Graham Swamp

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7
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Intermediate

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↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
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elevation (ft)
12.1
avg mph
157
ridden
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AVERAGE RATING
4.14 out of 5
About This Trail
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Lots of ups and downs for the coast, mostly hardpack with a little sand. Some logs, bridges, jumps, and a lot of switchbacks are here. Some good steep climbs and descents. I'm probably low-intermediate. I find myself getting off over some of the rockier and rougher spots. My old ('89) Rockhopper would be the death of me otherwise. I keep riding in the hopes that a)I'll build my skills, and b) I'll get something lighter, with shocks.

I've heard of hoards of wild hogs on this trail, but haven't been there at a good time to see them. Ditto for deer. I've seen a ton of armadillos. I am a bit wary when the trail goes down to swamp level. I'm still new to Florida, and I'd hate to fly over my handlebars and meet a big 'ol snake or gator face to face, so I'm a little cautious at the bottom of the trail.
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Doc66 on July 2, 2014
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Review: First time here and I wish I would've waited for there to have beenore rain. Way too much loose sandy areas right now in critical areas. Compare it to riding on the beach above the packed water line. Needs a few more trail markings for direction, not all of us ride here every week. Not all was lost though - Texhnical areas are very nice and well thought out. Nice covering and in the pine and oak groves the trail is packed and fast. Worth a shot again, but I'll wait until there has been a few good days of rain to pack it all in. If it was packed it would be a solid 4 bordering 5.

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Todd Maure Sr. on May 20, 2014
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Review: I don't know how to rate a trail when I am so inexperienced. I am a beginner at trail riding but I know how to ride a bike well just not on crazy terrain.

The trail is well marked. It has some nice jumps as well as some nice banks right in the beginning. The soft sand made it a bit difficult for me as well as the sharp ascends littered with roots. I actually had to get off of the trail about 15 minutes in because it was to difficult for me and I felt as though I was going to have a heart attack.

My 19 year old son and 13 year old son really enjoyed it. I thought the area was neat and I hope to be able to tackle this trail soon. I did almost kill myself on 2 occasions, but again I'm a beginner.

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madmanwithabike on March 20, 2014
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Review: Even though I give it a 3, it is my favorite semi-local local trail. I ride it as often as I can. The trail is decently maintained by a crew of locals. Beware, if you have been here before, watch for changes in the technicals. They completely modified a jump a couple of months ago which seemed to lend itself to more fixed gear jumpers than MTB. The trail has a great variety of terrain and vegetation. One minute you are in scrub, the next swamp, the next on a ridge of pines, and then into a grove of oaks. The trail has great visibility, and bout 5 decent drops. The trail can become very sandy very quickly after three days of no rain. I usually try to ride it the day of rain or soon after for the best grip. There are a few slippery root sections when wet. Just as an FYI, if you see a huge cable on the ground, it is the remains of a dump line that ran from a cement plant that was across the road from 1955 to 1965. They used to dump all of the refuse coquina and shells dug from the quarry, thus the coquina and shell mounds you see throughout the swamp. The plant dumped the stuff there in the swamp, and after it shut down, 40 years later you have trees and hills for us to ride.

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JMDELVAL11 on February 9, 2014
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Review: 1st time ride with a group of mixed bag of riding styles. We even had a trial bike rider(rode on his reg bike though). I really loved this trail. It's got it all. Tech sections, nice climbs, a few tight switchbacks, nice drops, flowy sections n twisty singletrack. We rode a day after 3days of steady rain n it drains perfect. Not a beginners trail. Probably a handful to ride during dry season. God willing we'll be back sooner than later. Kudos to the trail volunteers!

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fisher_rider04 on January 9, 2014
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Review: There is no other trail in the area like Graham Swamp.There are different ecosystems that provide for different trail conditions. You will encounter loose sand hill, mixed forests, and wet swamp. In the morning hours I have encountered white tailed deer, armadillos, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and hogs. There is lots of elevation changes along the trail with steep technical climbs and descents. This trail requires aggressive riding off the saddle and good endurance to get through some sections.
Plan on making the trip after a good rain to compact the sand.

