Turkey Creek

   
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6
miles

Intermediate

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 100 ft
6.4
avg mph
57
ridden
21
wishlist
1:53
avg time

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AVERAGE RATING
3.74 out of 5
About This Trail
added by Guest on January 22, 2007
 
There's a little bit of everything here - up's and down's, roots, sand, rocks, creeks, climbs, and drops. This ride is only as difficult as you make it, because there is so much available back there. The best route is always the one you happen to find yourself on!
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Trail Kicker on June 19, 2014
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Review: Though not terribly difficult, Turkey Creek is the crown jewel of the connected trails in the area in my opinion... Though they are not very long the trails are scenic, flowy, sometimes tight single track along Turkey Creek itself. Some ups and downs and switch backs. A few little root/log hops or small log ramps. Some tight jungle like areas, so generally good cover in the Florida sun. Watch the palmetto roots often hidden by vegetation, they can take you down Gets really tight in places, so get used to riding thru outreaching palmetto branches and various bushes, but nothing that bad and kind of adds to the experience. A real Florida trail ride experience. You can make a great morning by riding all the trails there together... Turkey Creek, Malabar West, Cameron Preserve, and Malabar East. Sand really isn't an issue overall... and Malabar East seems to have most of it.

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aip2479 on June 15, 2014
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Review: Nice easy flowy trail no major obstacles or elevation change plenty of saw palmetto trunks. It's been raining so trail was fast although seems like a lot of sugar sand when dry. I had fun and would definitely ride here again if in the area.

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earth analog on May 29, 2014
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Review: I road all 10 miles of the trail systems. I would rate it easy/ intermediate. It's a very beautiful trail and well maintained.

Similar Trail: Jonathan Dickenson Park

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Guest on May 23, 2014
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Review: I am very spoiled by the beautiful trails in NC where I live, but figured I would check out the local trails here while in town. This trail system is set up pretty well and makes for a couple of TIGHT single track loops. When I say tight, I mean like not even wide enough to pull over or pass anyone, and the turns are very tight. This is complicated by the fact that much of the ground is sand, so conventional leaning into turns is pretty much out of the question. Overall I think that the trails are well thought out, well labeled and fun to ride. Thankfully there is a good covering over much of the trails, so the hot Florida sun is not beating directly down on you. There are some cool bridge areas over some wetland areas too. I started to go over to this "scrub" area (I forget what it was called), but the sand was deep and like a cross between regular and powered sugar. Almost impossible to pedal through.

Kudos to the trail maintainers for having a nice little trail system in the area to ride.

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Guest on May 16, 2014
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Review: Rode it last Sunday instead of going to Church. Nice little slice of heaven. Many improvements from a year ago so thanks to those who do the work.

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TrickkyGangsta on November 6, 2013
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Review: Turkey Creek Sanctuary is just 1 trail section of the Turkey Creek Sanctuary/Cameron Wildlife Preserve/Malabar Scrub trail network. It, in itself, is less than 2 miles NOT 6 (the full network of trails is ~10 miles). I absolutely love this trail system. It's well maintained, great cardio exercise, and is fun to ride. I ride the whole trail system (~10 miles) multiple times a week during the season!

Similar Trail: Cameron Wildlife Preserve and Malabar Scrub Sanctuary

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onefallinstar on September 22, 2013
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Review: rode many trails locally and ventured to alafia and rode santos but i have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to have had the chance to ride at turkey creek. The ride is just FUN when you pick up the pace, still a bit short but more than long enough to get your buzz on. Possibly my new favorite local trail for cardio/technical.

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lawmanfl on July 20, 2013
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Review: A really nice tame trail to get your cardio up, and the scenery was pretty nice. Be ready to pump through all the sandy portions, and bring a camelback because it can get hot. A very nice ride both challenging for all and gentle enough for beginners.

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dangerousdan on February 11, 2013
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Review: They've added a lot of new trails. Thanks to the trail management. I like the direction you guys are taking the trail system. Creating a destination spot for riders to come to.

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Guest on February 11, 2013
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Review: Trail was real fun,marked real well red trail was a little harder than i thought some roots but not to bad some elevation a couple of small drops. i want to thank Jason for for helping me out good trail!

