Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve

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Intermediate
20
miles

Singletrack
↑ 500 ft
↓ 300 ft
112
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
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 August 16, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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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

A: oops--sorry posted this as q instead of review....

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Gramcounter


February 28, 2016
 
Review: Wow! Planned to go to Alafia as I love to when I visit, but got there early and Alafia doesn't open until 8, so thought I'd go for the double. But then I got so engrossed in this trail system that I didn't want to leave!

I first tried the green trails in the south, they appear not to be ridden as much as they're really leaf covered and not as dialed as everything else. But still fun, a good warm up if 2 miles in doesn't do the trick. The east meadow is beautiful, pretty ordinary riding-wise. The Woods trail started to make this really fun then some Swamp Thing and Garry's Loop is a great warm up to the reason you're here, Ridgeline! I only did it once (I was still planning on Alafia) but that trail is dialed! Lots of heart pumping from steep hills and lots of adrenaline from fun downhills and rollers but so well manicured that it never felt scary/sketchy. I feel like if I would've done that trail a few more times I'd get more comfortable and be able to get some air and some faster speeds...next time for sure! So it'd be a let down after Ridgeline right? No way! I went and did almost every other trail with South Abyss and middle spider berm multiple times. They are just excellent, flowy XC trails, fast, grippy and fun! Once I got a grasp on the system I was riding all over the place! Saw a few gators and a couple other riders. The other thing I like about this is the solitude. It's a truly beautiful place, the meadow and then the ponds and it's not near a road so you don't really hear much background noise, definitely an oasis of mountain biking so close to such craziness! Never made it to Alafia this trip. For the true XC rider looking to get away and ride buff singletrack you can't get much better than this!

PS- If you have friends or your partner is a runner, the grass trails in the meadow would be awesome for trail running. Also found a couple geocaches here too.

Similar Trail: Alafia, Loyce Harpe

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February 9, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Great place for all levels

Similar Trail: Chuck Lennon

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Gramcounter


December 20, 2015
 
Review: The trail is well maintained and groomed. The conditions on 12/19 were dry and compact. Ridgeline was open and in outstanding shape.

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Trailblazer

December 14, 2015
 
Review: Great fun was had!!! Tried to ride it all but did some loops twice and backtracked a bit on Spider Berm and Inner Loch Ness. Really liked Pandemonium and Golf Cart too!

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Bunny Hop


November 24, 2015
Hobbes Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Awesomely fun way to spend a day!

Similar Trail: Alafia

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Granny Gear

November 12, 2015
 
Review: One of the best trails all round for anyone leading how to ride to more advanced riders, defiantly a better trail to use as a stepping stone to more advanced riding.

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Gramcounter

October 5, 2015
rickbr11 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Love ridding here. Great flow to the trails and nice scenery. It could use a little better signage but swamp does an amazing job maintaining this system.

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World Champ


August 20, 2015
 
Review: Loved it! So much good flow and plenty of acreage for stretching the legs. I definitely want to go back to explore more.

Similar Trail: Alafia

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Granny Gear

August 11, 2015
 
Review: Riding Ridgeline alone is worth 3 hour drive up from Miami!

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Poseur

August 4, 2015
 
Review: I rode my first trails here and have been coming ever since. It's never too crowded which is great. There is a 2 mile ride from the parking lot to the trails so it seems long after a hard day of riding, but its a nice warm up and cool down.

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