Quiet Waters Park

   
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5
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Intermediate

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5.4
avg mph
161
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25
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1:13
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3.59 out of 5
About This Trail
added by stripes Trailblazer on December 31, 2002
 
Approximately 5 miles of a combination of singletrack, fire trails, and technical switchbacks, rocks, some sand and roots. Great Trail for South Florida. This is a county park. Free during the week, only $1.50 per person on weekends and holidays.
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Bmx01r on August 9, 2014
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Review: Great trail for entry level & intermediate level riders like myself. Advanced riders will rate this trail low.

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pico26 on July 16, 2014
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Review: not to bad for a good cardio workout. now up to 7 or 8 miles per lap. nothing crazy difficult. negative, after hurricane Wilma destroyed our South Florida area, the park decided to cut down & remove any trees still standing? I think it was a "non native" thing. regardless, huge mistake.

Similar Trail: Amelia, Hialeah

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berduderunner on January 7, 2014
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Review: I consider this my "Home Trail" as I ride here more than anywhere else. Markham, Oleta, and Amelia are better trail systems but are significantly farther to drive for me. Great place to get a good workout in, but not technically difficult.

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Calebmmallory on January 5, 2014
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Review: Some fun runs, but I couldn't tell Where trails start or end. It seemed to just be one trail. Not much elevation so it's all on the rider to generate speed. Good workout though.

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Guest on January 2, 2014
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Review: While there may be some good riding on this trail, I suggest all Mountain bikers that care for a decent future, refuse to ride here....Quiet Waters has adopted the worst form of "NANNY STATE" mentality, and it is not enough that they have you sign a 2 page liability release form and charge 5 or 6 bucks(no big deal)....but, they insist you watch a 10 minute video on how to safely trail ride --before they will let you on the trail....the trail typically is guarded by a person and a fence/gate, so this is mandatory. Who are they to tell those of us who have been mountain biking since the 80's or 90's what is safe or how to ride---and since when is it a good thing to let government tell force us to watch a safety video before we can go on a hike in the woods? The Wilderness is no place for the dumb, the sick, the horribly un-coordinated--the people that could not exist without protection....I would sign a waiver, but the video and whole Nanny State thing has me wanting to get this place boycotted.

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jlopez423 on December 21, 2013
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Review: I live 30 seconds away from Markham, and about 30 minutes away from quiet water, but I'll be making the drive every weekend from now on up here. These trails are amazing, not as many roots as in Markham, much smoother, and the trails are continuous so they're easy to reach. No complaints at all with these trails.

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Steelman on November 25, 2013
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Review: Decent trails , not too difficult for all levels of riders. No shade , very hot in the summer sun.

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facebookmtbriding on July 8, 2013
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Review: Fun short trail. The description is accurate.

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wgw2099 on May 13, 2013
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Review: Great trail. A lot of rocks. I would say rocks are the highlight of this trail. Good bypasses on virtually every challenge. The expert challenges are spread out throughout the trail and well marked.

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darahj on April 7, 2013
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Review: Now has rentals on-site, making it a great place to convert your friends. Decent intermediate trail with most obstacles having a bypass on the main trail and turnpike extension. New stuff always appearing. Definitely sandy when it's dry, but that's just another obstacle :-). Advanced sections are fairly short and not as difficult as the advanced sections at Markham.

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mjs1 on March 28, 2013
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Review: Running pretty sandy in many sections but a great trail system in the area. Volunteers are active maintaining and developing new sections or challenges. Run a little less tire pressure to help deal with the chatter from the shellrock. Nice basic skills/practice area in front of the fence.

Similar Trail: Parts of Oleta

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heaviek on March 27, 2013
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Review: I think this is a great trail network. Rode Markham the day before and I like this much better. Have to completely disagree with the negative comment about flow. I think this network has great flow. You can do fast laps without your heart rate dropping. The routes are really well laid out with well designed camber. Most of the switchbacks are uphill. The downhill ones have enough bank to keep up momentum. There is a fair amount of sand but this is Florida! I found that either the turn camber or straightaway speed of the sandy sections made them easy to deal with.

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Guest on March 15, 2013
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Review: An OK trail, as good as it can be after the hurricane wiped out all of the tree's. My biggest issue is the lack of flow, sometimes it feels more like your riding on a gravel road then a mountain bike trail

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ajliddy80 on February 25, 2013
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Review: The park is a bit dry right now but don't let that scare you away. The sand is not too bad, the obstacles are fun and new ones are showing up all the time. Several optional lines will challenge most riders. If you want it to challenge you just go faster!

