the trail. People on bmx bikes, dirtjump, XC bikes, trail bikes, dh bikes, all can come here hangout, and have something to ride. What a great trail vibe, and experience.

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Other recommended trails in the same area:
malabar sanctuary and turkey creek



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Review Date
March 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: GrapeFruitEnema ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is really no longer rideable. It has fallen into disarray and is no longer a riding trail. The days of this trail are over sadly and is really not worth the drive to ride, you're better off to ride elsewhere.



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Review Date
January 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Kerbouchaud ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Took my first ride at the fruit trail in almost two years and was extremely dissapointed. Last time I rode there the trail was short but had some pretty nice technical sections with some whoops, a few small drops and some fun jumps. With few exceptions, most of the tech features were out in the open and easy to see so that nothing would sneak up on you. Now, the trail is filled with multiple gap jumps and drops that are nearly all in the blind so unless you are being very cautious or are an expert dirt jumper you're going to get waxed. The local crew out there have done an amazing job of building jumps however there has been very little though given to the safety of riders that are not experienced with the trail. There are no signs indicating drop offs or gap jumps that can not be rolled, there are many areas where there are sizable drops onto the main trail from as high as 8' where the person dropping has know way of seeing if there is a rider on the lower level and there is now way the lower level rider can tell that someone is getting ready to land on their backs. As a dirt jump park this place is amazing but unless that is what you are in to then you should look for another place to ride.

Given the lack of signage gaps lined with sharp branches, no discernable fall zones and unmarked crossover areas all combine to make this one of the most dangerous trails in the State.



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Review Date
August 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: melbeachshredr ,  Racer

Summary:
This trail is awesome. It motivated me to just walk out and work on it some. It has so much potential. Thanks to everyone that has ever worked on it.



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Review Date
August 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Boner Breaker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The west end of the trail is completely leveled at this point due to the expansion of I-95 through Brevard county, however, there is still plenty of trail to get tore up on from Babcock west. Stay to the right, and if you're not familiar with the trail, scout it first or you'll be dropping of an edge doing an endo. Still the best trail around locally. Not a trail for beginners.

Recommended Route:
start on the east end by babcock, stay to the right the entire loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ho Chi Minh (Turnkey Creek); Wickham; Bum Trails; Malabar Scrub



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