Markham Park

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About This Trail
added by stripes Trailblazer on December 31, 2002
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There's approximately 10 miles if you follow all the trails available. Conditions vary depending on which portion of the trail you're on. What you're actually riding on is the fill left from when they originally dug the lakes in the park, so conditions go from rocky in some areas to hard packed sand in the forested areas. For the majority though I'd say the trails are nicely packed sand. About the only warning I can give is that unless you enjoy swimming your bike through gigantic puddles, avoid the park after a good rainstorm. The lakes have a tendancy of overflowing into the trails when it storms.
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ChrisFarker on December 13, 2014
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Review: this is one of the best trails ive ever ridden on

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cvano003 on November 14, 2014
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Review: Went for the first time last week and it was pretty awesome! Lots of speed and cool bridges. The only trail that gave me issues was gun range, that trail was tough! I also thought it was a little too rough. Too many roots and rocks. Lastly, I wanted to do the jump section there but couldn't find it! it's either hidden from non-locals or they shut it down.There was only one decent jump in the whole park.

Similar Trail: Amelia

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dranilome on August 16, 2014
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Review: Volunteer operated trail. Great job by the way! The intermediate and expert trails consist of roots, rocks, climbs descents, and for me the highlight was that long twisty bridge. You will be challenged, and you will have fun. Hats off to all volunteers, I will surely return! Eric M

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gatorbait320 on July 3, 2014
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Review: As everyone says, great trail system for SoFla. The trails are incredibly well maintained and within a park that can keep all kinds of people entertained (road biking, grilling, dog parks, gun range, etc).

However, if you live in North Florida and are deciding whether to drive into North GA or down to Markham, I recommend heading to the mountains, as these trails aren't too different from Santos or Alafia. Still, they are super awesome, but not very different from what Santos or Alafia have to offer, in terms of technicality and wooden features. Don't take this as a negative review, just not worth driving 5 hours south from N FL, when you could drive 5 hours north.

Similar Trail: Santos

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duddetts11 on June 27, 2014
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Review: Incredible trail system. Very well signed, easy to follow. Trail ratings (novice through double black diamond) are a true representation of trail difficulty/risk. Great mix of swooping, bermed singletrack, fast whooshing pine needle passages, and awesomely constructed bridges, ramps, and gnarly descents. Great trail!!!

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CyberBomb on May 27, 2014
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Review: Pure fun. The best spot to hit. enough obstacles for you to enjoy. This is the place to be in S. Florida

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pico26 on May 26, 2014
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Review: top notch for South Florida. 12 miles give or take & the toughest to conquer. a must ride! Expert/Advanced = Happy rider
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Uberjody on March 25, 2014
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Review: Riders from other states just can't imagine we have MTB trails this good in Florida. And we can ride them all year.

Similar Trail: santos vortex

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fstrazar on March 26, 2014
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Review: Looking forward to riding here again, this weekend or next week. I miss it there! It's been a few years cuz I live in CT. I'm visiting from 3/29 to 4/4 and hope to ride Oleta and Amelia Erhard. Any suggestions on where to rent a bike? Anyone riding here next week? It's always great to ride with the locals!
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JBX on February 17, 2014
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Review: great trail for Florida, I rode and raced there in the 90s, would love to try it again

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mike_d_1583 on February 2, 2014
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Review: Great system that's well maintained. Includes a small pump track and warm up loops. Has a freeride section with huge drops and a big wall ride. It's a bike only trail so you won't run into hikers or dogs. Best trail in south Florida, technical and rocky. Easily get flats though, so bring extra tubes. Also has a bike wash station and plenty of parking. But it's $1 on weekends and holidays.

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pototo on January 12, 2014
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Review: great trails super fun, trails are clean and well take care. you will love this park i give top rating in my list.

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Calebmmallory on January 5, 2014
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Review: Best trail system in South Florida

Similar Trail: Amelia Earhart

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Calebmmallory on January 5, 2014
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Review: Great trail system for Florida and arguably the best in South Florida. Ridden every trail a dozen times over exce

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darb on December 11, 2013
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Review: Best park in South Florida!!! Trails are challenging and technical. Good amount of climbs and descents. If you can clean this park you can ride just about anything.

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Steelman on November 25, 2013
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Review: Great local trail system. Has everything from intermediate to advanced trails. The trail maintenance volunteers keep adding new features which makes it fun to keep coming back to see what they have done. Don`t miss these trails if your visiting South Florida. The best around.

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bmxbum76 on July 28, 2013
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Review: This is my go to trail system when I am visiting my parents down south. The park itself is beautiful with tons of stuff to do. The trails at this park though are what makes it. You have everything from beginner loops to double black and everything in between. You gotta look out though because like others have mentioned the marking system is a little hard to follow and you could get switched up real easily. Great drops, nice size jumps, and some quick berms make this a great place to spend a couple hours and put yourself to the test.