Similar Trail: Halipateeokee

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dangerousdan on January 14, 2013
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Review: The trail managers have added a lot of new trails. You can get about 10 miles in the turkey creek/malabar area and even more with the Jordan scrub sanctuary next door. There are some very challenging trails with some beginner trails too. Lots of fun.

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Guest on December 11, 2012
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Review: Many great improvements to the Turkey Creek, Malabar Scrub, & Cameron Preserve MTB Trails (all tied into each other) in the last 6 months or so. There is a big group ride every 2nd Saturday of the month starting at the Malabar Park next to the Malabar Fire Department off of Malabar Road in Malabar. Three different groups.....fast, moderate and slow pace groups. An awesome event sponsored by BMBA (Brevard Mountain Biking Association), Bob's Bicycle Shop & partnership with E.E.L.(Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program). Lots of new trail cut, old trail cleaned up, and many new skinny bridges, creek crossings, and still a few log piles as well. Lots of fun to be had in these rides. As usual, water and Gatorade are provided at two points of the ride. Most times we will have a small cook out afterwards and some riders head over to a more aggressive and challenging trail in the works of being sanctioned.

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SpeedyB67 on December 3, 2012
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Review: Happened to be in the area this past Sunday and gave it a whirl. Well marked, nicely maintained track. A few obstacles in the beginning, mostly in the form of roots. Similar to Halpatiokee in Stuart but not as long. Overall an enjoyable ride.

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bigsur on November 19, 2012
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Review: The local club did a great job w/ the trail markers (red & blue trails) and the very nice bridges. Well done guys. I rode this trail for the first time today & it would be really hard to get lost w/ all of the markings. I rode the red & blue trails. All singletrack, mostly cross country type riding. A few small elevation changes when riding next to the creeks. Riding the red & blue trails twice gave me just under 12 miles. I will definitely ride again when I get bored at Little Big Econ.

Similar Trail: Little Big Econ, Spruce Creek

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CP1 on December 18, 2012
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Review: Not sure what trail off Palm Bay road you are speaking of 'thatmoody', as there is none. There is Turkey Creek off of Port Malabar Rd., Malabar Scrub off of Malabar Rd., and one expert trail in the works of being sanctioned off of Babcock St. (Tillman Canal), but none off of Palm Bay Rd. though. Though there is another one in the Town of Malabar, Grant, and Micco, but they are really not worth the time or effort getting there. Better hiking and equestrian trails tan MTB.
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thatmoody on July 9, 2012
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Review: Wynfox is talking about a very different trail way up off Palm Bay road, I think. This is a short, 1 mile loop that is a good little training trail if you ride it a few times - I like it because it has NO sugar sand and a couple of little dips. You can also do a few little technical areas if you want just for training. If you do it a few times, too, it's a good ride if you live in the area. The actual Malabar trail system is a close drive and much longer!

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Bonsai-CP on May 29, 2012
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Review: Hahahaha....Not sure as to why Wryfox posted that feedback about Turkey Creek & Malabar Scrub either. It was mapped on a Garmin mapping system, and I have been riding Turkey Creek & Malabar Scrub for many years. It is 6 miles on the Turkey Creek Trail if looped all the way around, which has nothing to do with Malabar Scrub. Malabar Scrub is a whole other MTB trail system across the road (Briar Creek) from the Turkey Creek MTB Trail exit/spill out. Malabar Scrub has more than 6 miles or trail to ride....LOL. I guess Wryfox lost his/her way...LOL

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mntbikeracer on April 24, 2012
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Review: I don't know how Wryfox missed the Turkey Creek trails. They are clearly marked with Red and Blue Posts. The official (Marked with posts and mapped at each Kiosk) is just under 6 miles. I ride them 2-3 times a week. We added new trails in 2011 which now provide over 8 miles of trails (we are still marking the new trails with posts). Youtube and the palm bay web portal both have videos of the trails and bridge buiding parties.

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Wryfox on March 3, 2012
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Review: Rode this trail and Malabar, which are only separated by a residential road. This trail is way shorter than listed, well under a mile, might actually be 0.6 instead of 6 miles. Typical Florida coastal palms and scrub, roots and sand. Not much elevation or difficulty. Would rate beginner vs intermediate. Fun little trail for what it is. This is not a destination unless you add in Malabar trail, which in total gives you about 4 miles singletrack.

