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Turkey Creek Sanctuary

Average Rating:    (3.79 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 24

If you want you a$$ kicked then yes ride this trail! I have never ridden anything like this trail. My hat goes off to all the locals who ride this 3-7 times a week! Mostly singletrack, it was just Knarly Root Infested torture,palmettos,DEEP SAND (whenever the trail cleared),large logs, you name it! I did 8 endos! The locals highly recommend dual suspension (my hardtail was just beaten to death!) Very very technical. Kind of like riding on railroad ties. Also wear a camelback. You just don't have time to drink from a water bottle. The trail is very hard to get speed, just when you think you can pick up some speed you either hit deep sand or some very knarly roots. Angel (he is the local that took me there on MY VACATION) if you wanted to break my bike I could of just given you a hammer! But overall an interesting and learning experience. You have to ride it at least once if you are in the area.
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Latitude
28.016226126405623
Longitude
-80.5982780456543
Trail Directions
Off of I-95 south take the second exit to Palm Bay on to Malabar Road. Turn left on to Babcock St. then turn right on Port Malabar road. Look to your right after the entrance to the library for the entrance to the trail On Port Malabar.
Trail Length
between 7-15 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Palm Bay
   


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Review Date
September 12, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Brent Parker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Keep in mind this trail is located in Palm Bay, surrounded by surburbia... but for the amount of space available the trail is really nice. 6-10 miles of single track depending upon which loops you do. In recent months trails have been clearly marked, and colored to make the trail flow better. Typically sandy windy single track with a few log crossings and some tree roots. Id rate it intermediate difficulty in some areas, beginner in others. Some cool new features have been added such as a long bridge through a swampy area which is a nice scenic touch especially in the wet season, and some nice log piles scattered throughout.

All in all, definately worth a ride if you are in the area. Id say if you are north of 200 mile marker on I 95 you are better off going to Econ @ Snow Hill Road though. But if nearby this place is definitely worth a trip.

Recommended Route:
From babcock head east on port malabar, trailhead is 50 yards after the bridge on your right hand side... its clearly marked with a trailhead sign.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wickham park - crap. Snow Hill Road (econ) good.



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Review Date
January 31, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Firepoint24 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I believe that Eelsbrevard put this trail together, or at least updated it and did a great job. Please keep in mind that my review is considering that this is Florida. The usual loop is six miles but if you venture to the "new routes" and back track a little it can be ten miles. It is a very young trail which means roots and palmettos (Snow Hill ten years ago). Still no problem. There are nice stretches of uninterrupted single rack and a few "technical sections, less than a quarter mile." However if you need to ride and haven't tried this location I say go for it. It is a great weekly ride to get some miles in.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Snow Hill.



Comments
Firepoint24 (01/31/2012)
Just keep in mind like all Florida trails, during the dry season it will be prone to dry sugar sand!
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Review Date
August 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: melbeachshredr ,  Racer

Summary:
Fun trail! Previous review is ridiculous. 8 endos? Any normal rider should have no problem. is a fun cruisy trail. There are a couple of sections with roots, but they are manageable. Trail is now marked well, with a couple of side excursions near end of red loop. Three or four small root sections and some sugar sand. Down by the bridge on the blue section is muddy and terrible for about 20 yards. It could be easily fixed with some wood. Many of the root problems could be fixed with some trail maintenance (dirt) or a machete. It has a lot of potential.



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Review Date
October 20, 2009

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: futska ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trails have recently been marked. Big thanks for that!

The red trail is an outside loop around a number of smaller trails. Under the canopy of trees the trail becomes more technical; lots of roots.

The blue trail comes off the red trail and takes you to a small bridge, followed by a creek with no bridge. Prepare to get a little wet. The trail takes you further south towards Malabar Rd. It's less technical, and leaves you in some soft fire lanes.

The ride gets better after a rain since the sugar sand hardens up a little.

Recommended Route:
Park at the rec center and head east on Port Malabar Road. The trail head is after the bridge across Turkey Creek. There's a nice sign marking the trail head.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Shore (Fruit) Trail



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Review Date
February 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: flrockmonster ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Looks like it has been awhile since someone posted a review on this trail. The trail is in great shape and lengths can vary from 1 to 8 or so miles depending on which trails you take after Brook Hollow. This trail definitely will beat you down but it is fun. Just wish it was more flowing. Sugar sand makes for an aerobic workout for sure. Have fun and take plenty of water. Lots of technical climbs over roots and logs.

Recommended Route:
Park at Palm Bay Recreation center. Ride east on Port Malabar (southside) and look for entrance right after the bridge over Turkey Creek. There is mountain bike sign posted there.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South shore trail, Santos, St. Sebastian River State Park.



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