Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

3.80 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
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Trail Description
About this trail
The MTB trails are on the NW end of the Sanctuary, right across from the Turkey Creek "Ho Chi Minh" MTB trail. There are lots of bridges, switchbacks, tight turns, a few jumps (nothing spectacular), and some great scenery. If you get on the horse trails, you will find a lot of sugar sand. A great wrorkout that you can get some speed on. --

Future home of the South Region Management and Education Center, the variety of habitats found on the 395-acre Malabar Scrub Sanctuary make it an ideal place for visitors to learn how wetland and upland communities interact. The protected habitats include xeric (dry) hammock, scrub, scrubby flatwoods, pine flatwoods, sand pine scrub, ponds, sloughs, and depression marshes. Trails weave through many of these natural communities, including several areas recently treated with prescribed fires. Fire is a natural factor in many of Florida’s ecosystems, and hikers will be amazed at the lush, green regrowth in areas that were burned only a short time ago. The sanctuary is a refuge for the Florida scrub-jay, gopher tortoise, and Eastern indigo snake. All these species benefit from controlled burns. Restrooms are available at the adjacent Malabar Community Park.
Size: 395 acres
added by Guest August 23, 2008
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (18)

September 9, 2014
Review: I ride this trail along with Turkey Creek and the Cameron Wildlife Preserve trails three to four times a week. They all run together. They aren't the greatest trails around but are not bad for the area. While not technical due to elevation and geographic features the roots will challenge your bike handling ability. We do group rides at and have a weekly ride here on Monday evenings

Similar Trail: Cameron, Turkey Creek

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June 19, 2014
Review: Malabar Scrub West is more complex and varied than Malabar East... and much more fun. So my review is really for West. Some tight jungle like areas, open scrub pine and palmetto areas (watch the palmetto roots often hidden by vegetation, they can take you down). There are also some bridges across creeks and wetland areas plus a few log hops / ramps. Fun stuff. Gets really tight in places, so get used to riding thru outreaching palmetto branches and various bushes, but nothing that bad and kind of adds to the experience.

The Malabar East loop is really kind of non-nondescript... flat and sandy for the most part. I would rate it a 2. But West is great. A real Florida trail ride experience.

You can make a great morning by riding all the trails there together... Turkey Creek, Malabar West, Cameron Preserve, and Malabar East. Sand really isn't an issue overall... Malabar East seems to have most of it.

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November 2, 2013
Review: Malabar Scrub Sanctuary is just 1 trail section of the Turkey Creek Sanctuary/Cameron Wildlife Preserve/Malabar Scrub trail network. It, in itself, is ~4-6 miles (the full network of trails is ~10 miles) and is comprised of multiple trails. I absolutely love this trail system. It's well maintained, great cardio exercise, and is fun to ride. I ride the whole trail system (~10 miles) multiple times a week during the season!

Similar Trail: Cameron Wildlife Preserve and Turkey Creek Sanctuary

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April 19, 2013
Review: The last year has been great seeing the new trails come in. The land managers have finally seen the value of quality trails. Keep up the good work.

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March 3, 2013
Review: I have been riding these trails a lot the last couple months and each week the sand areas are getting larger, deeper and more frequent. Both here and across the street at Turkey Creek the sand is getting worse and worse. The blue trail has the least amount but on the red and yellow it's almost not worth it anymore. Just a warning to anyone who hasn't been here in a while. There are still some fun sections but you're going to get into sand if you are wanting to ride the entire area.

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February 28, 2013
Review: Haven't been back here since last March, but what a change! New trail everywhere! I did 14 miles and don't think I covered it all. Some is brand new so a little slower at times but if you dig florida scrub and wildlife, and really want to feel like your out in the middle of nature, this is for you. Started at Turkey Creek as last time and zipped 50ft across road to get to Malabar Scrub. Easy to do both. It's all basically beginner unless you have a hard time with sand, which is extensive throughout. Great workout.

Similar Trail: Spruce Creek

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December 5, 2012
Review: Many great improvements to the Malabar Scrub Sanctuary, Cameron Preserve and Turkey Creek Sanctuary MTB Trails in the last 6 months or so. There is a big group ride every 2nd Saturday of the month starting at the Malabar Park next to the Malabar Fire Rescue off of Malabar Road. Three different, moderate and slow pace groups. An awesome event sponsored by BMBA (Brevard Mountain Biking Association), Bob's Bicycle Shop & E.E.L.(Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program). Lots of new trail cut, old trail cleaned up, and many new bridges, creek crossings, and still a few log piles as well. Lots of fun to be had in these rides. As usual, water and gateraid are provided at two points of the ride.

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May 29, 2012
Review: Hahahaha....Wryfox reviews this trail...."In fact, the map for Malabar includes Turkey Creek in its route and mileage. Both are shorter than advertised on this site. Actual length of singletrack is 3.5 miles."....That is so incorrect, as I spent the whole day out there mapping it on a Garmin mapping system. Malabar Scrub & Turkey Creek are totally two different trail systems that are separated by one road indeed, but are not mapped together by no means as Wryfoc so stated. Not sure where Wryfox acquired his/her info, but it is incorrect by far and needed to be stated here of his/her error.

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March 3, 2012
Review: Drove down from Daytona to check out the area. Tried this trail and Turkey Creek, which are basically a contiguous trail separated by a residential road. In fact, the map for Malabar includes Turkey Creek in its route and mileage. Both are shorter than advertised on this site. Actual length of singletrack is 3.5 miles. Its wide open for most of it so sun gets hot. Lots of scrub and brambles. Got two flats, but shame on me for running race tires. Fun little trail for what it is. No elevation to speak of, just a ride through the woods with some roots and bushes. This is Florida so there is substantial sand on trail. Would rate this a beginner trail, not intermediate. Supplement: Beware the red trail is bidirectional, even though it is singletrack. Look out for oncoming riders!

* Review edited 3/5/2012

Similar Trail: Spruce Creek in Port Orange

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January 31, 2011
Review: Rode here and Turkey Creek on Saturday. Good, fun ride and good exercise but check this out: got to the very end of the blue trail and only THEN did I get a flat. Had to walk the bike the 2+ miles back out. Took the bike to Infinity Bike Shop in Melbourne (GREAT shop!), got a new, thorn resistant tube and headed back to the trails to finish what I started. Great ride, great day, great weekend (ran the Warrior Dash on Sunday in Lake Wales too!).

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Malabar Scrub Sanctuary MTB Trail 3.80 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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