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lawmanfl on July 20, 2013
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Review: A great range on single track from beginner to pro-don't try it. From the warm up trail to Gun Range it's got everything from fast down hills to technical rocks and switchbacks. Climbs will smoke you and overall it is a great track. There are periods of time that the South Florida weather with up-pace maintenance, but the crew is all volunteer. unfortunately the park fee and course fee goes to the County fund and not specific to the track repairs. anyone that wants to ride, this is my home track and be more than happy to log the miles with you.

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facebookmtbriding on July 8, 2013
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Review: Markham park located in Broward, Florida has always provided a very technical trail to Floridians. Though in the past years it has been smoothed out and manicured it has not lost its essence. Some of the additions such as the berms have added a nice flow. Expect to find everything here.

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sirozzie on June 23, 2013
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Review: I went to markham today didn't like the trails the signage on the trails are bad the trails upkeep was terrible the trails need major up keep not worth the 5.50 they charge daily to ride.

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sirozzie on May 21, 2013
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Review: If u like rough trails then this is the park for u .not recommeded for beginners .be padded up to avoid injury. If u love challenge riding then this park has your name on it .want to test your riding skills then come to markham.be safe and ride safe.

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jlopez423 on March 30, 2013
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Review: Great park, trails for every skill level and always evolving!!

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Terrier on March 5, 2013
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Review: I,m glad I finally came here. I just moved from Georgia and Blankets Creek was my home trail. Markham Park put a smile on my face. Awesome bridgework and this trail has been recently groomed. It has nice banked curves and some good rock gardens. This will be a regular ride for me.

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juanmb30 on January 5, 2013
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Review: Today for first time I met this park after having heard many comments. At first I was very careful and was not enjoying the ride, but then I relaxed and really the result was a very good bike ride. The park has all sorts of obstacles and difficulties, many ups and downs, roots and rocks. Definitely one of the best parks I have ridden so far

Similar Trail: Oletta, Balm Boyette

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pbike-boy on November 4, 2012
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Review: This park is super technical and definitely the hardest park in south florida. Alligator alley is an awesome trail and the shooting range is super advanced. I highly recommend this park for intermediate to advanced riders. also the pump track is sweet.

Similar Trail: santos and alafia.

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mindthegap on October 29, 2012
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Review: Great series of trails good for intermediate to advanced riders. Not really friendly to beginners. My fiance is a new rider and struggles there. Awesome free-ride area only second to santos in ocala. The trail maintenance crews work hard on all the trails and recently have been putting time into the free-ride area as well which is great. Good trail head with bike wash area that could use some work/expansion. Great newly renovated pump track at the trail head that last for a little until people who dont understand the concept of a pump track get on it and run it down with their brakes. Nothing really compares in S. Fl if your an aggressive rider.

Similar Trail: santos, ocala

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AJF757 on August 28, 2012
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Review: The best in Florida. The trail diversity is great. Some really hard trails and easy ones for fun. Great place to spend a day riding with the friends. Seeing rc planes fly over you is awesome. Once your done riding you an go watch the planes.

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Jbrunetti on July 25, 2012
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Review: The new Iguana Ridge Trail is short and has a nice drop. Lots of lose rocks throughout, and wash outs are easy here. Coral rock hurts and make boo-boos!! The heat makes this trail system and others in South Florida challenging.

Similar Trail: Oleta State Park

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sebastien on June 11, 2012
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Review: The best(in south florida). Has trails for newbies and advanced riders. Also has a freeride section in the back. MUST check it out!

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Similar Trail: Amelia Earhart

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MysticKJ on April 17, 2012
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Review: Very nice park. Has quite a few fun elevation changes with steep drops and climbs with and without roots. This park is geared a little towards intermediate and advanced riders. Probably the most advanced trail system in South Florida.

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reedfe on March 22, 2012
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Review: This trail was just great. You could choose from different trails ranging from coasting doubletrack to some very technical or fast singletrack. Be careful if you go in the rain because the trail makes more of a muck rather than mud and you slip around A LOT. Very highly recommended trail and the best one I've ridden so far (well excluding Santos). If you've ridden Santos, the trail setup is pretty similar. ------------- Edited July 1st 2012 ------------- I went back for round two after a crash left me less than satisfied. The new Iguana Ridge trail is awesome! Route 66 was closed however ;( Some of the trail setups or direction were changed but the Volunteers are doing a fantastic job! I'll be joining you guys next month. I highly recomend it because it has some elevation change in it as it was built on the old fill from the lakes around it. Moderate to high shade but the heat still kicked my butt. Bring lots of water and maybe apply some bug repellent. I got lots of mosquitoes on alligator alley but everywhere else was fine. * Review edited 7/1/2012

* Review edited 7/1/2012

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flavORich on March 17, 2012
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Review: Great,fun trail, intermediate, black diamond, are all fun and not to hard. Lots of drops and bridges.

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sean_toffey on January 22, 2012
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Review: Great track, especially for south florida. Plenty of trails to keep from getting bored. Some climbs, nice quick decents, technical sections. Plenty of bridges, and most importantly shade. Highly recommended trail.

