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Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve
Avg Rating: (4.51 out of 5) 67 trail reviews
Difficulty: Intermediate bike trail - Intermediate
Length: 20 miles Global Rank: #63
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Network
Ridden: 267 Wishlist: 113
95 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+5,600 // -4,200 feet
Average Speed: 7.8 mph Average Time: 1hr 42min
 
 
 
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by Dana Farnsworth, Outdoor Travels - Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve - the b****** stepchild that doesn't get the attention it deserves. No matter how wonderful the cross country riding, no matter how pretty the scenery, no matter how diverse the terrain and the trail personalities, Boyette seems doomed to live in the shadow of its more popular neighbor Alafia State Park.



One would think that Boyette offers little to the mountain bike rider, based on the limited traffic of knobby tires on any given weekend. After riding Balm Boyette off and on for a couple of years now, I can tell you that most riders have no idea what they are missing.



Boyette does itself no favors with its location. Once a phosphate mine, the area is somewhat hidden from any major road and can be hard to find. My first attempt ended in mad frustration when the directions in my guide book were incorrect!



What are you missing if you haven't ridden Boyette before? Well, first there is the 12+ continuous mile Forested Loop Trail. Almost a separate entity from the rest of Boyette, this loop offers up a long and winding, uninterrupted stretch of oak and pine shaded single track that one can really stretch their legs on. As the trail winds back on itself over and over again, it's easy to fall into a hypnotic-like trance.



Boyette also features some of the best cross country type riding around. Miles of unobstructed single track weaves its way along the edges of lakes, through pretty and unique prarie-type fields (which are better explored in the non-summer months), and forested canopy with brilliant green ferns lining the trail. There are a couple of short climbs here and there as well as some nice intermediate level challenges.

See www.outdoortravels.com for more information, photos, maps and more!



added by www.OutdoorTravels.com_- Bunny Hop on August 16, 2004

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    Q: Was on vacation in FL last week and I thought Boyette was awesome---did break a chain on the stupid rental after 10 miles of riding, climbing out of upper meadow... -armyslowrdr

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    armyslowrdr on March 30, 2014
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    Review: Was on vacation in FL last week and I thought Boyette was awesome---did break a chain on the stupid rental after 10 miles of riding, climbing out of upper meadow...

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    rwmtb on February 7, 2014
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    Review: I have been here three times and have had fun and explored new trails each time. The ride in and out gets a bit tedious but it isn't too bad. The trails have a very good flow and are not very technical. They make the best of the terrain as FL is so flat.

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    Jetnjeff29r on January 29, 2014
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    Review: http://www.mtbepicrides.com/2013/07/balm-boyette.html

    Balm Boyette is not on the IMBA Epic list, but if Alafia River State Park is on the list so should Balm Boyette!

    SWAMP puts up an impressive network. Brian McInnis (from JRA (Just Riding Along) Cycles just outside of Boston in Medford, Ma) and I discussed connecting these two parks,. With the facilities and sweet trails at Alafia and the even better trails at Balm Boyette, Swamp, may just have the makings of a IMBA ride center.

    I actually like Balm Boyette, just a little bit better than Alafia. More over all mileage and Ridgeline does give Moonscape a run for it's money! There seems to be more advanced trails, Abyss, Pandemonium, and Garry's loop, at Balm Boyette. I admit it is a close call. Spider Berm and a few others are better too, but North Creek and Roller Coaster at ARSP, have to be given there due. The Quadrants at Balm Boyette, do pretty much blow away any of the easy trails at ASRP though! Picture Endor with palm trees.

    Similar Trail: ARSP and Santos af course

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    Guest on January 20, 2014
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    Review: Great park! Great time with my husband.... will come back soon with my kids. Love it!

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    WcSSting on December 10, 2013
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    Review: Boyette is a blast! I have ridden there almost every weekend for 18 months and have learned all its trails, and I am never bored. I personally appreciate the 2 mile in and out fire road from the parking lot for its warm up and cool down qualities.
    The trails are a mix of easy beginner wooded trails, intermediate trails with some challenge and then some more advanced trails that will give you a serious workout. The best time of the year is definitely not in the rainy season, (June through August) when some of the trails get pretty rugged and this tend to rob the flow from the system. Maybe not quite as technical as Alafia State park, but I prefer Boyette for the flowiness.

