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Tom Brown (park)

Average Rating:    (4.3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

-> this is where many of the European mountain biking teams trained for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, because it was "harder and more technical" than the Olympic course!! Twisty turny, always eather going up or down a hill and around a corner.
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Latitude
30.4455659145838
Longitude
-84.21363830566406
Trail Directions
I-10 to HWY-90 west, turn left (south) on 319 (Capitol Circle), go a little more than 1/2 mile and turn left on Easterwood Dr, go about 3/4 mile and turn left at the BMX track. For more info call About Bikes at (850) 942-7506
Trail Length
3.25
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Tallahassee
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Review Date
October 7, 2013

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: jaglex13 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Just started getting into biking and live near tom brown. i gave this trail a shot and boy, There was multiple times I was glad that i was not going too fast. this is a very fun trail it turns and bends a lot. it was pretty difficult in my opinion and scared me at least three times. I had a blast and thought it was great!!

Recommended Route:
follow the blue markers.



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Review Date
April 19, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: toddn904 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I rode this trail last weekend for the first time since 1993. Wow, what a difference. The trail was like a roller coaster, with lots of twists and turns with berms throughout. There are no long steep climbs in either direction, but lots of undulating ups and downs. It is so hard packed and smooth you could probably literally ride most of it on an old Huffy 10 speed (none of your typical sugar sand or roots.) There were two really fun sections inside the main loop that were labeled as "expert". I am not sure why because they were not that difficult, and I am certainly no expert. The best section was a serpentine criss-crossing down a small ravine. It consisted of several easy table-top, double, and single jumps and even had some whoops. There were a couple of short "bridges" to play on and what looked like a shallow drainage ditch that was scattered with basketball sized rocks that looked like it would have been fun to try to navigate if i would have had more time. My only complaint is also a positive and that is that there were quite a few people on the trails. I was a little nervous I was going to run into someone on some of the higher speed blind curves. I guess the positive is there is plenty of assistance around if needed. Also, there is a bike wash station down by the playground. Overall I think this is one of the best trails I have ridden in Florida. PS- The park had a very busy disc golf course as well.

Recommended Route:
I only rode the main trail, which is well marked at the entrance and throughout. There is a map posted at the trail head, although it's not really necessary. I rode the trail both clockwise and counter clockwise and had a slight preference for clockwise (seemed to be more people riding clockwise); but either is great.



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Review Date
March 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Megashnauzer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail has gotten a nice makeover since I last rode it. New signage and skinnies make the loop fun and challenging. The Cadillac trail has doubled in length due to a new trail that parallels the old trail making a nice loop. It too has some nice obstacles making it difficult riding but there are easier options. The trails across the lake aren't worth the effort (unless of course we were not on the correct loop, as there isn't much signage over there). Definitely worth the trip if you're used to flat sandy trails and the abundance of good restaurants makes for excellent post ride refueling.

Recommended Route:
Just follow the signs from the BMX track. They are numbered which is a nice touch.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails in Pensacola (my local trails) are nice and have improved a lot over the last year. It's not a mtb destination but if you're in the area you might as well hit it. Mobile is a good alternative. Oak Mountain and Swayback are awesome.



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natepac (03/22/2009)
Carl I know this is your review
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Review Date
January 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MtnSpectre ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I wouldn't go as far as to rate this trail as extreme maybe intermediate. There were two challenge obstacles that were fun. These trails were well marked and very enjoyable to ride. If I were to travel down to the Tallahassee area, I would ride this trail again. I guess the aerobic level of this trail would just depend on how you rode the trails and what gear you have it in. It was my first ride in about a year because of a deployment to Iraq and it didn't kill me. Of course I was taking easier than I usually do.



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Review Date
January 1, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: BikerDan ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
These trails have something for everyone. The Magnolia/K9 loop is pretty flat and great for begginers. The Gun Range loop has a few short steep hills and a twisty section in the woods near Easterwood Drive. The Ravines loop is the toughest and it has some spots where begineers will want to dismount and go around. It has a nice log bridge engineered in the middle if the goat fence is not up. There is the flat, paved Goosepond Trail if that is your style. There is a also a dedicated BMX tracks with jumps.

Other things to do in the park include various tennis and softball courts, disc golf courses, a RC car track, fishing ponds and a dog park.

Recommended Route:
A good map of all the trails in the park map can be found between disc golf course and the BMX track at the uphill side on the edge of the woods.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Also check out the nearby trails which connect up with Tom Brown Park: Fern trail and Cadillac/Piney-Z trails



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