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mikejoones on January 20, 2012
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Review: Great trails

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dingdangit on December 18, 2011
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Review: Rode 26 miles there today and the trails are in best shape I have ever seen ! Can't wait to go back and ride again...

* Review edited 12/19/2011

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thumper07 on December 5, 2011
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Review: Hardest park in SF. love it!

Similar Trail: My average speed at this park is 9.6. It's fast and fun with lots of steep climbs and drops. There are no other parks like it down here so I can't recommend anything similar.

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delphinide on November 16, 2011
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Review: Rode this 2 weeks ago before the race. Wet, but well maintained. LOTS of fun. Classic Florida scrub preserve with manmade features, techy drops, and quick turns. A great ride. FYI...you need to go to the office to get a pass and sign a waiver before you ride (15 minutes..bummer).

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carlitosway on October 31, 2011
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Review: This is my back yard. Very well done. I ride here weekly. well maintained. Only problem is the rain. I recommend to everybody that loved jumping ramps.

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LowkeyOne on September 19, 2011
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Review: My personal favorite trail in south florida. the most challenging, steep, technical terrain, but the dirt sucks after rain. compared to the other parks down here at least. i will recommend, however, stick to a full suspension 26er if you want to enjoy the trails from start to finish. some sections lean toward aggressive trailing than cross-country. if you decide to run an xc bike though, use a shorter stem than your used to! * Review edited 9/19/2011

* Review edited 9/19/2011

Similar Trail: Bear Mountain.

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darioponce on July 31, 2011
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Review: Awesome! Riding at 97F in the trails, 100F in the open areas and 107F at the parking lot, the Sunshine State at its best in summer time. Worth the trip, intermediate trails look like advanced to me and advance trails are incredible. Double red diamonds are to much for 40 yr. olds and there are plenty of those. If you are coming to Florida, bring your bike and ride Markham!

Similar Trail: Alafia

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G8rbiker on July 23, 2011
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Review: Wow! '29erRider' must've BIFFED a few times while not paying attention?!?! Markham is no more "dangerous" than Santos or Alifia or Oleta. It has a wide range of trail difficulty, and I think can be fun for just about any skill level. The Gun Range trail needs to be avoided if you cannot control your bike, that is for sure. But JetSki and Route66 and Outback and Redback and Lost Ring and others are just a LOT OF FUN if you have some skills.

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roloenweston on June 30, 2011
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Review: This is a great park that offers trails for every level. Contrary to a comment about "no-maintenance", this park get's monthly volunteers who are constantly maintaining and building new trail features. Signs are large and indicate level of difficulty and therefore they are only dangerous when a rider ignores them and forgets common sense practices.

Similar Trail: Alafia, Oletta, Amilia

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pat329 on June 21, 2011
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Review: Markham isn't very dangerous. There's a bunch of intermediate and beginner trails. The expert and pro trails a really fun and a good challenge. It's only dangerous if you do stupid things out there.

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29erRider on April 8, 2011
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Review: Markham is a dangerous trail. Do not bring any beginners or kids to this trail. Massive erosion that needs filling, boards sticking up in many places, large sharp rocks that stick out because of erosion everywhere. This could be a great trail, but the maintanence is poor. The overgrowth from the weeds is in your face in too many places. I saw bike patrol people, but I don't think there's a maintanence group that takes care of trails there. Climbs and drops are way too steep to survive Florida rains, and it shows! Get an IMBA handbook on trail-building, this place has potential! Some sections are still very fun, but a few bad spots really mess up the experience.

Similar Trail: Amelia

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rich67 on April 5, 2011
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Review: Fun, fun FUN! Went out and rode this twice the other day because it's an absolute blast. Went with my girlfriend, so we stuck to primarily the intermediate trails, with one or two black diamonds in there for good measure. Some sweet features like bridges and log jumps made it fun as heck. Trails flowed very nicely, and you could really open it up if you wanted to. Since this was my first time here, they had me watch a mandatory "safety briefing", which was a little comical, but it gave you a good idea of what kinds of trails and challenges were out there before you headed out. Bike wash, shade trees, picnic benches...I could have stayed there all weekend long.

Similar Trail: Santos, Boyette Scrub Preserve

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conradtrekex5 on January 25, 2011
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Review: Great trail for Florida, I ride it every weekday morning and some weekends love it. theres a new jump mid trail I think on Lost ring trail which is fun. oh and grumpy I know for a fact that many people that ride there have been to other states its Florida dude and its super fun for a place with no mountains.

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Exiztenz21 on January 24, 2011
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Review: Great trail, finally got to ride markham, i underestimated this trail, hard n extremely hard, but great work out, very technical, n u can over pass things you can't ride, it has eveything for everyone, very clean, i saw two bike patrols riding making sure everyone was ok, great park and awesome mtb trail, oh first riders need to register in the front desk n they make u watch a stupid but informal video (wack)

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Jamispro on January 12, 2011
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Review: This by far is one of the best trails in South FLA. If you fall your DONE, but a fun & techinal trail to ride.