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Santos.

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    Eastender43@yahoo.com on December 2, 2013
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    Review: !Wow what a great place,really friendly helpful people there too!My wife clipped a tree,got hurt,but we made it out fine..we did lose a Toyota Smartkey on the main grassy trail near Lochness somewhere..if anyone happens to find it,email me Eastender43@yahoo.com
    Reward for return!..the big drops here are truly breath taking the first time thru Ridgeline!Thanks to all for your help!We will be back!We also rode ALAFIA and this place is better,and safer.We drove 21 hrs from Wisconsin...it was worth it!

    Similar Trail: Alafia Moonscape

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    jeffrey_j on October 20, 2013
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    Review: Nice trail system with many different options for any skill level. 2 mile fire rode ride in from parking lot leading to multiple semi-short trails. Rode 95% of the blue and black trails and enjoyed most. Not as much flow as I like, but once you know the trail (only been here this one time) I imagine you could put together a good link of trails together.

    If ratings were out of 10, I'd give this system a 6.5-7...

    Ridgeline was great (8.5/10), but wish I'd ridden it before to know more of what was coming next.

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    ediblefrog on October 13, 2013
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    Review: Trails here are great. I'm an intermediate rider and there are plenty of options here. Love the Upper and Lower Spider Berm. Golf Cart is also a favorite! Can get some speed here! WOOT!

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    Guest on May 8, 2013
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    Review: had a blast!! will be back but signage!! signage!! signage!! dude's wtf get on it :-))

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    Peresite70 on March 21, 2013
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    Review: Went out and rode here this past Saturday and the trails were in excellent shape. The trail work that has been done on West Meadow was a huge inprovement. All the hog damage is gone and it's super fast and fun again. So if your thinking about making a trip out to Boyette, the trails are premo right now!!

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    Longrod on March 16, 2013
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    Review: Road boyette today for the 3rd time and for the 3rd time we got lost getting out there. I love this place but it could use some trail head signs. other riders we spoke to that didn't ride it frequently all said the same thing. All other signage is great. Once again swamp thank you

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    Spartan on February 5, 2013
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    Review: Pretty cool place. Great place for kids and beginners. My kids loved it.

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    Waterman75 on February 3, 2013
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    Review: Peresite, no amount of "maintenance" is going to prevent all hog damage (unless someone was there all day everyday) but having said that I was there today 2/3/13 and a vast majority of the damage I saw (which wasnt that much IMO) was just off the trails. Stay on the trails and you should be fine. This place is one of the best maintained trail systems in the state thanks to SWAMP, maybe you should volunteer some of your time if you truly think it needs more work... I agree with you on ridgline though, was on there today and it was in fantastic shape.

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    Peresite70 on March 21, 2013
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    Review: WATERMAN75

    Read your trail feedback on Boyette.. I acutally do volunteer my time out there. And I actually try and do trail updates on here often about our local trails to give everyone a heads up on the current conditions.. Not bashing the trails I love to ride, just giving current feedback. And since you ride our local trails, why don't you come out and join us sometime when we're doing to work on them. I'll be at Alafia next week adding onto Rollercoaster if you want to lend a hand. :wink:
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    Peresite70 on January 31, 2013
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    Review: Absolutely love Boyette. But there's a few trails that are getting ate up from the wild hogs out there. Some of the trails are in dire need of some maintence because of what the hogs have done, but at least Rigeline was in excellent shape.

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    NOBLES on January 3, 2013
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    Review: My son and I have been here probably 4 times in the past few months. We just returned from a vacation in Asheville, NC where we rode Bent Creek and it was some fun downhill riding. As for Balm Boyett.. This place rocks!! Parking is free, restroom available, great signage, good warmup ride into park, beautiful scenery and more. All types of trails for every rider. Get a map and enjoy!! SWAMP. Thank You!!