Similar Trail: none

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puglieseme on January 8, 2014
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Review: I've loved Graham Swamp for 6 years now! It's got everything you need--descents, climbs, ladders, tight turns, roots, rocks packaged into 6.6 miles of fun. You get a workout from the very beginning and the first 1.5 miles will get you winded. There are go arounds on some of the tougher sections for beginner riders. I wouldn't call this a beginner trail though so proceed with caution (: But keep riding this trail and it will make any other trail in the area seem like a piece of cake. Haven't been here in a while? Come check it out with some new sections that have been built. This trail just keeps evolving with all the hard work that is put into it by a very small group of trailbuilders (if you ever see them, give them a thumbs up!). The city just built a new, paved parking lot with super clean bathrooms about 1/2 mile south of the original trailhead so you can get an extra mile out and back if you choose. I feel blessed to live 1/2 hour riding distance from "the swamp". Make sure you go to Facebook and like their page called Graham Swamp Trail Crew! Enjoy and keep on riding!

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shaitan69 on June 13, 2013
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Review: Rode Graham for the first time last weekend, and it was in good shape and really fun. After TS Andrea and the summer rains it was packed pretty well, still some sugar sand but overall I imagine it could have been far worse than that if it hadn't been for the daily rains the week before. It is a little hard to navigate with the trail crossing itself or at least coming close by, but overall its pretty easy to figure out where to go. The hills were a definite surprise, never imagined that amount of ups and downs, so I researched it and found out that there was a cement plant across the road from the swamp in the 50's and they had a dump line that ran across the swamp, when they dug up sand and shells that were waste they would haul it out into the swamp and dump it, hence the large hills, rocks, and shells. The steel cables from the dump line are still out there, and the trail crosses them many times. If only there was a little more tree cover to keep the exposed sand from drying out this could easily be one of the best trails in Florida, and probably still is the best on the east coast. I will definitely come back again, since I live only about 30 miles north, but only after a decent rain storm. Otherwise, its Mala Compra

Similar Trail: Mala Compra, Chuck Lennon

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Guest on June 13, 2013
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Review: Used to be all under the tree canopy, but in 2006, SJRWMD removed a bunch of pine trees infested with beetles. We lost half of the trail, but was reborn with better lines and less cover.
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robroy1031 on May 24, 2013
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dingdangit on March 25, 2013
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Review: 5140 Colbert rd not the easiest trailhead to find.

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VinnCecil on February 2, 2013
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Review: Great trail. Lot of ups and downs, switch backs and technical sections. One bad thing was the loose sand. Made climbing a little difficult in some sections. Overall great trail. Look forward to riding again. Keep up the great work.

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krow272 on January 30, 2013
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Review: This trail is a great aerobic workout and has a lot of potential. Fun layout, some nice features with a few drops, long steep ramps, tricky rock overs and a nice skinny air bridge. The soft sand can be difficult at times, especially on the climbs, at the bottom of a descent or even some of the drop landing zones, but it just adds to the challenge. Swamp Boss Mickey is very hospitable and doing a great job at leading Graham Swamp's development. Look forward to returning soon.

Similar Trail: Jonathan Dickinson State Park

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GoKite5 on January 22, 2013
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Review: Pretty nice trail, fun and fast, but short and not very difficult. Definitely worth the ride anytime you're driving by.

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dirtyjoe84 on January 18, 2013
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Review: I LOVE THIS TRAIL! I admit that the first time I rode "The Swamp" I hated it. I was a fresh new rider with no experience going up hill. After my third visit I was hooked! Fun climbs, jumps, drops, rock gardens, switch backs, berms, and plenty of beautiful forest to get lost in. I frequently see deer and wild pigs at this trail. You will not be sorry you have The Swamp and ride. Tip: When you get to the end for the big drop don't touch the brakes! Cheers!!

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Mick.Thornton on October 21, 2012
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Review: The trail is in great shape. Give it a ride!