Similar Trail: Oleta

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mpstarr on January 10, 2011
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Review: This is a great trail network in South Florida. I visited the area on business from cenral PA; none of the 500-800 ft accents I am accustomed too but technically a fun ride. I rode my 26" ridged single speed on all the trails except for the most severe freestyle drops. My girl friend rode a $50.00 POS we picked up on craiglist which survived the double diamond trails. (I think it is an old Mongoose, the red spray paint covered the true identity) Otherwise, a testiment to her riding skills and a ridiculously heavy old school frame and steel rims... I am looking forward to more weekends at this park while I am in South Florida.

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ktmillerfla on January 10, 2011
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Review: Holy crap - I'd always heard about Markham and I just didn't know how serious it is: I now understand. Rode Markham on Saturday with my brother in law and had a blast. Actually came out with some war wounds from tackling a tree due to a poor exit from a hill on my 1st trail of the day. I can't wait to go back!

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Guest on December 31, 2010
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Review: Definitely all hands down the best trail in S. FL by far. Spent the last 4 days here and my son and I ripped it all up. We could not get enough of the red & black diamond trails, but the skills area where all the ledge drops, wall ride, and gap jumps was the ticket and it was sick. If you want to have a blast and especially love technical riding, this is the ticket here at Markham. Campground was real cool and lots to do in the park in general.

Similar Trail: Oleta, Amelia, Quite Waters, CB, Alafia, Balm Boyette, Carter, and Santos

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Nkevin90 on December 18, 2010
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Review: Best trail in South Florida, hands down! Check out this vid that a friend and I made just recently! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPEF72qT29g

Similar Trail: Tom Brown Park, Tallahassee, FL (though it's a LOT smoother and has tons more flow)

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mfattah on December 3, 2010
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Review: great trail good up & down, expert level stuff,

Similar Trail: Oleta St. Park

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dustyg314 on November 28, 2010
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Review: Hey Grumpy!Go back to those other trails you love so much please. I am from North West Georgia and yes I have also ridden other trails that might be "better" But for South Florida this Trail is as good as it gets and I would bet you that this trail is better mantained the the others you speak of and you will not find a better group of people than you meet on these trails. Love this place and proud of it!

* Review edited 11/28/2010

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petert on August 23, 2010
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Review: Sorry Grummpy - its the best we have down here. I like the trail Route 66 - length wise its a decent run and a good workout. Overall the park is a good ride. One complaint - I do not like wooden bridges - wooden cross walks - logs .. etc. Its just me, Rain - Wet wood - Wet Tires. So I avoid those trails for the most part. Again that's just me. I very much enjoy this park and look forward to my at least once a week ride there. Road trip next month - I will take your advice and try Santos next month. In the mean time, thanks to all of the people who make Markham happen - its all volunteer work - thanks, Suggestion for improvement, more longer and harder intermediate trails.

Similar Trail: Oleta - it has some good trails as well

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Grumpy_Cyclist on July 19, 2010
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Review: To rank this trail at the same level as the great trails in the USA is insulting to those places. I'm assuming that all of the reviewers are locals that have never been out of South Florida. The thought that this trail is at the level of Tsali, Dupont Forest or Moab is absurd. This trail isn't anywhere close to that class. In fact it's not even in the top Florida trails. Santos makes this place look like romper room, San Felesco has 40+ miles of trails and Tom Brown park in addition to having some great technical features also has some nice hills and scenery. Markham Park is a very small park, with very limited trails, a total elevation gain of about 5 feet built in mosquito infested swampland. I feel bad for the riders in S. Fla if this represents the best they have.

Similar Trail: Santos Trails Ocala, Tom Brown Park Tallahassee, San Felesco in Gainesville, Alafia in Tampa are all much much better rides.

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sun79rise on July 3, 2010
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Review: It has been almost a year, but I really enjoyed this ride. I was one of the few girls out there. It is pretty advanced but you can choose the lesser of two evils usually. BRING BUG SPRAY!!! I got a flat at the very end and had to walk back. Nice facility with a bike wash station. Great Ride!!!

Similar Trail: Ft. Pierce

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nir4040 on December 31, 2009
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Review: Great trail, getting better with time. It's hard to be a mountain biker when you live in South Florida but the group of good people (club mud) who take care of this trail make up for it with unbelievable bridges, drops and short climbs that they hand build! You guys rock! Unlike what is written in the title the single trail is less than 8 miles but these are all sweet.* Review edited 12/31/2009

* Review edited 12/31/2009

Similar Trail: Alafia

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foxrider71 on December 15, 2009
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Review: As always, an excellent trail system. 8.5 miles of great singletrack. Very nice technical sections (short but difficult climbs and downhills, bridges, skinnies, rock gardens, etc.). Now even better: The Outback trail has two new sections. There's a new novice trail at the west side. They're also building a new pump track. The freeride area is great. There's something for everyone. Best in South Florida.

Similar Trail: Oleta River and Amelia Earhart in Miami.

