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Trout Creek Trails

Average Rating:    (3 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Limited amount of trails-part of "Wilderness Park" with Morris Bridge and Flatwoods riding area.Best thing is to park at Morris Bridge biking area and ride across street.Go into entrance and after first bridge is a marked trail entrance. This is "Coconut Grove"..probably toughest palmetto root run in all 3 parks! Rest of trails are avg. at best and not many...make this part of ride @ Morris Bridge-not your sole ride!
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Latitude
28.08773167681109
Longitude
-82.3505973815918
Trail Directions
on Morris Bridge Rd. directly across from Morris Bridge biking area-big sign-u can't miss it! See Morris Bridge directions.
Trail Length
varies
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Tampa
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 11, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: becarrick ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
People who like to dis trails haven't figured out yet that any trail is what you make of it. I was introduced to mtb in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California. Every type of technical challenge you can imagine. Upon moving to Florida, I was doubtful I would be able to continue my enthusiasm for the sport. But these trails rock if you look at them the right way. I can do an almost 17 mile loop through dense Florida forest. The winding, snaking trails give me plent of opportunity for technical challenges, just not what most people think of as technical. For example, I try to keep my speed up while snaking through trees and rooted trails. There are plent of opportunities to straighten out a curve by bunny hopping some roots. But be sure you know what's on the other side. Coming down hard on another root is a definite pinch flat. And knowing when and at what speed it is safe to turn in sugar sand is a whole new experience. Also, these trails attract a lot of club rides - ussually a turn off for ego maniacs who think the trail only belongs to them. But the winding aspect of these trails lets you see them ahead and work on your pursuit techniques (of course waiting until they have an opportunity to let you pass once you catch them).

Again, any trail is what you make it. Of course this is no "Dead Cow Trail" in Oak Park, CA or Sycamore Canyon, but these trails have kept this CA mountain biker on the trails and away from becoming a dreaded roadie.

Recommended Route:
Start at Flatwoods on Morris Bridge Rd. Take the 1800 trail to where comes out on the road. Cross the river on the road and enter the Morris Bridge area. Ride all over those trails - Hog Wild, Techno Pig, Gandpa, Mysery, etc.. Then cross over to Trout Creek at test your skills on the roots of Coconut Grove. Hit the numbered trails off the levee at 46 and cardio it all the way to 25. Take 24 back to the 1800 trail and left back to your start (16.94 miles and work on improving your time each time). And forget the bike shower at Trout Creek. Let the mud and sand dry on your bike and clean it the next day with brushes to guarantee you won't drive it into your shocks or bearings with water.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Croom, Alafia, Boyette



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Review Date
March 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Downhill Donnie , from Tampa, FL

Summary:
One tire and that's only for the bike shower and sh!ter. Park in the lot.. head down the road past powerlines and on the left is a narrow opening in the fence. That is the trail. It winds around two lakes and comes out on the "powerline road" ride the edge and look for another trail (was Coconut Grove) on right. It comes out near the bridge - from here, ride the pavement over bridge and Fletcher to Morris Bridge park. Take morris to Flatwoods and then return to Trout Creek via the levee and wash sand off your bike. This trail has gotten worse (not in a good way). Construction of a new sewer line has destroyed the trails along powerlines. A bunch of wuss-scumbags hit Coconut Grove with a band saw and cut out the roots that USED to make it challanging. I am convinced the end result they want for this whole trail complex is to make it accesssable to gereatric ROLLER BLADERS. I wouldn't be suprised to see this trail paved one day. Go ride Alafia instead.

Recommended Route:
I park here because of a bike shower. Head to Morris Brige via lake trails, do loop to Flatwoods an return via the levee.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TOe and Alafia in Lakeland. Santos and Razorback in Ocala.



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Review Date
June 26, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Haro , from Tampa, FL

Summary:
Some have asked how you connect all three parks (Trout Creek, Morris Bridge, Flatwoods)?
Trout Creek: I always park here because of the shower. Leave the parking lot of Trout Creek and head back down the road a couple hundred feet on left is a wooden fence entry to Trout Creek trails. Trails wind around two lakes then follow trail down power lines to Coconut Grove which will test your balance. End back on the paved road just before the bridge at park entrance. Cross the bridge and (carefully) cross Fletcher to Morris Bridge Park.
Morris Bridge:
Cross next parking area through wooden fences enter onto main trail which is a gradual downhill. At the bottom is a kiosk map. Go right and follow along sandy ditch to Gator Bait which is a rooty, bouncy trail. Follow Gator to the end where it makes sharp left (sometimes there are tangerines on the trees). The trail now heads back towards Main trail follow till you see a trail to the right named Indian. This is another fast rooty trail with much less SAND than Main trail. Follow Indian all the way to the power lines. If you go right it dead-ends at a swamp, go left. Take the first faint trail to the right a very rooty trail that heads through a cypress swamp (dont fall or suffer being stabbed by cypress roots trust me, its cool). Follow this trail till it opens up and joins main trail, all heading to a single trail that connects Morris Bridge and Flatwoods. The joining trail will end at another parking area and boat dock take wooden walkway UNDER Fletcher road to the restrooms/boat launch and rest.
After resting ride up to Fletcher road and ride OVER the river bridge (the only way to cross the river). Immediately after crossing the river step over the guardrail on the left side of the road and ride down the trail to rivers edge. Take either trail to the right into the woods and end up on a long straight away the runs parallel to Fletcher. Take the first trail to left Expressway and wind through the woods to Flatwoods Park. Youll pop out behind a picnic shelter in sight of the paved loop entrance.
Flatwoods:
Main trail surrounded by 7 mile paved loop for roadies, skaters and walker/joggers with ice water coolers. Picture the park as a clock face, paved entrance at 6 oclock. Start on paved road to mtn bike trail entrance at marker #25. (About 5 oclock). This trail will endlessly snake through the main part Flatwoods. I think its broken into five sections by fire roads. Palmetto, pine and scrub, lots of roots and sand with switchbacks. Personally I dont like the ride but it adds miles. You will end up around the 10 oclock position of the clock face. Turn left and cross over pavement to continue trail (or ride on pavement) At about 9 oclock point on the right side of paved circle is a trail leading straight out. This sandy trail is about 1 mile long. Halfway down is Panther witch circles an open marsh and rejoins paved loop at 12 oclock position. If you go straight instead of taking Panther, you will crosses an aluminum bridge and head right up to the flood control levees ride up onto the levee and follow the dirt road to the left it crosses through gates and flood control dam over the river again and then ends up at the Trout Creek parking lot where you started. Shower off your bike and self and drive home happy. Total loop is about 16 miles.
For a good cardio ride I give this park a 4. For technical roots and switchbacks I give it a 2. There are no drops to speak of. Very scenic tour of Florida great for families.

Recommended Route:
I-75 to Fletcher East take first left into Park. Drive to end of road and park there is a bike shower and restrooms there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Toe, Carter PArk, Alafia



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Review Date
March 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mtber , from Tampa,FL

Summary:
There are only a few trails here but the coconut grove trail is awesome. There is also plenty of places to rest. These are some nice short trails that you can work into your ride from Morris Bridge or Flatwoods.



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