February 26, 2016
First time riding in Florida. I am from Utah and I think this review will be most useful to someone visiting Florida and Oleta. Locals may love this place because you could squeeze in a quick before or after work ride. And as you got to know the layout, you would be able to link trails together more quickly and easily.
Oleta is series of separate, tight, twisting, short rides divided by gravel/dirt roads, not one continuous ride. I rode nearly all of the routes in 2 hours and that was with quite a bit of time spent trying to figure out how to get to the next group of rides. (Make sure to grab a map at the ranger station. Even with it, it can take time to get oriented because the trails are marked well but the roads connecting them are not.)
At first, riding through the swamps and jungles was cool and unique--but I was surprised at how quickly it got old. Maybe because there was no flow or places to really get up some speed. I don't mind technical riding and roots as long as it's mixed with some speed and flow sections.
I saw lots of amateurs exploring mountain biking here which is fantastic. The short length and slowness of the trails is well-suited to beginners. Advanced riders will likely not enjoy Oleta as much.
Oleta was fun to try once but once was definitely enough for me.