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GoKite5 on November 24, 2009
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Review: This is a Florida trail, but fairly technical with excessive rocks and short steep climbs and drops. I love an All Mountain bike on this trail. Fairly good trail, rocky, tight, short steep climbs and drops. Its my home turf so I give it a little boost on the star rating. =) Remember this is South Florida.

* Review edited 7/25/2010

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Guest on November 23, 2009
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Review: Better than you can expect for S. Fl. More technical, short but very steep climbs. Probably fourth best trail in Fl behind Santos, Alafia, Carter Road.

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Haromtbrider on November 11, 2009
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Review: Funn trail to look forward to on the weekends.

* Review edited 11/11/2009

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pbuitron on November 1, 2009
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Review: All you need to know; this park has the legandary " DNA Bridge" awesome park.. it has so many downhills... that you cant go wrong, just becarful with the lakes...

Similar Trail: one of a kind!

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rschaff1971 on September 6, 2009
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Review: fun trail, not as long as I thought. Ask Lee Bagget or Hughass. definatly one of the better trails on the florida east coast, fortpierce has similar smoother dips and trails which I thinks are longer but less well marked ... Markham Has some very sketchy rocky downhill sections, one mismanaged bump could cause you some pain

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Lidiacunha on July 27, 2009
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Review: I have ridden the beginners trails because at 49 I am a little cautious, but plan on advancing to intermediate as I feel more and more comfortable. I am actually thinking of moving to an apt. close to the park so I can ride more often. I love it!!

Similar Trail: Jonathan Dickinson, Jupiter, FL

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Biohazard74 on July 19, 2009
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Review: This is my 1st time at Markham park. I have ridden trails and gone off road biking when i was a kid all thru my teenage years but back when it was mostly BMX style bikes. And for the past 4 or 5 years i have been just riding a hybrid Raleigh SC 30for exercise .A friend of mine has been bugging the c*** out of me to get a mountain bike and start riding at the few parks with him and today was my 1st time and i must say i am "HOOKED" and cant wait to go back. Even if it was pouring i had an awesome time. This trail is a bit tougher than the others around i heard but i said screw it and i did about half of the park. I just couldnt go anymore. Its definately not easy. But i definately will be back soon. I ate the dirt a few times and also the bushes but it was all well worth it.* Review edited 7/19/2009

* Review edited 7/19/2009

Similar Trail: None to compare it too at the moment

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ositoking on May 23, 2009
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Review: The ride at Markham today was very sweet. It was raining today and a fun experience. It was a good feeling while riding.

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Floridadan on April 22, 2009
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Review: This is the gold standard for South Florida and maybe the state. Come here to see what right looks like. There is something for everyone.

Similar Trail: Amelia Earhart

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Sawyer on February 9, 2009
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Review: Markham Park and Oleta are both great trails, although you will likely enjoy Markham much more. The trails flow into each other so your ride never seems to come to an abrupt ending like Oleta. And since the trails are marked so well, anyone from a beginner to the most advanced can enjoy themselves. Some of the drops on the more technical sections are a little much, however the more you try them the better you'll get. But again, there are so many signs redirecting bikers to the more novice section of any given trail, that even most beginners can manage a majority of the way. I moved from upstate NY to FL a few years ago and never thought I would be so lucky to find anything quite like what Markham Park offers. Some trails make you feel like you're riding under a jungle canopy, others like you've reached the summit of a mountain, and yet others have you balancing on the most narrow of bridges. If you are looking for a challenging roller coaster of a ride then Markham Park will not disappoint. So when you go don't forget your helmet, not just because it's required, but because you'll probably end up really needing it.

Similar Trail: Oleta

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billtimmy on January 8, 2009
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Review: Markham is great, not for the faint-hearted. It's the toughest trail in South Florida. I can't number the times I've ridden up on someone who is straddling their bike nervously contemplating an obstacle. It's a lot of up & down technical so you have to work to enjoy. I've taken some major spills that have given me cuts and bruises to show-off to my girlfriend (not that she's really impressed with such things but HEY! big crashes deserve some recognition!!). No broken bones so far!!!

* Review edited 1/8/2009

Similar Trail: Oleta River State Recreation Area

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ositoking on October 26, 2008
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Review: We rode today and the trail is in great shape. The trails for advanced riders are excellent. There are a couple of new bridges. There is a new park rule. You need an ID card to ride. You have to go to the park office to get one. Its free. You also have to sign a safety waver and watch a 5 minute video about safety.

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silvergoat66 on October 8, 2008
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Review: This trail is awesome. It's well laid out, fast, and the technical areas are top notch. I had a blast riding it, and getting with your buddies afterwards and blasting each other on your falls and mistakes is almost as much fun as riding it. I recommend this park to everyone, beginner and veteran.

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jester450 on October 7, 2008
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Review: Best trail in South Florida! While many trails in this region are plaqued by soft sand and flat terrain, Markham Park stands out among the rest. It offers advanced riders much to do in an area that offers little. There are rough climbs, decent drops, and even a freeride section. The trails are very well labeled and well kept.

