Graham Swamp

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.15 out of 5
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Intermediate
7
miles

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
8
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
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.
added by Guest March 8, 2004
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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January 15, 2015
 
Review: Great trail with lots of climbs and nice drops. Good flowing trail and scenery. intermediate to advance riding. some sandy sections overall not bad .Will definitely go again

Similar Trail: chuck lennon

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December 4, 2014
 
Review: Went a day after it rained and found the trail to be fast with a lot of flow. Still a lot of roots but that's almost everywhere in FL. Trail builders did a great job maximizing what the terrain has to offer. Lots of short climbs and some big drops with roots and rock obstacles along the way. Overall a fun trail nothing like it in FL that I have been to. Hope they keep improving the trail and add more mileage.

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July 2, 2014
 
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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May 20, 2014
 
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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March 20, 2014
 
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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February 9, 2014
 
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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January 9, 2014
 
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.

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January 8, 2014
 
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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June 13, 2013
 
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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June 13, 2013
 
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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May 24, 2013
 
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Graham Swamp MTB Trail 4.15 out of 5 based on 60 ratings. 60 user reviews.
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