Paisley Woods Trail - Ocala National Forest

   
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22
miles

Beginner

Singletrack
↑ 900 ft
↓ 900 ft
11.5
avg mph
10
ridden
9
wishlist
4:38
avg time

Loop
AVERAGE RATING
2.82 out of 5
About This Trail
added by darrinw2001 Trailblazer on May 29, 2009
 
Mostly flat singletrack with lots of miles and wildlife. About the halfway point there is a cut-trough to make it only a 10 mile loop. There are recreation areas at the north and south areas for a break. Look out for fallen trees, un-marked trails, sand, and even drifters.
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on May 22, 2013
 
Jetnjeff29r on February 2, 2014
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Review: http://www.mtbepicrides.com/2014/02/paisley-woods-florida.html
Santos is plenty fun, but I needed a change of venue, to switch things up for my long ride. Even the green trails at Santos are fairly twisty, which is more fun in general, but makes it harder to do sustained endurance riding, when you are accelerating out of turn after turn. Most riders are not concerned with this. But if you are and would rather not get your long ride on the road, Paisley Woods certainly fits the bill. The main loop is about 19 miles with a half a mile feeder. There is a cut off to make a half loop. I was running about hour and a half laps, so multiple laps are need to get the higher durations. The Paisley Woods trail has a different feel in each direction, so between that and the half loop you can put most any duration rides together without getting bored.
Wider tires, such as 2.35 or 2.4s work best in the occasional sugar sand. I got to try out a 2.35 Maxxis Ikon up front for the first time. I have had it for a while, but was waiting for a tire to wear out. I switched back to the 2.2 for the half lap at the end to compare. Even at the same 20 psi the 2.35 felt less harsh and I should be able to run it a bit softer.

Similar Trail: The less twisty Green Trails at Santos

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ckbutcher on August 29, 2013
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Review: We rode the upper loop from the northern trailhead today. The east side of that loop has more sugar sand than the west side. Overall, the trail is in great shape for the summer time, with only a few dozen loose spots. The southern loop was in better shape. Enjoyed the ride and scenery.

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ckbutcher on August 23, 2013
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Review: My wife and I rode the 11 mile loop starting at Clearwater Lake trailhead and really enjoyed it. The trail was clear, in great shape, marked well and very scenic. This trail is open and allows you to keep a good pace. There were only a few spots where we hit some loose sand....not an issue at all. We will be coming back for the loop from Alexander Springs soon.

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Guest on February 2, 2013
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Review: i rode this today, 2/3/2013. decent conditions, fun trail. took me 2.5hrs to ride everyting. a little sandy in spots, great in others. not as good riding as santos, but fun just the same. was very well marked with yellow diamonds and easy to follow

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disbelief0 on August 16, 2011
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Review: Enough sugar sand to make for a lot of tough going. Markings are sometimes missing or hard to spot -- I went off-trail a few times. This was my first ever serious ride, and I thought it was exhausting and physically draining. Definitely not for a beginner.

* Review edited 8/16/2011

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GoKite5 on May 31, 2011
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Review: Lots of miles, cross country style with slight elevation gains and losses. Only challenge is the sugar sand. Generally not recommended to ride, easily get lost and there can also be down trees mid trail and a fair amount of sun exposure. I rate it intermediate only because even taking the short loop a beginner would have a hard time considering the sugar sand, lack of markings, distance without cut out, and summer sun exposure. Upside, it is 22 miles and if the sugar sand isn't too bad you can get a good cadence and a good work out.

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smb566 on May 11, 2011
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Review: They just recently updated this trail. I have heard it was a blue with some spots needing to be red. Very disappointed. Not worth the ride/effort. Stick with Santos...

* Review edited 5/11/2011

Similar Trail: a sidewalk

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kevprides on July 22, 2010
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Review: Rode this trail for the first time and it started out very good but went bad about halfway in. There was nothing really hard about this trail other than the sugar sand until we hit the clearing being done the US Forest Dept. They had trees pushed down all over the trail, trail markers removed & ground completely torn up. It was so bad that it made it impassable unless you had GPS mapping of the trail and then would still have to walk through some of it. I would like to go back sometime if they ever get done clearing or just stop tearing the trails up so badly. Probably best to go after a good rain has packed the sand. Plenty of wildlife to see here, which we seen a black bear running across the trail.

* Review edited 7/26/2010

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futska on February 22, 2010
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Review: This trail is great for what it is. 22 miles of good scenery and a good workout. The trail is well marked and sandy; it is not technical. It mainly runs through Pine forest, occasionally dipping into small Oak hammocks. I think starting at Alexander Springs and heading south is better than starting in Paisley so you can enjoy the springs after the ride. You can't bring your bike down to the spring, but there is a small bike rack. There's a fee to park at Alexander Springs itself, but there is a free trail parking area about a mile south (see the trail map pdf provided by the US Forest Service).

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Guest on June 7, 2009
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Review: Very nice singletrack with miles of trails running through great scenery in the ONF. Few soft spots and some trees down, but still a nice ride. Great cardio workout though.

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darrinw2001 on May 29, 2009
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Review: lots of trees, lots of miles, not alot of elevation. look out you dont get lost in some areas. make sure you go to the Forestry Station in Altoona for a trail map to take with you since their is none at the trail head except the one on the wall.

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Paisley Woods Trail - Ocala National Forest MTB Trail 2.82 out of 5 based on 11 ratings. 11 user reviews.
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