Similar Trail: Spruce Creek in Port Orange

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mntbikeracer on November 26, 2011
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Review: The Palm Bay Land Manager has organized several trail builds over the past 6 months. There are three new bridges over small canals which link almost 2 miles of new trail. Most of the new trails are singletrack with lots of turns and roots.

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Bonsai-CP on November 7, 2011
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Review: The directions above is not correct. You can park your car there, but you would have to ride your bike east down the sidewalk on Port Malabar Rd. until you reach the bridge over Turkey Creek. Just on the SE side of the bridge is the TH for the TC MTB Trail. You can also drive down to Briar Creek Rd. which is just past the TH off of Port Malabar Rd. (east of the TH). Make a RT and park at the Turkey Creek entrance on the RT hand side of Briar Creek Rd. Just about a .25 miles after RT hand turn onto Briar Creek Rd.. The trail at the Library where the instructions take you above will take you to the hiking/observation trail only.

* Review edited 11/7/2011

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ninja_geoff on August 18, 2011
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Review: Great fun, if a bit short. Enough of a challenge for me to be happy with the 30 minute drive to get here. Sandy in some places, though it's not too deep. All in all, a good place to sink my mtb teeth in as a newbie. I'll probably be back tomorrow to ride it some more! On a related note, the park ranger said he marked it as difficult to keep kids and old folks from wandering out on to it without any idea of what to expect.

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ktmillerfla on November 4, 2010
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Review: Rode Turkey Creek last Sunday. Short but fun trail with a nice dip at the canoe launch and some fun sections closer to the creek with roots and graduated sections. Rode Turkey Creek Sanctuary 2x and Malabar Scrub Red 1x with my wife - took under 2 hours total. Lots of sugar sand and roots at Malabar Scrub but it's good for a workout. Would be fun to spend more time at Malabar Scrub and investigate the blue trail and other unmarked trails. Get out and ride.

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Guest on August 5, 2010
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Review: Just rode the Ho Chi Min the other day with family and friends, and it was flowing well, nicely groomed, and was fun. Always hot out there though, so bring water. ***Everyone, please do not confuse the sugar sand infested Malabar Scrub MTB Trail across Briar Creek Road with the Ho Chi Min (Turkey Creek MTB Trail). These are not the same trail no matter what is said or may look like. Please review the Malabar Scrub MTB Trail here on Singletracks than give bad reviews on the Ho Chi Min.***

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jacobk787 on April 18, 2010
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Review: Rode the red and blue today, the sand was horrible, and it had just rained; I couldn't imagine this trail when it's dry. The local club needs to do some serious maintenance!

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JSurratt on June 11, 2009
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Review: I rode this trail today and had a good time......The loop is really short so I rode the loop about 5 times......the only headache was the stinging sweat bee's......I didn't have any bug repellent with me....other than that it was a fun trail.......did I mention the 2 small black snakes???? I was a pedaling in high gear I tell ya!!!

Similar Trail: For this area of Florida.....spend about an hour drive north on I-95 to New Smyrna and ride the Spruce Creek Preserve Trail.....great workout!

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Highdrifter on March 29, 2009
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Review: Nice ride, fun.

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taltonmartin on February 28, 2009
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Review: This trail probably was not bad before they cut fire breaks through the trail system. Stay on the red unless you love freshly plowed sugar sand or are on a three wheeler. Some fun roots and a few extras.

Similar Trail: Tsali, Bull Mtn, Santos,

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Guest on November 13, 2008
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Review: All the downed trees have been removed and the trails are cleared of obstacles caused by our tropicals storms this year. Their is a few low lying trees that you will have to duck under so you do not get cloths lined, but it is looking great out their once more even though the trails are still a little tight. Great workout by far!

Similar Trail: The "Ho Chi Minh" trail (Turkey Creek MTB Trail), Tillman Canal MTB Trail (Fruit Trail), Wickham Park MTB Trails, Alafia, Santos, Carter, Balm Boyette, Morris Bridge, Croom, Chuck Lennon (DeLeon Springs), & Little Econ

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Guest on October 2, 2008
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Review: Rode this trail this morning, looking good, had some serious fun!