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robkiser on October 19, 2012
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Review: Great trail! Someone really does a good job of keeping it up! Thank you! For Florida this trail has lots of different challenges and experiences! Sand, mud, hills, rocks, jumps, fast single track, technical drops and inclines etc... I may rode the same trail by accident a few times, it's easy to get turned around in the back section. My bike computer clocked 8miles. The really technical section are well marked with easy pass by's if you don't want to try them. It was a great ride I will be back!

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dcluley on October 9, 2012
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Review: This was a fun trail, with some tough climbs and manmade features. They don't call it Graham "Swamp" for nothing though, sugar sand when it's dry, and mud and standing water in sections after it rains. It would be really good if they rerouted some stuff to avoid the sand pits and low spots. Stick to the high section and make some rollers along the side of the hill instead of taking you straight down the hill into the bad soils. I thought it was a good park, overall, but could be better.

Similar Trail: Mala compra, Santos

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Peresite70 on September 30, 2012
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Review: Graham's MTB trail l would have to say is one hella fun trail system! And this trail is an upper intimidate trail, with good obstacles that makes this place not beginner friendly at all. There's a few rock obstacles l would say are advanced for sure. Would of never guessed there would be a trail like this on the east coast of Florida! So without a doubt if your in the area, try this little gem of a trail out, you won't be disappointed!

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swaterman13 on July 31, 2012
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Review: Great trail ride, especially if the conditions are right. Which means, you need a little rain to pack down some of the sugar sand, makes the uphill climbs tough. Lots of climbs and short downhills, few logs to jump, a few spots to pick up some speed. Also has a nature trail that crosses the bike trail in several spots; I use this trail with my 9 year old son, has a few elements but easy, helps get him started before we attack the second half of the bike trail. Haven't seen them yet, but rattlesnake sitings are common.

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supermaneon on July 18, 2012
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Review: I suppose after a nice solid rain storm the trail might be a bit better. The trail was filled with an extreme amount of sugar sand that slowed me and my buddy down everywhere. Downhills, and climbs all hindered by the sugar sand. I found myself walking up most of the climbs from about half way up, and the few drops within the park i found myself hitting the sugar sand at the very bottom and immediately pulling me off trail. I wish i lived closer i might try and ride it after a storm, but for now i can say im just glad i found Mala Compra (which is another local trail) or i might be a bit more disappointed i made the trip.

Similar Trail: Mala Compra

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Guest on November 20, 2012
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Review: I agree with this assessment of Graham Swamp. The guys have worked very hard to make this a nice trail and it is far better than it was a couple of years ago. They deserve big credit and thanks here! Lots of hard work and sweat. Its technical features are challenging and pretty fun but the sand just ruins it. I live right off of Colbert (1.5 miles from Graham Swamp) but I choose to drive to Mala Compra just a few miles north. Mala Compra is all hard packed fun single track with fun optional black features. Its Cloud 9 black run is quite challenging and fun. I just about always see deer out here while riding. Mala definitely has the edge on Graham Swamp in my opinion...and BTW don't forget about Chuck Lennon Park out in DeLeon Springs. Again, I do recognize all the hard work that was put into Graham Swamp so thank you guys.
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suppo165 on July 13, 2012
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Review: We hit it just right: the morning after a nice rain. The trail was in great shape, and just a blast. We could definitely see how dry weather could turn a great experience into a really bad one! Learned abut Mala Campra from a local, and I have to say that I now prefer it to Graham Swamp. Nevertheless, had a great time and I look forward to going back....but only if the weather is right!

Similar Trail: Mala Campra- "Cloud 9"

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Numb_Bum on April 9, 2012
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Review: Trail is riding great. We rode Easter morning and only saw one other rider all morning. We did a reverse lap since it was uncrowded and really enjoyed the feel of riding something "new". It was very reminiscent of the early years of Graham Swamp MTB Trail. There were a few sandy areas, to be expected here, did not have any problems with that since I run 2.55 tires. Trail is in great shape with worn sections receiving some much needed armoring, thanks Mickey, Mike and all!! Once we get some steady rains, the trail will be off the hook! Trail is a 5 when we have had some rain, and a 4 when it is dry. *EDIT* Trail Crew website: http://www.grahamswampmtb.com/Welcome.html

* Review edited 4/10/2012

Similar Trail: Mala Compra is close but not too similar. Graham was riding like a mix between Nayls and Vortex.

