Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

   
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10
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 200 ft
7.8
avg mph
32
ridden
11
wishlist
2:32
avg time

Network
AVERAGE RATING
3.86 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on August 23, 2008
 
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
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Trail Kicker on June 19, 2014
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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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TrickkyGangsta on November 2, 2013
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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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dangerousdan on April 19, 2013
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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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Pian_Oirier on March 3, 2013
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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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Guest on February 28, 2013
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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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Guest on December 5, 2012
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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 groups.....fast, 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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Bonsai-CP on May 29, 2012
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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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Wryfox on March 3, 2012
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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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ktmillerfla on January 31, 2011
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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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Guest on August 5, 2010
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Review: Rode here the other day with family and a friend. Had fun, flowed descent as always, but as always, lots of sugar sand and tight singletrack. As always, its hot ou there, so bring plenty of water in the summer months. If you grow tired of the off-road trails, then just jump on the paved trail.

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dustinfleming on July 12, 2009
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Review: My girlfriend and I wanted to go on a bike ride and i decided we should go through some trails. We found this by googling bike trails and are really happy. We got a great workout in and saw some pretty sights and animals including: tortoises, rabbits, foxes, alligators, and of course squirrels. I highly reccomend these trails to anyone who wants to just go out and have some fun while getting a great workout.

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Guest on November 5, 2008
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Review: Rode the full loop this morning while GPS mapping the full MTB trail loop. All the trees that were down on various sections of the MTB trail loop have been cleared/ A little tight with the brush, but all in all still a great workout on the MTB trails and on the paved traila s well running from Port Malabar Rd. to Malabar Rd..

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Guest on October 15, 2008
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Review: UPDATE: It has been re-opened to ride. All the trails have been cleared except for a few trees to go under or climb over, but in general it is mainly cleared and ready to ride once more. Rode it this morning and the trails are dry with a few further back are still a little wet and obly a handful of the non-MTB trails (horse & hiking trails) are still submerged under water.

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Guest on October 2, 2008
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Review: The MTB trails are temporary CLOSED due to trail development. Half the trails have downed tree's still, so it will be CLOSED until they are cleared and all safety concerns are removed/fixed. I will update when progress is made.

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Guest on September 18, 2008
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Review: Rode here yesterday and today and one of the NW trails is closed due to downed trees (EEL is working on it). Main MTB trail is clear and still fun, and the SW trail is has a couple downed trees, but easily passable, and lots of log bridges. The SW trail needs to be opened/cleared a little more, kinda tight with the shrub/bushes. The main NW to NE trail has almost been cleared of downed trees, only a couple remain, but needs to be cleared of the shrub/bushes, as it is very tight.

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Guest on August 24, 2008
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Review: Rode here today, dry but a whole lot of downed tree's from TS Fay. Thanks TS Fay! Anyone want to do some trail work?

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Guest on August 23, 2008
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Review: I go riding here and at the "Ho Chi Minh" MTB trail just about every weekend and sometimes on the weekdays. There are some nice bridges, switchbacks, tight turns, and a few jumps (nothing spectacular).

Similar Trail: Turkey Creek "Ho Chi Minh" trail

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Malabar Scrub Sanctuary MTB Trail 3.86 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. 17 user reviews.
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