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Guest on September 16, 2008
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Review: Rode the 'Ho Chi Minh' (Turkey Creek MTB trail) today and the trail is dry and the damage is cleared out.

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Guest on August 24, 2008
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Review: Rode here today and their is much flooding on the the "Ho Chi Minh" trail. Got very wet and muddy, but it was fun! it will be a week or two before it dries out. Thanks TS Fay!

Similar Trail: South Shore (Palm Bay), Malabar Scrub (part of Turkey Creek "Ho Chi Minh" trail system.

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yarb4 on August 17, 2008
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Review: pretty good trails, lots of roots!!!! Lots of downed pines but overall a good workout p.s. watch these pines somehow I didn't see one and got clothslined, next time I go here I'm going to take some caution tape and start hanging it on these!!! Now I gotta buy a new helmet....so don't look down and enjoy the ride...haha

* Review edited 8/18/2008

Similar Trail: Jonathan Dickinson

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Guest on August 14, 2008
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Review: The Malabar Scrub MTB trails are the same as the Turkey Creek Sanctuary MTB Trails, they are just only separated by Briar Creek Blvd.. The Turkey Creek section is called the "Ho Chi Minh" trail and exits out on Briar Creek Blvd.. To continue the network of MTB trails, you must cross over to the east side of Briar Creek Blvd. as duly noted in the trail photo's I have added/provided. Trail pictures will come soon.

* Review edited 8/14/2008

Similar Trail: Too many to post, but Alafia & Santos are the bomb! The South Shore "Fruit Trail" in Palm Bay is a really nice MTB trail. Check it out!

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gatorshiz on August 11, 2008
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Review: The trails by the fire department on Malabar road will not get you to the turkey creek trails without first riding thru the Malabar Sanctuary and then finding the back entrance to the Turkey Creek Trails. This is a different biking area. The Turkey Creek Trails are just east of Troutman on Port Malabar Road after you cross a bridge heading east on the south side of the road.

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spcoast on June 18, 2008
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Review: Turkey Creek trails are OPEN, but it is not the Pedestrian trails over by the Library. You can get to them from Malabar road also, where the park next to the Malabar Fire Dept. near US1 (East Malabar Road). Can be technical at times with lots of roots, bridges, and a few ups and downs, but nothing spectacular as ups and downs. The Hochi Min trail is the best, which runs along Turkey Creek for a short bit. This trail can be accessed from Port Malabar Road (just 100 feet southeast of the bridge that crosses over Turkey Creek on Port Malabar Road), and also from the trails leading from the Malabar Shrub at the Malabar Fire Dept.. As very well known with Florida, it does have it sugar sand also.

Similar Trail: Alafia, Morris Bridge, Carter Trail, Santos, etc.

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spcoast on December 21, 2007
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Review: The trails are not at Turkey Creek Sanctuary, that is where you can park. That trail is for hikers, nature lovers, and tourist. You need to ride east along Port Malabar Rd. until you reach a very small bridge crossing Turkey Creek, approx. 1 mile from the Sanctuary. One of the trail heads start immediately to the right after crossing the small bridge. This is the "Hochi Min" trail. Lots of roots, some ups and downs, some sugar sand, man made climbs (log piles), but all in all not a bad place to ride. Their are many more trails on the Malabar Rd. entrance, which is on the east side of the "Hochi Min". A good workout, but the trails could use a little more TLC! Sheen guards are recommended! Ride hard & let the good times roll, "Team Mongoose"

* Review edited 12/21/2007

Similar Trail: Alafia, Balm Boyette, Santos, & Fort Pierce Trails

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t4c0 on December 5, 2007
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Review: As far as i know there are no bikes allowed in there.

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longbow on April 20, 2007
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Review: Visited the Turkey Creek Sanctuary today, parked by Palm Bay Library as suggested. Map shows zero bike trails, staff says "Bikes are not allowed," and a sign says $50 fine, city violation. As I walked the trail and snapped some pics, about 40 school kids mauled past. Zero tire tracks, lots of people tracks. Is there another way in or a seperate area?

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Turkey Creek MTB Trail 3.74 out of 5 based on 38 ratings. 38 user reviews.
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