Similar Trail: Oleta (kinda)

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amiram00 on January 6, 2013
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Review: Great for the flat south Florida. This trail system is well maintained and used. It is quite a bit of fun and a place that you can take the family.

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MysticKJ on April 17, 2012
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Review: Nice trail system. This trail is a loop and can be run multiple times depending on your fitness. Has advanced sections that are easily bypassed for the novice rider and fun the advanced rider. Has a sequence of catwalks, a see-saw, and a nice skills area to practice.

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sean_toffey on February 12, 2012
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Review: Pretty good intermediate trail. They are constantly improving and putting in new obstacles. My least favorite part about this trail is the sand. If it hasn't rained in a while, you will bite it trying to get through some of the sand. Other than that, its a pretty fun 6 mile trail. I would recommend it if you're in the area, but probably not worth a long drive to get to

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Lynskey29er on February 4, 2012
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Review: Rode this for the first time since before the hurricane. No fault of the dedicated track builders, but overall...no shade + no rain = no fun. Similar to JD State park...a once great trail ruined by natural disaster. "Expert" sections have some nice technical obstacles, and back section was a blast, but the overall experience was tainted by sugar sand and the heat. After a good rain, I'll give it another go...

Similar Trail: Oleta, Amelia, Halpat

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carlitosway on December 9, 2011
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Review: It's only 5 miles.Great trails for beginners, it's have Some wood work for intermediate. If you are around the area just passed By visit

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sweetp on June 30, 2011
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Review: Definitely the best MTB happening near West Palm Beach area (I have only ridden Dyer, Pinehurst, and QW though while visiting). No shade to be had which almost got the best of me in 95 degree heat. The only trail I rode where I was able to get some momentum and have some fun.

Similar Trail: I did not ride anything similar in south fla.

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ktmillerfla on March 21, 2011
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Review: rode yesterday - the new "Turnpike Extension" is open and really fun. The new "Humps" section is going to be a blast and they've got 1 of the big "humps" already working with about 2 more nearly ready to go. The new catwalks are good and the overall ride is about 4.7 mi now. Lots of sugar sand, but that's to be expected and is everywhere with how dry it's been.

* Review edited 5/31/2011

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Crowbar12 on March 6, 2011
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Review: Have you been to Quiet Water MTB trails recently? The trail builders have been busy creating a fun technical trail system that is welll worth the trip. The next time your heading anywhere near Markham park take a short detour and give Quiet Waters a try. Lots of short steep off camber climbs over coral boulders, log piles, wall rides, ramp drops, skinnys...and more. So much fun!* Review edited 3/6/2011

* Review edited 3/8/2011

Similar Trail: Markham Park

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Exiztenz21 on March 2, 2011
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Review: I went to the park looking for a nice sweet ride but when i got there i got disapointed with the trail, i was expecting more, it has some goods ups n downs, with nice wood work, but other than that is just beginners, about 4 miles long, nice scenery, but i got to give props to the volunteers for making the park rideable, n for building new trails n maintining them....thanks

* Review edited 3/2/2011

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Crowbar12 on February 26, 2011
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Review: Thank you to the trail builders for adding all the new fun features!* Review edited 3/6/2011

* Review edited 3/6/2011

Similar Trail: Delray Regional Park

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ktmillerfla on January 16, 2011
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Review: Wow - the volunteers here have been working their asses off! Lots of new trail that needs to be ridden all along the very back/NW part of the trails. Hats off and thank you to the volunteers that have been doing work to improve the ride at QW. I need to get out and put in some time.

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awboardman on January 10, 2011
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Review: Loose rocks and sugar sand are still a problem but they have made great strides at this park. The new Expert Section is pretty fun with some Whoopity Doo's, skinny Bridges and a Plank Bridge. This park is steadily improving everytime I go out there. They also have a Warm Up Obstacle section which is pretty fun too. If you haven't been in a while give it a shot, it's a good change up from Oleta and Markham.

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ktmillerfla on December 14, 2010
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Review: Rode QW again on Saturday 12/11. It's always a good workout and a huge thank you to the volunteers working to maintain/improve the trails. I really liked the new black diamond section with the drops and flows - lots of fun and it seems to lead into a new section of trail: great work! If you haven't ridden QW lately, give it a shot.

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dustyg314 on November 29, 2010
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Review: nothing to crazy here, a few tall drops here and there, and the shell rock does a number on the skin. still nice to check out if your in the area.