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    ebjr on December 13, 2012
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    Review: Great trails! SWAMP has really done a great job maintaining. Tried for the first time yesterday and had to go back today for an encore. This park really does have something for everyone. I am just getting started so I haven't tried the really advanced trails yet but will definitely do so soon.

    Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park

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    29sjustfine on November 3, 2012
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    Review: Loved this trail. Thank you Jerry for showing me the way.... It is a great ride!

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    ncstatewlfpk on October 4, 2012
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    Review: Beginning trail is all sand, but after that a fantastic day in the saddle. Great singletrack with some interesting technical areas, but overall doable for an intermediate to advanced rider.

    Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park or Santos-Vortex

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    Peresite70 on September 25, 2012
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    Review: Rode Boyette tonight and most of the trails were in great shape. They were all dry n packed down. Way faster then last week when I was riding there.

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    Pake on September 22, 2012
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    Review: First time riding Balm today. Not enough time to do it all. My wife doesn't like the 2 mile ride just to get to the trails. That and coupled with the lack of signage, made for a long day of stopping to check the map and missing some of the trails completely (Too hot a day for that). Overall, we enjoyed the trails. I'd be more than happy to assist in placing signs out there. Better signage would definitely make it a better day of riding.

    * Review edited 9/22/2012

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    Trek820beast on September 4, 2012
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    Review: My first time at BBSP had a great time, trails ride smooth and you can really get some speed on them. wasn't able to ride ridgeline but N. and S. abyss are deff on my favorites list. Can't wait to go again. P.S. I didn't see any info on it but the parking is free, but try and get there early so you don't have to park on the road

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    Peresite70 on July 27, 2012
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    Review: Rode this trail system for the first time yesterday and for the most part everything was in good shape. Ridgeline was closed, but we ended up riding it anyhow. Why it was closed is beyond me since there weren't any areas that were washed out at all. It wasn't smooth as glass like I'm sure some people might like it but it was completely rideable. Made it thru the whole trail with no problems at all and I had a blast on it!!! If you've never been to Boyette I suggest that you do so!!

    Similar Trail: Alafia, but on steriods!!

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    PSIME84 on July 22, 2012
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    Review: These trails are awesome! Worth the drive from anywhere in the state. These trails have a great flow to them. I have seen people compare them to Alafia and other surrounding parks but with a flow like this I would say it is closer to the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) in South Carolina. Just an amazing ride. Ridgeline Was more than I expected. Hats off to The Swamp for a exceptional job maintaining these trails. If you are new to the trails BRING A MAP! It is pretty easy to find your way out but getting back can be difficult. Over all some of the best trails I have ridden. There is something for everyone and I promise you will not be disappointed!

    Similar Trail: Forks Area Trail System (FATS)

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    Yetimann on June 26, 2012
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    Review: This is an great place to ride, the trails can connect creating a great long flowing course. Ridgeline is a nice ride that will excite you and kick your butt all at the same time. Very wet right now thanks to TS Debbie.

    * Review edited 6/26/2012

    Similar Trail: Alafia

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    rich67 on June 9, 2012
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    Review: KICK ASS. One of the best in the Tampa/West Florida area. Fun trails for all types of riders, the new Sidewinder sections are a blast, and Ridgeline is a roller coaster ride you can take for free. Absolutely awesome layout and all day fun. Wish they would pave the lot, add more parking, and put out some other amenities (bike wash, etc). Then this place would be 6 stars. Love it here.

    Similar Trail: Santos, San Felasco

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    martin29er on May 23, 2012
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    Review: It can be a bit hard to find your way back out!!! However one of the best trails i have been to. Ridgeline is a most do...

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    superautofl on April 30, 2012
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    Review: Nice park mostly novice, beside a few trails very confusing even with a map no exit or direction signs at all.

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    taylororamac on March 19, 2012
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    Review: Balm is a great place to ride. Other people are saying its hard to navigate, and I agree. It took me and my riding partner a good 5-6 times of riding that place to even get a feel for the layout. When you do find your way, the black diamond trails are intense and so much fun. The lower challenge trails are also very fun and there is nothing too difficult as long as you get a little practice in first! I love this place.

    Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park

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    Desi1211 on March 18, 2012
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    Review: We rode most of the intermediate courses for over 20miles and wow what a ride. Sunny, windy and some rain showers. Perfect weather and one of my favorite parks. Great riding.

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    afullsodacan on March 2, 2012
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    Review: Very good trail system. I just rode here today. Me and a buddy ended up riding with a guy who had ridden here before. We had a ton of fun. Ridgeline was definitely all it was cracked up to be. Ridgeline is now currently my favorite trail in Florida. The other black diamonds and intermediates were also pretty fun, but not the main attraction. The main reason that I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is a pretty good amount of ride-in along a sandy road to get to the singletrack. Ridgeline is a definite 5 stars; going down the mounds is awesome. On a side note: for some reason Ridgeline is not listed on either of the trail maps at the trailhead, but it is not currently closed.

    * Review edited 4/11/2012

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Carter Road, and Santos

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    delphinide on February 22, 2012
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    Review: Second review: I have now ridden the new sections of trail on Ridgeline a couple of times and there are no true words to describe how much fun this is! It is technical with steep but sloping drops easily ridden with an XC bike. Would not say it is 'better' than Santos and Alafia...as they are all different and great Trifecta of FL trails. A must ride if you have not done them before.

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    cmoran4 on January 17, 2012
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    Review: I just started riding and had a blast here. Technical fun for riders of all levels. Tons of trails. I had the most fun on the "intermediate" trails. I wasn't ready to ride the "black diamond" trails, but I'll get there. I can't wait to go back!

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    theUfan on December 22, 2011
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    Review: This place is so underated and overlooked. I would place it above Santos and Alafia. If you have the skills and stamina Ridgeline is one of the best trails in the state.

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    carlitosway on December 5, 2011
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    Review: Thanks to swamp!!! Love this trail!! Excellent Mountain biking for all Levels. If you like mountain biking in Florida you need to visit this park is one of the best!!!

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    malva on November 29, 2011
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    Review: Loved it! My favorite trail so far! Went to see Alafia and Santos in Fl nonetheless this is my favorite! Well mantained and marked, very fun singletrack with ups and downs. Its not awfully technical but will keep you entretained with steep sections.

    Similar Trail: North Park, PA Bavington, PA

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    dcluley on November 26, 2011
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    Review: Balm is the best there is around for epic all day rides. Alafia gets all the attention around here, but overall I feel Balm is a better system. There is something for everyone whether you are just out for a leisurely tool around the woods, meadows, amd lakes, or are up for the challenge of Abyss and Ridgeline. You can easily make long loops out of the trails flowing from one to the next of 20 plus miles of bliss. I have seen wildlife ranging from your usual Florida fauna of tortoises, armadillos, squirrels, gators, hawks, jays. . . To the more exotic sightings of a bobcat and a 2 point whitetail deer that ran along in front of me for a good 100 yards. Some have even claimed to have seen an endangered Florida Panther! SWAMP does a great job of maintaining this extensive system. They always keep the trails clear of brush and blockages. If erosion or wild hog rooting tears up the single track, they are out to fix it and put preventive maintenance in place. And it always seems like the are looking for ways to make the trail system better. For instance, they just started to put in a new "Back Rim" trail that can be used if Swampthing or Ridgeline are closed, with some flowy fast downhill and bermed sections. Overall a great park to layout your epic ride. Only drawbacks are the remote nature of the park with the long ride in and out and it's easy to get lost if you aren't familiar with the layout. But if you're in for an epic ride, these can become a plus. Who wouldn't want to feel like you're dropped into a remote wilderness fat tire playground for 3+ hours every once in a while!* Review edited 11/26/2011

    * Review edited 11/26/2011

    Similar Trail: Santos

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    G8rbiker on November 18, 2011
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    Review: JoeTutt: You should'v come to the Fat Tire Festival last weekend!!!! You missed it. Ridgeline is like being on another PLANET!! 15 to 30 foot climbs and drop-ins. (only bad part of trip was our friend broke his wrist - not paying enuff attn on Ridgeline 1st time on it!!!). N. & S. Abyss were also fun, not nearly as high as Ridgeline. Golf Cart was a fun run-out on the way out; Canyon was fast and short. The rest of the Blues were not that hard, a 'B-' rider can have a great day out there.