Similar Trail: Santos, Ocala, Fl

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wheelieboy on July 16, 2008
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Review: I love Markham Park! This trail is excellent for the advanced rider with many climbs, drops, and bridges. Even a small Jump area has just been added. Definitely the most fun trail system in South Florida. This trail is not as good for the begining riders as most of the trails seem to be expert and intermediate.

* Review edited 9/27/2008

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JackPompanoBeach on June 2, 2008
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Review: Markum Park is a blast! Very technical, and lots of places to get hurt if you fall! Also a lot of man made whacky bridges and jumps, this trail is a challenge for any rider. Beginners could find stuff to do, but it's more for advanced! I like the huge downhill ramps, I still get screwed on the wavy bridge every time...Between this and Oleta, a rider from somewhere else can have his or her self**ood time!

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DieselMike on April 19, 2008
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Review: I LOVE this place. Well worth my 2 hour drive. Today was my 2nd visit and I don't see how anyone could ever get tired of riding here. Your skills will improve with time spent at Markham, no doubt. Trails are well marked, but I would suggest stopping at the park office to grab a trail map ahead of time. The map is a big help in finding the beginning of trails. (All trails are one way)

Similar Trail: Alafia River, Caloosahatchee Regional Park

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ositoking on March 30, 2008
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Review: Markham is the greatest park in South Florida. One of the top ten in the state. They have many trails to choose from, for all level riders. Excellent advanced sections(mostly for cross-country riders).

Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park

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o.galban on March 21, 2008
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Review: the best !!!makes me want to move in a cross the street ..

* Review edited 3/23/2008

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pqow92 on December 15, 2007
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Review: I just started riding for two weeks. Awesome trail, always friendly people, even on the advanced stuff. Because of this trail my hardtail will be replaced soon by a full suspension lol...it is TOO fun, i hit this place up about 2x a week, say HI to asian guy with black cannondale f5 if u see me..lol

Similar Trail: Oleta, bout 15-30minz away dependin on traffic

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Jcd75 on October 4, 2007
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Review: Awesome park for the advanced rider. Great drops, and very well maintained. New trail has opened but i was told that it was ridiculously muddy and to wait a bit. If you are advanced, you will love Markham. For beginner to Intermediate try Oleta. STAY AWAY FROM AMELIA!

Similar Trail: Oleta River State Park in North Miami Beach

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danno346 on October 1, 2007
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Review: I found out this weekend that they opened up the expert sections in the "Outback" trail that was closed off before. Next time I go, hopefully they'll have a new map of the new and expanded trails.

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danno346 on September 24, 2007
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Review: They just added a new trail to Markham. I talked to one of the other riders out there and he said it just opened this past week. "Route 66" is about 1 1/2 - 2 miles long and it reminded me of some of the trails at Oleta. But word for the wise. Dont ride it after heavy rains, unless you like mudding. Most of the trail was just mud and at a few places my pedals were underwater. It was good fun and a good workout, but if you're not looking to ride in the mud; wait until winter for this trail.

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krismurphy01 on August 7, 2007
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Review: Trail has many levels and my whole family finds it challenging. I ride the expert trails and my kids ride the intermediate. You will really need to have good equipment because the cheap stuff tends to break on this trail. Two of my friends found out the hard way that having the right stuff makes a difference (frame issues).

Similar Trail: Still looking

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tatroxell1 on June 13, 2007
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Review: 1st time today. awesome trail! but extremely technical. not for the faint of heart. almost too hard for me in some of the expert sections....but after a few more times i'll get it.

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Guest on April 15, 2007
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Review: Fun single track. I rode this in March 2007. It was hot. Bring lots of water. I would recommend riding in the morning or evening.

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danno346 on April 4, 2007
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Review: Rode here last week and just now got a chance to write the review. The trails seem to be getting sandy, but I think that's because it's been so dry down here lately. Other than that it's still a good place to ride. It's a good trail to ride on the weekend or after work.

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Major813 on February 19, 2007
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Review: DUDE !!!!! this park is intense. I would say the toughest in Florida so far. I almost got killed on this Drop on "Gun Range!" I highly recommend following a group so you can get a feel for the drops, because these will hurt you. I fell off my bike a few times and I am a pretty good rider. My only complaint is the park is very compact. I mean you pretty much go from one trail immediately to the other with no time to recover unless you take a break. All in all a great park

Similar Trail: Alafia and Razorback

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danno346 on February 10, 2007
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Review: Rode this afternoon, it took us a while to get into the park because they are having a country music fest there this weekend. The trails are still open, but you have to go around the back to get to them. And the front gate to the trails is closed so you don't have access to the bike wash and map fpr the trails. But after the 11th it should be back to normal. The trails really benefitted from the coconut cup series. They cleaned most of them up and I think they even opened up some that have been closed the last few times I've been there. I just hit the "alligator alley" trail for the first time and that one was good to go. It branches off from the "crime scene" and has a few steep climbs and a whole lot of bridge drops. So if you like those definitely hit that trail up.