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Guest on April 7, 2012
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Review: So much sand. We had to walk half of it. The hills that have been made are nice. Definitely a ride after it rained. Trails are not maintained our clearly marked. Got turned around very easily.

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czechmate76 on April 3, 2012
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Review: WOW, well maintained, a bit sandy at times. Not for the beginner like myself, ended up going backwards, made someone a little irked. but it was awesome, can't wait to go back!!

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Marfin on March 2, 2012
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Review: Super fun and well maintained. Can't wait to return!

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BAUZ67 on February 28, 2012
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Review: Really good trail. Rode after two days of rain and it was perfect! I'm down from VA and this one is actually has enough ups and downs to challenge you. As said before there is a little of everything, would not recommend for beginners, all intermediate.

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rbrtsims5 on February 10, 2012
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Review: If a bmx track and a sandbox ever had a baby it would be Graham Swamp. Really exciting trail though very sandy in some places. The crew takes great care of this place though and has added to the jumps making this a terrific place to get an adrenaline fix.

Similar Trail: Mala Compra - Advanced portions

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MTBmick on February 6, 2012
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Review: Great trail! Different terrain around every turn. Everything from rock gardens , big jumps, tech sections. Best ride is after a good rain though for sure. Gets sandy when its dry out.

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hillary810 on January 23, 2012
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Review: Very flowy and turny with lots of option lines for small drops up to 3', as well as slow technical rock features. Finish off with an awesome wooden roll in to hone your tricks on a big table top.

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Robchase on January 9, 2012
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Review: This trail is incredibly exciting and full of fun surprises. I rode solo the other morning, but could see spending several hours with some buddies just playing with some of the great features here. Definitely a lot of sand to slow down the flow, but the climbs are fun, and the obstacles make up for it. Will definitely return asap.

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jeffrey_j on December 31, 2011
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Review: Best trail in north of I-4 BY FAR IMO. Been to San Felasco and Santos and this trail is overall more fun to me. Those are both great places to ride and put miles in, but Graham Swamp is more like a 6 mile BMX track on steroids! NOT the place to bring the wife for a mellow day of riding!

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Paragon1 on November 27, 2011
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Review: Lots of fun, well maintained with endless potential. The crew is constantly updating it, and theres something for every level of experience. Only downside is lots of soft sand that interrupt the flow a bit, but all in all its an intermediate 5 star.

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Screamin_Seaman on November 7, 2011
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Review: Rode the trail this past Sunday with a few of the locals and WHAT A BLAST IT WAS! Half of my reason for riding mountain bikes is to stay in shape... this trail is perfect for cardio and fun! There are some section with sand but that is part of the challenges of riding, right!? It flows better than a lot of other technical trails I have ridden. The big roll ins and jumps at the end are a total blast!!!!!!

Similar Trail: Santos/Ocala

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DoubleUp on November 6, 2011
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Review: Awesome trail. For a 6.5 mile trail, this is one of the best trails in Florida. Lot of fun stuff through out the whole trail, jumps, drops, rock garden and super cool. A little sandy at times, but after a rain this trail is the best!

* Review edited 11/6/2011

Similar Trail: Graham Swamp

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Wryfox on November 1, 2011
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Review: Should be called Sandy Swamp! 6ish mile trail with tons of sand..more than anything in the area. When not sand on trail, is thick with pine needles. Overall its a bit of a challenge, but only because of the soft ground. You will get a workout. There are some steep rocky climbs that can be learned. Scenery is ok and view of trail is quite good. No surprises except for the 20ft Big Drop at the very end. There should be a sign for this before you tumble down the slope like I did the first time. Managed to tame it after repeated attempts but it is intimidating even for intermediate riders.

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Cockefair on October 7, 2011
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Review: Awesome trail, tons of downhill with some super tech stuff and a nice rock garden section. I'll being riding here many times to come.

