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Level: Intermediate
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +331/334 ft
Total: 50 riders
 

Mountain Biking Alligator Alley

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#173 of 283 mountain bike trails in Florida
#10442 in the world

Alligator alley is a nice short trail that takes you alongside Bivens Arm and offers some nice views of the lake. The singletrack is fairly difficult in some spots due to roots but overall it is rideable by most. The trail has some slight elevation changes here and there. Its fun to ride but it’s very short. It’s usually used to connect you with other trails that are spread out through Gainesville.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
In Gainesville, from 34th street take Archer road towards Shands and the VA hospital. Take the right fork onto SW 16th Ave and then take the first right onto Shealy Drive. The trailhead is at the end of Shealy Drive.
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  • Sporgo
    ****

    Decent trail. Most of its fairly easy with a few small hills and some gnarly roots at one point. I rode half of it in the dark as I forgot to charge my light and I was still fine (lots of city glow overhead). Except for the one over the exit creek the little wooden bridge things are pretty much rotted away as of 2/24/20.

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  • acrmedic
    ***

    Short trail that runs along the north end of Bivens Arm. The trail can be accessed at the end of Shealy Drive behind the UF Vet College. Some roots and elevation changes makes it a fun trail, and worth hitting when tying to other local trails. This trails gets muddy with the rain.

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  • Bruza54
    ***

    Easy enough for novice rider. Try not to listen to the noises it the bushes and keep your eyes peeled!

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  • Bruza54
    *****

    I enjoyed this short little trail. Plenty of things moving around when I rode through it around 5:30 in the afternoon. I changed from factory pedals to flats and it was an easy ride.

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  • chasewmont
    **

    Looked like no one had rode this trail in awhile. This trail has some potential with some elevation change and interesting roots however it definitely needs some work done as there was evidence of some destroyed features and the bridge is looking pretty sorry. Also this is a quite short trail so not really worth going to unless your next to it and note if it has been raining recently it tends to get muddy.

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  • ****

    Except some muddy area, overall the trail is awesome

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  • benten
    ****

    Nice, but quick little trail. The bridge at the end is starting to fall a part though. You can usually hear a gator splash back into the water as you ride by the lake.

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  • ***

    The beginning want very promising, but after finally finding the route, it turned out to be kinda nice.

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  • aeathb
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    It's getting pretty overgrown or I would rate it higher. Some technical spots with large roots

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  • sal_pic
    ****

    One of my favorite parts of any southern Gainesville ride. Riding by the lake is quite nice, and the trail offers a nice array of hills, log overs, and, if my memory serves me, a teeter-totter. Definitely check it out along with Sweetwater Branch/Homeless hills.

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  • theUfan
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    This trail is alot of fun. I wish it could be developed more because it could be awesome. Dont travel for this trail but if you live in Gainesville check it out. Mostly used as a connector for trails that run through Gainesville. If you ride it as an out and back you will not even get 2 miles...very short or it woud get more stars* Review edited 7/3/2011

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