* Review edited 2/10/2007

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randy_schneider on February 1, 2007
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Review: just keeps gettting better and better. they just recently fixed up large sections of the single tracks. Ridden in about 8 parks in three states. And it's bar none the best. This place get's surprisingly packed after work

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Miguel_Leyva on January 29, 2007
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Review: Awesome trails, a place where you can practice differents techniques for all drops and climb. The 10 miles of trails are very impresive.

Similar Trail: Razorback, Ocala

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randy_schneider on January 18, 2007
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Review: after riding the trails here 5 or 6 times this past month I've enjoyed it more and more. I still say when you see guys that have been riding forever having to hike a bike that some trails a quite undoable except for the elite experts. But that's fine just a little more excersise. brings your game the day that you go to Markham there are some burners on that trail. large groups of them. mkae sure to go to the shoulder if there's a better rider than you. Markham has now surpassed oletta as my favorite in the the area.

Similar Trail: oletta

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mt._reaper on January 17, 2007
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Review: grew up on these trails and now in georgia and yet to find a course as challenging. everything it throws at you is 100% doable without walking up steep climbs you just have to be an expert to do the expert trails.

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randy_schneider on December 13, 2006
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Review: Don't want to sound like a panzy, but just not rideable in some parts. Very technical and it's great to have a park in south florida so can't complain too much.

Similar Trail: amelia

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ass_minch on November 29, 2006
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Review: I have a question im takin a trip to fla from ohio this december and i have a question? could sombody help? i just started mountain biking and all these parks oleta, markham, quiet, amelia look extemely fun but are these pics of the advanced trails cause im lookin to ride a easy but fun with jumps and drop off hills with roots, and ladder bridges that arnt to high up do all these parks have that i put a 10 cause it looks sweet

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simplyalf on August 19, 2006
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Review: Well, my first time there was today. I found the intermediate trails to actually be more advanced! It was a fun spot, howevefr, here are to many rocks and other things in the way that you really cant see coming up as well as drop offs. I suppose that is mountainbiking but some spot really dont have room to gain speed to jump any of this. Alot of sections were to sandy. Alot of spots dont even have room to get your bike through as they are to narrow. I beleive before the hurricane, this track may have been better, but I dont think its a top tier park. Also , on the first advance section, as you enter the park, as well as all advance sections, it is impossible to get your bike up some of the steep rocks or climbs thehy have set up, it is a must to have to walk up and down alot of this stuff, which makes it quite annoying!!! Being this is south Florida and we are not a true mountain bike state and there are so few trails about, Im sure Ill be back. We will see what happens next time...

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ositoking on July 13, 2006
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Review: Markham is the greatest park in South Florida. One of the top ten in the state. They have many trails to choose from, for all level riders. Excellent advanced sections(mostly for cross-country riders). There is a new extension bridge just added. It is about 100 feet.

* Review edited 5/22/2007

Similar Trail: Alafia River State Park and Razorback(Ocala)

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TEDSTER on July 4, 2006
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Review: I CANT BELEAVE WE DROVE 3AND 1 HALF HRS. TO THIS TRAIL THAT HAS NO COMPARISON TO ALIFHI AT ALL THIS DEFINALY IS NOT WHORTH THE RIDE WHO EVER RATED THIS TRAIL TOP 10 IN FLA IS A JOKE ! MORE LIKE 5 MILES IF YOU ONLY RIDE THE MORE TECNICAL PARTS LIKE WE DO ONLY TWO PLACES THAT ARE ANY TROBLE . THIS TRAIL IS NOT AN 8 A VERY DISAPOINTING 4 MAYBE !

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scottjhay on June 25, 2006
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Review: Being a visitor to Florida, I never expected to find a trail like Markham Park. Definitely more of a flowing ride than Oleta River with a lot more technical man mage obstacles. Nicely marked with skill level. It definitely keeps you thinking with some well thought out "suprises". Florida needs more trails like this.

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tony-williams on June 7, 2006
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Review: If not the best, among the top three best trails in Florida. I dont know where people get this trail is in comparison to Oleta. Markham is much better. It has a wider selection of levels, with great expert sections, packed dirt rather then rocks, jumps, and bridges. Almost the entire trail is under the shade of the trees as well. This an amazing place to ride.

Similar Trail: Johnathan Dickenson

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ositoking on March 26, 2006
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Review: I ride this trail today and it's definitely the most challenging trail in all of South Florida. The advanced section are excellent. I would like to invite everyone to come ride here.

Similar Trail: Alafia river state park

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Guest on March 3, 2006
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Review: MARCH "4" (saturday at 10.00 am) I'm looking for a nice group of people to ride... anyone?

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Guest on March 3, 2006
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Review: GODD NEWS! Trails open Saturday March 3rd @ 10:00AM

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Guest on December 27, 2005
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Review: spoke with office manager today who indicated the trials are only about half-way cleared and it is going to be a while before opening. BUMMER!!