Similar Trail: Mala Compra and Chuck Lennon

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Felt620 on April 20, 2011
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Review: This was the first real mountain bike trail I had ridden and even though I thought I was in good shape it nearly beat me! I have since been riding here 1-2 times a week and love it! I have found the Swamp to be a great trail that allows you to continue challenging yourself each ride and has taught me the skills needed to ride any trail at Santos or Alafia. It does get a bit loose and sandy but if you're not up for a challenge then why ride? Overall, great ride, great workout, great trail!

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tyonkers on April 4, 2011
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Review: Great trail! The sand on the climbs could make this the toughest 6 miles in north Florida. There is a lot of up and down that you would not expect in Florida. This is one of my favorite trails. Trail is well maintained and loads of fun, great after some rainy days.

Similar Trail: Santos

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jake1 on March 24, 2011
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Review: I have rode this trail multiple times and it can be a little sandy at times there are some fast areas and some technical sections it is a good trail. Over all it is a good trail for a couple hour ride a lot of improvement for the better has taken place recently. Update: With the rain in the past couple of weeks the trail is very well packed Yesterday I had no problem with sand was very fast!! It also has a neew table top build over fallon log that rocks!!* Review edited 7/12/2011

* Review edited 7/12/2011

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sevendaysoff on December 19, 2010
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Review: wow this place was awesome. very versatile and really tests your endurance for the first few miles. climbs were brutal as the ground was a little loose but the trail was so fun it didnt matter. small stunt sections, good downhill lines, lots of jumps scattered throughout the entire 6 miles. all in all a great FL trail.

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fishboy4505 on December 8, 2010
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Review: just rode the swamp. i am a beginner mountain biker but grew up racing bmx. i loved this trail. you could choose the line for your skill level and is a fun trail. great little climbs and some nice downs hills and the course is maintained really well

Similar Trail: chuck lennon is similar but alot shorter

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ajwhited71 on November 23, 2010
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Review: Yesturday was the first time I road the Swamp and before going I had this idea that my skill level wouldn't be up for the Swamp. I couldn't be more wrong. This is a awesome trail. It has stuff for all skill level. I am going to ride it again today.

Similar Trail: Mala Compa

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kevprides on October 3, 2010
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Review: Just rode this trail for the second time which was much better than the first. There was so much sugar sand the first time that it was almost impossible to enjoy the ride. Waited for a good hard rain to pack the sand before my second ride which made it much better. It will work you out and test your skills. Only went over my handle bars once in some soft sand with big roots. About a 40 miles drive for me but I will be back to ride again and will hope it rains good first!

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Guest on May 23, 2010
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Review: The TH is just a very short drive down Colbert Lane from 100 and a bit more drive from Palm Coast Pkwy. This trail has something for everyone; short downhill drops, a few steep climbs, a few obstacles to climb over, small boulders to ride over, and lots and lots of sugar sand. Man, the last time I rode here, the sugar sand was not this bad. The trail rocks, but the sugar sand made it a very uncomfortable ride, especially on the climbs and turns/switchbacks. Crashed off one ledge due to the sugar sand and busted up my right shoulder again. Man was it hot out there as well. All in all, this is a great trail and offers so much, but the sugar sand was a total bummer for such a sweet trail.

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markcamaro88 on March 8, 2010
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Review: According to the map the entrance is off Colbert Lane. We went in by a park entrance on Old Kings Rd and didn't find anything more than a half mile loop around a pond! Evidently the side we went in on doesn't connect to the good part, or at least we never found it. I wish this page was around four years ago when I went =( .

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eastwood on February 21, 2010
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Review: What an awesome surprise!! Came down on vacation with my buddy and we did not expect the drops and elevations we found here. Great trails built by bikers, got to love that!!

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Mattgarrett on January 30, 2010
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Review: I ride this trail atleast 3 days a week. It is an awesome workout and is a great trail that is up kept by great people. I would not say that it is for the beginner or for anyone that is looking for a smooth flat ride. Because the swamp is very much the opposite. This trail is heavy with the up's and downs and thrives on massive amounts of switchbacks... you will be doing alot of 180's out here! It is afun ride and an even better workout

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IRONHEAD1 on December 26, 2009
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Review: Well I just purchased a new bike and I happen to live close to this trail. I was pleasantly suprized that florida had such nice trails. I have now been out there 3 times in the last week or so. it is quite challenging and I am quite happy I have full suspension to help with the roots and bumps. this trail has it all and will work you out good. if your in good shape you can run through it in about an hour but you will be tired out. many guys will do a couple laps around the trail. it is one of the best trails anywhere near us outside of ocala which is about an hour drive away.