    Similar Trail: Santos - Vortex; Alifia - Rollercoaster

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    joetutt on September 5, 2011
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    Review: For me, Balm was a little disappointing! Since I heard a lot of really great things about it, my expectations were high. The trails were poorly marked, making it difficult to navigate, even with a map. We spent a lot of time trying to figure out where the heck to go. The black trails were fun, but not too exciting. Up, down, up, down, it just seemed really redundant. Ridgeline, the "best" trail out there, was closed. According to a local we met out there it's closed most of the summer. That was disappointing! Overall, we had a great time out there, it just didn't meet the hype.

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    delphinide on June 11, 2011
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    Review: Rode yesterday and the trails are in great shape...thanks so much to SWAMP club for building and maintaining such a great trail system. I love Alafia, but I challenge anyone to find a better flow than Lochness to Randys Trail to Pandemonium to Sidewinder to Swamp Thing to Ridgeline to South Abyss to North Abyss....15 miles of insane technical riding. One of the best trails in the US if you like flowy half pipe style drops and benders...

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    jcaiii on November 18, 2010
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    Review: One of my first stops every time I visit Tampa and bring my MTB. Sweet singletrack with great flow.

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    scotkrzy on June 7, 2010
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    Review: rode here this weekend, Very fun trails. Heard a rumor at the trailhead that the county was going to plow it down. could this be true? It would be tragic

    Similar Trail: alafia, cater park Santos

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    GoKite5 on May 2, 2010
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    Review: Great trail, Ridgeline is one of the best trail sections in FL, progressively bigger gulps to build some speed, flow, and get a work out. Third only to Alafia and Santos. Its amazing how many people I see at Alafia and how few at Boyette. The trail is worth its while and doesn't get enough love.

    * Review edited 5/24/2010

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    Guest on March 12, 2010
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    Review: Hidden treasure! For years I had heard how this trail wasn't worth the drive. After reading reviews & being tired of the same trails & ventured off to find this one. I will tell I was pleasantly surprised. There is "advanced / black" trails here, by FL's standards, that will get the heart pumping. I highly recommend this park. I also, recommend carrying spare parts as if this was all day ride in the wilderness. It's two miles in of flat, single track just to get to the trails. This is not where you want to have a flat & have to hike the bike back to the car. I find it to have the best, flowing "downhill" sections in the state. Flowing is the key word! Though it is up & down, if you know how to ride, the up is minor. "Ridgeline" is the trail that is a must for the more experienced riders. You will forget that you are in FL for about 10 minutes! I was so impressed that I'm going to contribute money to the "SWAMP" club for a well put together park.

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Markum & Santos are all similar trails. However, if you're going to Alafia, stay in the vehicle & continue another 10 miles to here. As a bonus, no entrance fee either.

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    jbster13 on December 14, 2009
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    Review: They just added some great trails to this park. Worth a visit.

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    Jordan300 on October 15, 2009
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    Review: Great Trail system. Got to ride it last month. It was tons of fun, lots of diverse trails, something for everyone. Well marked through out.

    Similar Trail: Santos San Felasco

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    spags25 on August 18, 2009
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    Review: 8/18/09 Update... Ridgeline is still closed...infact if coming from North abyss/ south abyss area they have all the trails closed off from the entrance inbetween north and south abyss.

    Similar Trail: Alafia

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    JSurratt on July 12, 2009
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    Review: I like this trail system except for the 2 mile trek to get out to where the fun stuff is located. Ridgeline was closed so we will missed seeing that part of the trail. However my first trip out not knowing where we were and the rain made a mess of the day.....but we treaded thru and found some interesting spots to come back to. The trail system around the lakes and the prairie views were great to ride thru. The North East, North West & Palmetto trails winded under the canopy of the trees with very little roots to grind over......felt as if we were lost since the map had fell apart from the rain, but finally we came out on the parameter road and found our way back 2 miles to the trailhead.....would like to see more trail map signs to help verify where you are on the trail.....I like ride at Alafia River & Loyce Harpe Park however I will have to try this trail again someday.

    Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park, Loyce E. Harpe Park

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    cujo on May 29, 2009
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    Review: Ridgeline is temporarily closed until it dries out a little.

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Loyce Harpe Park, Santos

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    darrinw2001 on May 29, 2009
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    Review: Great trail system. Signage issue the last reviewer talked about is due to the land managers restrictions on signs on the property. The new "ridgeline" trail is one of the best trails in the area.

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Santos

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    Floridadan on May 11, 2009
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    Review: Conditions: HOT...Dry..Very breezy...It hasn't rained in a long time. I only say that to account for the sandy conditions. LOVE THIS PARK! Its a great mix of fast open single track with a complement of some challenging blacks. My hats off to SWAMP (Clearly not a member yet) and their crew for a great job maintaining and running these trails. There is such a neat mix of tight closed in tracks that feeds to wide open meadows and suddenly your looking at a huge lake. Awesome! I would have given it a five but for the lack of signage. Even the description on the SWAMP website says you will get lost but its not necessary. More signs would really help. I was on the map all day. If you use another SWAMP Maintained property as a gold standard for signage, Alafia, then Boyette falls way short in this department. Other than that...if you don't ride this then shame on you..You don't know what you are missing.

    * Review edited 5/11/2009

    Similar Trail: Santos, Alafia, Markham

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    Devin_P on April 12, 2009
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    Review: The trails at Balm Boyette are pretty good. The SWAMP MTB Club that maintains them does a decent job. The Ridgeline is by far the most exciting trail with good fast and steep downhills. I also found the North Abyss and South Abyss to be alot of fun. The two mile ride down a double track road that was made of sand took alot of fun out of the place. It was especially tough after riding several hours and covering near 15 miles worth of trail. The flow of the trails seemed awkward as you often had to double back on the fire roads to get to other trails. All in all it was a cool place and a good spot to visit...Don't forget sunblock and bug spray* Review edited 4/12/2009

    * Review edited 4/12/2009

    Similar Trail: Alafia

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    cujo on April 11, 2009
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    Review: This trail rocks. The new addition of Ridgeline will put this place on the map. If you haven't ridden Boyette you don't know what you are missing. Great flow and something for everyone.

    Similar Trail: Carter, Alafia, & Santos.

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    jcotton on March 25, 2009
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    Review: Great trails, my favorite trail of all local trails. the new ridgeline trail is SUPER! lot's of miles of trails to for all abilities. thanks swamp club.

    Similar Trail: santos

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    rich67 on January 24, 2009
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    Review: Not bad! The 2 mile path heading into the main park wasn't much of an issue. The parking area is kind of small and lacks facilities. That makes it better though, since there are less people out on the trails. Some of these trails are VERY short- Gator Pit, Loch Ness, and Spider Berm. The best trails I hit today were Golf Cart and North/South Abyss...what a rockin' ride at the Abyss!!! One of the best ones I have been on, for sure. The intermediate trails are very easy for me, since I ride a lot at Alafia. Even the difficult one like Upper Loch Ness was more like an easy/intermediate trail. This is a pretty decent place; I was pleasantly surprised.

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Santos, Morris Bridge/Wilderness Park

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    rnavarro on November 3, 2008
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    Review: I just got back from riding this trail and i was very impressed. I'll take this place of Alafia any day. Beautiful cross country riding for the state of Florida. Almost forget i was in Florida. True single track everywhere. Single track that even goes through meadows. Skip Alafia and go straight here. U will not be let down. Now if ur the free ride type , u'll get bored. U all can stay at Alafia.

    Similar Trail: Alafia. still a very fun place. just more bump and grind.

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    Tranceman on October 28, 2008
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    Review: We use Boyette as an alternative to Alafia. It's always a good time and there are certainly some challenging trails out there. I go about once every other month when I start to get burnt out on Alafia or if I just want to ride more conservatively. The bad thing for me (and the guys I ride with) about Boyette is that there is a mix of single track and double. Plus there is a two mile trip out to the trails via boring mix of single and double. This sucks if your bike breaks down beyond repair or you get hurt. I'm told that at one time you could drive out to the trails and park but that is certainly not the case now. Others have said they appreciate the extra few miles of fat burning. I'd probably go at least a few times a month if it wasn't for the remote parking lot. There have been some new trails cut so get out there and give them a try.