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Guest on December 8, 2005
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Review: when will markam be open

Similar Trail: fort pierce trails

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Guest on November 29, 2005
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Review: Has this park re-opened for riding?

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ositoking on October 8, 2005
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Review:

* Review edited 5/22/2007

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Guest on July 16, 2005
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Review: These trails are definetely challenging. I have been coming here since the summer start after a couple of years of missing out. I found that the trails have been improved and made longer. But one of the things that I appreciated the most are the intermediate bypass sections. One can now do all the trails, and if you don't feel up to a drop or technical portion of the trail, you leave. The many uphills, even if they are short (Danny's Twail), are very tiring. Also, the downhills tend to flow. There are some extremely nice ones in the Armadillo and the Outback, and if you have what it takes, CRIMESCENE. Fortunetely, the park is very well designed, being that all of the trails connect to one another. But, like the person before mentioned, the trails could use some improvement on the signs. Overall, the trail is a must if you like to ride a technical course, and if you are lucky you might even meet the armadillo. By the way, take bug spray if your going in the afternoon.

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Lando_Grifin on June 25, 2005
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Review: Definitely the most challenging set of trails around South Florida. Intermediates are really advanced, and advanced are, well, relly advanced. Not for beginners. Trail signs (names, directional, etc.) could stand some improvement.

Similar Trail: Oletta River State Park Quiet Waters Park

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Guest on May 5, 2005
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Review: This the best trail in Fl. I rate it better than Belleview's Santos (better if you prefer XC) and Reddick (better if you prefer downhills) in terms of diverse AND technically fun trails. With trail names like Snakebite, Rattlesnake, Outback, and Armadillo, there is bound to be something for everyone.

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TAZY on May 10, 2004
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Review: MY FIRST TIME THERE I WASN'T EXPECTING THE DROPS. I AM REALLY LOOKING FOWARD TO RETURNING. I FOUND THE TRAIL CHALLENGING

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Adventurecycling on May 7, 2004
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Review: I have ridden this trail several times. The latest being on Easter 2004. In my opinion it is great because it ranges from novice to advanced. A lot of the novice tracks are not singletracks, but are wide, hard, shell packed roads. However, there are fun novice singletracks. The intermediate tracks are fun and challenging. I'm guessing the advanced trails should provide most expert riders a challenge. There are many technical areas to test your balance and skill. Jumps, rail riding, ascents, descents, and sand mounds are some of the plusses. Being it is a network system, many of the singletrack's exit's are near its entrance. Since it is in Markham Park there are full restroom facilities, bike wash station, boat launches, miniature airplane field, tennis courts, outdoor shooting range, campgrounds, volleyball nets, charcoal grills... basically Markham Park is 650+ acres, so you can make this a weekend trip if you choose and catch up on some of your other hobbies too. Admission is charged per car load on weekends and holidays. Will be heading out there again on 4th of July Weekend 2004.

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Guest on May 4, 2004
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Review: Not for begginers, more technical than Oleta. Some drops.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Fast fun singletrack trail with many small, steep climbs and short technical downhills. Trail is narrow with little passing room, which adds to racing fun. Downhills often wind through trees or have dropoffs which separate enthusiasts from riders. Trails are marked for difficulty ranging from novice to single black diamond.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The advanced intermediate trail is definately the best trail you'll find in south florida.

Similar Trail: Do this one twice!

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: The best trail system in South Florida, Markham is a remarkable use of limited resources. Located just a mile or so from the Everglades in West Broward, you might expect this park to be pancake flat. However, this trail system has been built on huge mounds of earth dredged from the park's lakes, which has resulted in a surprising number of short climbs and steep drops. This dredged earth also provides a smoother riding surface than most of the area's rooty, coral trails. While a few of Markham's trails are rocky and exposed, many of them are carved through an unusual, lush landscape of meleluca trees, Australian pines and giant fern, and most provide at least a partial view of the park's lakes. The singletarck varies in difficulty from relatively easy to quite challenging. The park's most difficult trails, Rattlesnake Ridge and the trail that follows it, are extremely technical, featuring narrow bridge crossings, sharp switchbacks, steep ridges, numerous short climbs, large obstacles and several very tricky drops. While the trails should probably be avoided by novices, they are a great example of making the most of what you've got and should not be missed by anyone who loves a challenge.The trails are fairly well maintained. However, they do have a tendency to erode, and may become quite sandy during the dry summer months. Still, a must-ride trail.

Similar Trail: Oleta State Park in Dade County.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Nice track, for FL, haven't been around long enough to see many other trails (in fact this was my first experience since moving to the in the US) Nicest thing about this track is that it is 100% covered by trees & plants etc (good for warm days) The only problem is that it is a popular site and it can be crowded (I went early on a Sunday morning) All in all a fun trail, some technical single track. Some local MTB club does some work on the track every fortnight so the track is in pretty good shape.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Doubletrack with single track loops going off it. Fairly technical but only in short spurts. Hilly for Florida. Seasonally can muddy/flooded or can be dusty and sandy. 2nd best place to ride in south Florida

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