Similar Trail: martins dairy road

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puglieseme on November 30, 2009
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Review: I am also biased as I ride this trail often. It may seem short at 6.5 miles but it is a great workout! It's got a little bit of everything - jumps, short steep descents/climbs, technical rocky sections, roots, wooden ladders, sandy sections. Excellent training terrain to test all your skills. The gnarly stuff can be avoided with the "approved" go-arounds. On occasion you can enjoy seeing an armadillo, turtle, or even a wild boar. As far as the sand goes.....the more you ride it, the more you get used to it. Why would anyone want this trail to be too easy to ride? Just make sure you have a sturdy bike and pedal hard so that you have enough momentum to carry you through the sand. After a good rain, the sandy sections are almost non-existent as the trail has the amazing ability to groom itself. Feel winded? That is the swamp doing its work! Now go home and feel good about yourself!

Similar Trail: I've only been back in FL 2 years and the trails have come and gone. Probably one of the trails in Gainesville (don't remember the name...)

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joetutt on November 29, 2009
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Review: This trail rocks! You have plenty of variety out here. Good rocky descents, nice climbs, several jumps, tight switchbacks, skinnies, you name it, you have it out here. The first half mile is pumped full of action. A few doubles, a couple nice drops, small tabletop, etc. This is an intermediate level trail and would be great for anyone who wants to get better and hone their skills. There are several technical areas which all have ride arounds for beginners. Some soft sand out here but really not that much, not as much as you might think and not enough to hurt the trail. The first few times riding may take an hour to complete maybe a bit more. After riding for a while it's a good 45 minute ride. The more you ride, the better it gets. Lots of fun! Major, major, props to the guys who work on this place. Always out there adding things or tightening things up. If you ride this trail, stop by the local bike shops to buy a Graham Swamp calendar ($10.00, or donate more) to help fund the work. If you're in the area put this on your ride list.

* Review edited 2/2/2010

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rpferry@comcast.net on October 23, 2009
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Review: This trail will work you out. Very decent jumps to start out then comes the problem the first mile you are either climbing sand or going down into sand. After you get past the first mile or so it actually becomes a pretty decent trail. I will swing by again for another work out. Who needs a stairclimber with trails like this.

Similar Trail: Thomson Trails Macon, GA

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auratone25 on March 30, 2009
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Review: I think this trail is awesome. It's 6 miles of jumps, hill climbs, logs, rock sections and a lot of twisting and turning. All obstacles can be avoided if you choose. I hear some people don't like how sandy it is in sections. All in all it's a great workout and some things out there will make you think twice before hitting them. If you can't take a little sand. Come out after a good rain. * Review edited 3/30/2009

* Review edited 7/3/2009

Similar Trail: Santos -

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Guest on August 13, 2008
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Review: This trail has something for everyone; short downhill drops, steep climbs, a few obstacles to climb over, small boulders to ride over, sugar sand, and of course mud. Not a bad place to ride, but much better when it is dryer. A real good workout!

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

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bluemistic on April 28, 2008
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Review: LOTS OF SAND!!! Somre pretty steep climbs, IN SAND. Had to push the bikes up alot of the climbs. Nice elevation changes and some decent downhills. Would be a lot better if it wasn't for all the SAND!!!

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jalford32765 on September 3, 2007
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Review: The trail is short only 6.5 miles. But this trail has it all, short downhill drops, steep climbs, a few obsticales to climb over, and rocks to ride over. This trail is a lot of fun. When dry it may have a lot of loose sand spots.