    Similar Trail: Santos, Alafia River State Park, Carter Rd, Fl

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    Guest on September 29, 2008
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    Review: Always worth the ride at this singletrack while visiting Alafia. A very nice network of singletrack with some technical areas that you can get up some speed. AAA++ in my book!

    Similar Trail: Alafia, Santos, Carter, Gran Canyon

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    Guest on August 14, 2008
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    Review: A very beautiful trail to ride! Not to many technical things but a real work out that you can get some speed up on. Lots of trails to ride throughout this netwrok of trails so it is easy to get lost out there. Those guys & gals with that SwampClub do a really good job with these maintaining these trails. Thanks!

    Similar Trail: Too many to post, but Alafia & Santos are the bomb!

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    Phlip44 on August 12, 2008
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    Review: Great trails, a wide variety of scrubs, ridges, meadows, forest, and mine hills. Great scenery, very quite and secluded, very florida. Scrub sections were extremely long and fun, east sections had some great rolling sections, a lot more difficult than i anticipated, not quite double diamond, but close. Watch the ticks and spiders. Saw a huge turtle on the main path just chillin'.

    * Review edited 8/12/2008

    Similar Trail: Alphia, Santos

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    emillan1 on March 21, 2008
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    Review: very nice

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    mikew on March 16, 2008
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    Review: 2 ml. ride to get to trails, not so cool. Trails are awsome though, no doubt. Blue and Black trails, tough stuff.

    Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park.

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    Hypocrisy_Kills on February 24, 2008
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    Review: Beautiful area, very little traffic, and some great intermediate trails made for a fun ride and a great workout. If it's your first time here, you'll probably get turned around a bit.

    Similar Trail: Alafia

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    papercityhustler on April 16, 2007
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    Review: great ride for the intermediate, a bit challenging for the beginner and advanced riders will find this trail to be boring other than the abyss(nice ups and downs)* Review edited 4/16/2007

    * Review edited 5/8/2007

    Similar Trail: san falesco preserve

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    ositoking on September 23, 2006
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    Review: On the east side of Boyette Road are 12 miles of beginner's level two-track circling the dozen or so lakes. Several intermediate level single-track loops branch off this main two-track. These loops are cut through the woods and along the lakes, and consists of moderately strenuous, more technically difficult trails. There are some open sections where a rider can gain speed, but for the most part, the trail is tight, twisty and tough. Oh yeah, it's also great fun.

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    dlnelson15 on August 25, 2006
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    Review: Great Trails for both beginners and experienced riders alike. Swamp Club does a superb job maintaining this area.

    Similar Trail: Alafia State Park - Sweet Trails

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    aguamaul on June 25, 2006
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    Review: This is a trail I had always wanted to try but never got around to. Now that I've ridden Boyette twice I can say that this site truly has something for everyone. Trails can be hard to find out in the open areas, but the eight mile wooded trail is well marked. Wildlife of the reptilian kind is abundant as are small furry woodland creatures. If you don't mind the two mile ride from the parking area to the trail-heads, or the lack of a bridge over the creek just past the start of the trail system (where I broke my wrist!), then this biking site may just be one of the best places to ride in the Tampa area.

    Similar Trail: Wilderness Park, Tampa

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    dashreeve on May 11, 2006
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    Review: I'd say the Farnsworth review is 100% accurate. I rode it twice today and it's a great set of trails. Great orkout, super cardio, no super technical stuff just easy single track dor the most part. One tough trail in the very back. Trails are not too easy to find, just go to Balm Boyette Rd. off of 672 and you'll see the small parking area. Well maintained by SWAMP. Great views of the lakes, nice pleasant ride for us non-professional riders. Had it all to myself most of the day, but after 5:30 there were about 15 or so people there.

    Similar Trail: Similar to Croom but flat, some harder parts like Carter Road but without the same flow.

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