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awboardman on February 16, 2010
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Review: I only hit this park if I'm with someone that's brand new to riding. It's a shame what the hurricaine did to this park, used to be a good change up from Markham. The volunteers that have rebuilt it have been working hard but let's be honest. There's no shade, loose rocks, not too many obstacles and it's not long enough or challenging enough to get a good workout. I don't even want to ride a second lap because it's so boring. Good luck to those volunteers that have been working hard though.

Similar Trail: Amelia

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GoKite5 on November 26, 2009
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Review: No shade, and typically very hard, rocky, loose rock course. Quick ups and downs and tight turns prevent a good flow without really being enjoyable. Hard rocky course would make a crash pretty rough.

* Review edited 7/25/2010

Similar Trail: Ride Oleta for a better faster workout or Markham for more enjoyable technical challenges.

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Biohazard74 on August 25, 2009
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Review: I went to Quiet waters this Sunday because of the pictures posted on here. I had totally forgotten that it was destroyed a couple of years ago. I must say that the trails themselves are great. Some parts of the intermediate trails were a bit more on the expert side. Or who knows? I might of accidentally wandered off into the expert parts without noticing. It was definately too hot this past Sunday as there are'nt many trees out there. I cant wait till the trees grow more. It's definately going to be able to compete with some of the other better talked about parks imo. To sum it up i believe its a great park with alot of potential. I live in south Miami and would not mind driving up there more but definately not until more trees grow or atleast until the winter months when its cooler.

* Review edited 8/25/2009

Similar Trail: Markham Park, Amelia Earheart, Oleta

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j4m3z on March 25, 2009
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Review: This is a good (and getting better all the time) beginner to intermediate trail for aerobic training. It can be twisty in spots but overall is very fast once you get the feel for the trail. The "half pipe" is fun, and challenging rockovers are being added every few weeks (trail maintenance is every 2nd and 4th Sat. of every month) as well as sand remediation and bridge building going on back in section 3. Sure there aren't many tall trees (yet) but then plenty of great trails out West don't have trees either and I'm sure those trails get ridden and enjoyed plenty. Markham and Oleta are more challenging to be sure, but Quiet Waters provides an excellent learning ground for beginners and great fitness training for more advanced riders. Go do a couple laps and have fun!* Review edited 3/25/2009

* Review edited 3/25/2009

Similar Trail: Oleta State Park and Markham Park are both more technical and challenging trails that are about a half hour from Quiet Waters.

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foxrider71 on January 23, 2009
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Review: The trail is now over 5 miles long including the basically flat beginners loop on tight hard packed red clay singletrack. The latest stuff in Phase 3 being fast and flowy, quick riding with a little tight and twisty stuff thrown in. The terrain is packing in nicely and all sandy areas are being reinforced with stable soils nicely. Look for 5 or 6 big rock gardens through out P3. In general, overall is a good ride. Look for Rock Skinnys and other features like that. Also, you have about three sections along the lake's ridgeline. Don't get distracted by the view, or you 'll get a free bike wash (in the lake). Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work in getting the trails back.

Similar Trail: markham park

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JackPompanoBeach on July 30, 2008
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Review: These were excellent and fun trails prior to Hurricane Wilma in 05, I don't know where the pictures of it came from, but they are old! It is now desolate and treeless, trails are twisty, turny, up and down, rocky singletrack. Is an OK ride if you want to get some time in!! They should have raised some cash and had a professional builder come in, they could have really done something great here like before....to make up for the c***py landscape, it looks like a construction site.

Similar Trail: If you don't want to drive to Oleta or Markum, this is a good stay in shape place! But those two trails are tons of fun compared to.

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Flo_Rida on July 8, 2008
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Review: The second phase of the new Quiet Water trails is open. The total length is around 5 miles now. There is also a new section opening soon called the "Halfpipe" that looks like fun. It is a series of berms that send you up against a long enbankment as if you were going up and down a ramp. Some parts of the trail are pretty technical. There are definately some places a rider could end up in a lake if they get a little careless or slip up. Also plenty of rocks to go around. The trails are nothing compared to the good ol' days of Quiet Waters mountainbiking, but it is nice to have something in the park again... and they are getting better as the brush grows in and the dirt gets packed down.

* Review edited 7/8/2008

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BMURPHY on June 24, 2008
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Review: Quiet Waters opened what is now up to 3 miles of trails around May of 2008. At 1st the trails were loose and sandy but due to recent rains they are getting better. It is nothing like the old Quiet Waters but it will be a good park again in time and if everyone pitches in to help.