Similar Trail: Alifia State Park

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Numb_Bum on January 10, 2007
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Review: I am somewhat biased as my friends and I have been working on this trail for the last 4+ years. The trail is currently running 6.35 miles of tasty goodness, but that was not always the case. Half of the trail was lost in early 2006 due to some timber harvesting. Then to compound the devastating trail loss, we had one of the worst droughts in recent history. So needless to say, there was a lot of sugar sand. However, the torn up sections have been rerouted and are now finally getting packed from rain and usage. In my opinion the trail is better than ever and makes better use of the topography than it did before the reroute. With permission from Flagler County Parks and Recreation as well as St. Johns River Water Management District we have made the trail into one continuous loop that meanders through hilly upland forest that is on the edge of Graham Swamp. There are many downhill to uphill sections where speed is the key, especially in the summer. To go with the fun hills there are several technical rock sections as well as a challenging ground level skinny-to-rock-to-skinny section named "T-Rex". At all of the trail challenges, there are ride-arounds. I would rate this trail as an intermediate level trail that will give you a good indication of you fitness level. If you can ride this trail comfortably with minimal dabs, then you should have no problem tackling the Vortex Loop at Santos or Hardrock with their eternally packed surfaces. Trail signage is coming soon as well as a possible kiosk with map and directions. Please ignore the red and blue paint blazes littered throughout the trail; some crazy person keeps painting out there. The official trail markings will be on sign posts. Come on out and give this trail a go while the Florida riding season is in full swing. Once summer hits, this trail can be brutal. Recommended route: Head south from parking lot to trail access point on south fence where the bike sign is. The trail will meander around clockwise and dump you back into the north side of the parking lot.

* Review edited 1/10/2007

Similar Trail: Santos & Razorback (better trail surface), Martin Dairy in New Smyrna (smaller hills)

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Douglas on September 3, 2006
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Review: Great Workout. Tough climbs. Some technical parts in middle of the trail and some fast riding also. Sandy when in the dry season. Watch out for the boar and alligators. Remember you are in a swamp.

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muddog15 on May 6, 2006
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Review: I won't be going back to this trail anytime soon my son agrees. Almost all of the trail is soft sugar sand and off camber, and covered with pine straw and leaves or both. I had to hike most of the trail and I have been rideing for 25 years. If I had hikeing boots and my staffs I would have enjoyed this trail a lot more than rideing it. Decents and acents were impossible to negotiate because of all of the 6 inch deep sugar sand. I went over the handle bars on the first decent because of the soft sand. The first 3 or 4 miles of the trail goes through a partialy clear cut area that is not easy on the eyes or the rider & bike. I got a little easier on the backside of the loop and a lot more senic. I couldn't wait untill this ride was over. This trail would be fine for a strenous hike.

Similar Trail: NONE similar that I know of. Hanna Park in Mayport/Jacksonville Florida is the best in N.E. Florida.

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tcs on April 30, 2004
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Review: This is probably the best riding in the Volusia-Flagler area, not a huge area but enough to get 4-5 miles in one pass of the "loop". Whoever laid out the trails did a great job cramming in an additional mile or so with all the extra switchbacks & curves, and the unusual terrain is definitely taken advantage of. There are hills here, Florida hills, but more than you might expect to see this close to the beach. A big bonus is that there is very little of the sugar sand that you normally find around here, since these trails are actually on some hills that are completely covered with trees (this means LOTS of leaves/pineneedles covering the ground). These hills also seem to have once been the site of some major coquina quarrying of some sort, so many places actually have very rocky ground. Because some very determined people have put in a lot of time making these trails, you get a good workout over a nice variety of terrain. There are a few spots where you can tell riders have "improved" the area to work on some more technical riding, and if you want some pretty big downhill jumps you don't have to go far from the parking lot. If you live anywhere within an hour or so, do yourself a favor and at least check this place out once. I'd say that regulars at the New Smyrna trails should even give this place a try, I've ridden both place and it's hard to say, but I think Grahm's Swamp get's my vote as the better riding experience. Beware of the wildlife, I've almost stepped on a rattlesnake out here. Recently there has been some paintball activity on the weekends, so look out for them too!

Similar Trail: New Smyrna (Spruce Creek/Martin's Dairy Rd.)

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Graham Swamp MTB Trail 4.14 out of 5 based on 58 ratings. 58 user reviews.
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