Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.59 out of 5
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Intermediate
20
miles

Singletrack
↑ 4,200 ft
↓ 5,600 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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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 10, 2015
 
Review: Riding Ridgeline alone is worth 3 hour drive up from Miami!

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Poseur

August 3, 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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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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Gnarly


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

Similar Trail: Alafia

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Singletrack


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
Guest   
 
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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Poseur

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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Gramcounter


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

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Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve MTB Trail 4.59 out of 5 based on 87 ratings. 87 user reviews.
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