Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve

4.57 out of 5
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↑ 4,200 ft
↓ 5,600 ft
elevation (ft)

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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 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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Granny Gear

March 30, 2015
zijabiz Granny Gear  
Review: trail was in perfect condition today! not many riders so I had it almost to myself. some of the openings at the intersections were not marked, that's the only thing keeping it from a 5. great for a work out.

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March 20, 2015
Theejuicer Gnarly  
Review: Great place better then the more well known Alafia.

Similar Trail: Alafia

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March 20, 2015
hproctor Singletrack  
Review: Plenty here for riders of all skill levels. Northwest, Southwest, Northeast & Southeast are great beginner trails, though they had a treadmill feel to me. The intermediate trails are a blast and Ridgeline & Abyss will interest the expert riders. The 2 mile double track from the parking area seems longer and the sand seems deeper on the way back.

Similar Trail: Some trails are similar to trails found throughout the state.

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February 3, 2015
Review: I think this trail is much more enjoyable then it's bigger brother Alafia to the causual rider. After you get past the miles of green trails.

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February 1, 2015
Review: First time riding here. And in general. I had a blast. The ride in was a petty good warm up. I took the beginner trail to bypass the entire 2 miles of sugar sand, came out and hit Loch Ness, and upper Loch Ness. Other than that just enjoyed riding around. It's worth the 30 min drive!

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Granny Gear

January 27, 2015
spike07 Granny Gear  
Review: Alafia was closed for a marathon so I hit balm. I don't get over to balm as much as I should. This trail system is a blast. Swamp has added some new trails and modified others for a great day of ridding. Ridgeline was open and I had forgotten what an ass kicker it is. I had a blast, thanks SWAMP!!!!!

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December 26, 2014
harleyferg Gramcounter  
Review: new stuff at Boyette.

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December 19, 2014
Review: Flows very well. Narrow singletrack on the harder trails then there is Ridgeline. It is packed down and just flows down and up. They even have the drops named. OMG and Max G are my favorites. Night riding here is a blast!

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November 9, 2014
Review: I never get tired of this place. There are so many trails at Balm Boyette with varying degrees of difficulty. Even inexperienced riders can have fun and learn as they ride. Don't be fooled by this being in Florida; there are some killer fast descents and terrain that will challenge you. I enjoy this place more the Alifia (that places is too rooty). Thank you SWAMP for all you do!

Similar Trail: Alifia, minus the number of roots there.

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Granny Gear

October 18, 2014
Osco Granny Gear  
Review: I don't ride double black diamond trails but the Intermediate trails are a blast. After spending my first two seasons at Boyette I am a lot stronger and a far better rider. I go to Alafia and Turkey creek now and then but Boyette has it all. It feels like I am way out In the woods. As for the two mile ride in and out fighting the sugar sand. This Is where we can improve our cardio and power. On the ride in Its a good warm up to Loch Ness or Palmetto cable, once there I stop, eat a protein bar, drink and then with warm muscles I stretch. Now I am tuned for the ride.
On the way out that two mile sand/dirt road is my burn down. I ride out at 110% often so spent at the end I cannot lift my legs over the bike to dismount. Here Endeth The Lesson :P

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