May 16, 2016
I have been riding on and off for 25 years, a lot of that off, and jumped back in with my family about 2 years ago. Markham is our "home trail," as we live nearby. Having now traveled to bike at some top spots in the southeast and throughout Florida I can offer this review.
Markham is packed into a County park in suburban Broward county, on the edge of the Everglades. With a population of several million in Broward alone, this place can get quite crowded, you have to plan around that. It is also not particularly long.
But this place will offer you all you can handle. From beginner to advanced, it has something for you. My little crew of friendly riders noted it takes us as long to ride 4 miles at Markham as it does to ride far more other places, and that's because it challenges the hell out of you. A friend who has ridden all over North America says "if you can ride Markham you can ride just about anything." I tend to agree. There are so many roots, rocks, quick ups and quick downs that are very steep over 2-20' of elevation.
Once you are riding everything at Markham you can handle most anything elsewhere. This is a great place to challenge yourself and build skills, and the riding community is generally very communal. Glad to have it in the back yard (figuratively speaking) and always love when they reverse the course for races!