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sch1308 on June 8, 2008
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Review: Warning although I said it was open, only most are actually open

Similar Trail: oleta

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JackPompanoBeach on June 2, 2008
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Review: I live here, and last I was there about a month ago, QW has no bike trails. They were demolished after Hurricane Wilma...they were extremely though and are missed!!

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DieselMike on April 19, 2008
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Review: Rode today after a morning ride at Markham. There is still plenty of work to be done, but the ones that are open are fun. A pretty technical ride along the ridge above a lake. Very rocky and I can see plenty of bikes actually ending up in the lake. A few off cambered sections near drops down to the water. The lack of trees will be the only drawback once these trails are back up and running 100%.

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o.galban on April 12, 2008
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Review: i went out there today the trail is open not very long and most of it in the sun ,but the good thing is there alot of work going on .great park to take the family with you alot other things to do when your done riding

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baber3000 on April 7, 2008
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Review: I called the park today and they said a portion of the trails are back open as of 4/5/08. Back in action, I might give it a shot after work one day this week...

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mindlessphilosophy on December 31, 2007
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Review: Well its been a long time since the trails were destroyed and I was just back home for Christmas and still only flat land out there and palm trees. Don't ever expect these trails to return. Then if they do we will be plesently suprised.

* Review edited 12/31/2007

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Jcd75 on October 9, 2007
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Review: Called the park today and trails still closed. They dont know when they will reopen

* Review edited 10/9/2007

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danno346 on February 1, 2007
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Review: The Broward County webpage for Quite Waters park says they are going to start working on the trails in Spring of 2007. I think they redid their camp grounds first and once those are finished they are going to start the trails. I haven't seen or heard anything else on it.

* Review edited 2/1/2007

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randy_schneider on December 13, 2006
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Review: any idea when they are going to be opened?

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mindlessphilosophy on August 19, 2006
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Review: They are re-opening the trails. Broward County is spending some $6,000 on trees and they are having professional trail builders come down to rebuild them. Its probably not going to done for another year though..

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FFJedi103 on April 12, 2006
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Review: They will not be reopening Quiet Waters! The place was destroyed by Wilma, and they decide to plow it. This really sucks, because it was one of the better places to ride in the Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach area.

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BMURPHY on February 26, 2006
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Review: Is Quiet Waters going to reopen a trail? I have passed the park and I see they have cleared all the trees and land in half the park.

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ositoking on October 8, 2005
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Review: Park is excellent for beginers.

Similar Trail: Amelia park

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Lando_Grifin on June 25, 2005
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Review: Pretty basic loop of about 5.5 miles. The beginning / end has a cool park with some nice drops and obstacles, but overall relatively easy.

Similar Trail: Oletta River

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Guest on May 27, 2004
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Review: Awesome trail. I have been riding it about three times a week and love it. It is like a condensed version of Oleta. Not to many people and provides lots of shade. good for the beginner. If you hall ass you can finish it in under 35 min. Should take about an hour at any rate normally. Have fun and bring plenty of water.

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TAZY on May 10, 2004
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Review: The trail does not have many climbs and drops although there there are a couple. I like that you can really get some speed going. About 1 hour to get through to the end. there you find an area that has some jumps and other cool stuff. the park is great for an all day event.

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Guest on July 8, 2003
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Review: This course is right across the street from me, and me and my friends hit it at least twice a week. It is simply awesome. I love it and they are always adding new additions. An expert course with 3 or 4 gaps and some mad drops was just added as well as many other jumps here and there throughout the course. I love this course and will never get tired of riding it. A friend at the bike shop across the road is getting together a group of people to ride the trails every Wed. at 7:00 pm. Check it out, or e-mail me.

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Fairly easy but enjoyable trail. You are in the shade for most of it, so it's nice even in the summer!! Volunteers work on the trails the second Sunday of every month, so there is always something new!

Similar Trail: Markham Park, Oleta River

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: One of the best trails in South Florida, great place to ride in the dead of summer, the only drawback is that the trail can be very bumpy

Similar Trail: Markham Park in Miami

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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Guest on December 31, 1969
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Review: Great 5.1 mile cardio loop. Terrain is not varied much, good technical section with roots and rocks. Great place to train to ride everywhere else. Muddy and swampy during the wet season, dry and dusty during the dry season. Fastest time to ride is after a day of light rain to pack down the sand.

Similar Trail: Oleta in Miami is like an advanced version of Quiet waters as far as cardio. A tad more technical.

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Quiet Waters Park MTB Trail 3.59 out of 5 based on 57 ratings. 57 user reviews.
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