Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve

4.64 out of 5
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↑ 400 ft
↓ 400 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
by Dana Farnsworth, Outdoor Travels - Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve - the bastard stepchild that doesn't get the attention it deserves. No matter how wonderful the cross country riding, no matter how pretty the scenery, no matter how diverse the terrain and the trail personalities, Boyette seems doomed to live in the shadow of its more popular neighbor Alafia State Park.

One would think that Boyette offers little to the mountain bike rider, based on the limited traffic of knobby tires on any given weekend. After riding Balm Boyette off and on for a couple of years now, I can tell you that most riders have no idea what they are missing.

Boyette does itself no favors with its location. Once a phosphate mine, the area is somewhat hidden from any major road and can be hard to find. My first attempt ended in mad frustration when the directions in my guide book were incorrect!

What are you missing if you haven't ridden Boyette before? Well, first there is the 12 continuous mile Forested Loop Trail. Almost a separate entity from the rest of Boyette, this loop offers up a long and winding, uninterrupted stretch of oak and pine shaded single track that one can really stretch their legs on. As the trail winds back on itself over and over again, it's easy to fall into a hypnotic-like trance.

Boyette also features some of the best cross country type riding around. Miles of unobstructed single track weaves its way along the edges of lakes, through pretty and unique prarie-type fields (which are better explored in the non-summer months), and forested canopy with brilliant green ferns lining the trail. There are a couple of short climbs here and there as well as some nice intermediate level challenges.

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: We are just beginners to biking for exercise and dont want to stay in the typical neighborhoods. Are there trails for beginners where we wont kill ourselves? -Guest

A: These trails are perfect for that. Just stick to the "green" trails.

Guest answered on July 30, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Was on vacation in FL last week and I thought Boyette was awesome---did break a chain on the stupid rental after 10 miles of riding, climbing out of upper meadow... -armyslowrdr

A: oops--sorry posted this as q instead of review....

armyslowrdr answered on March 31, 2014. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

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February 26, 2019
Review: I've been riding Alafia and Santos once or twice a winter for about 5 years now, but never made it to Balm until last week. These are now my favorite trails in Florida. Not as many jumps and wooden features, but better flow with some nice technical features scattered around. These trails have a much more back country feel than Alafia or Santos and are very scenic too. Must ride if in the area!

Similar Trail: North Creek at Alafia

Granny Gear

January 26, 2019
kriscira Granny Gear  
Review: Well designed technical trails

Bunny Hop

May 18, 2018
Review: Balm is a million times better than Alifia. People just hae the long ride into it. Never crowded go see for yourself


May 16, 2018
bikeit420 Doubletrack  
Review: First time here and spent about two hours. Trail was dry after the rain yesterday. Green is great for someone starting out. Loved the blues. Some great features and narrow ledges and some bridges. Great place and have to come back and explore some more. Something for everyone from beginner to seasoned rider. I rode clipped pedals and was fine. It is Florida and being from NY it was hot. Bring plenty of water.

Similar Trail: Alafia


April 12, 2018
CrowSlayer Gramcounter  
Review: Thank you SWAMP crew for the excellent singletrack. I noticed someone had raked clear and clean one of the blue trails, I think it was Gatorpit and Golf cart. Thanks for all the effort. My first time here and the trails are phenomenal. Due to the lack of adequate parking, facilities, running water, the place seems primitive. More signage would have helped, the incredible blues are interrupted by service roads. Although, that may be a good time to catch your breath before diving into the next blue trail. If you have conquered Spitfire at Alafia, then you must attempt Ridgeline at Balm. ***UPDATE*** A new designated parking lot opened up 4/21 to the south of the park off CR672 (Balm Picnic Rd). Porta-Potties and it cuts out that 2 mile sandy access road trek to the singletrack

Similar Trail: Alafia

Granny Gear

December 29, 2017
jchild Granny Gear  
Review: Fantastic ride. Started at Alafia state park and talked to the local riders and directed to the Balm. The 2 mile ride in is easy and beautiful. Trails are well marked and maps are everywhere. Do not miss this ride as it made the trip for us.


August 21, 2017
Review: First time, had a blast! Will definitely be returning. The 2 mile or so ride back from the trails to the parking lot was a bit rough, but thats mainly because it was 100 degrees out!


August 11, 2017
Review: This is a good trail system for the beginner to the advanced. Some of the intermediate trails are a little narrow with sharp turns and clipless pedals are not recommended.


June 22, 2017
Review: Very Fun Trail System, The People At SWAMP Did It Again. The Trails Here Range In Difficulty And Most Of The Blacks Are HUGE Ups And Downs! Especially Ridgeline! The Rain Makes For Bad Conditions, Plus Theres That 2 Mile Fire road, And Thats The Worst! All Around I Give The Trails 5 Stars, But Take One For Those 2 Awful Miles Of In The Sun On Flat Terrain. Overall, Def Worth Checking Out Balm Boyette! 4.5/5!


February 5, 2017
Review: Balm is in great shape - thank you SWAMP volunteers. Like Alafia, something for everyone here. If you can grind the two mile service road to the trail system you won't be disappointed with what you find here. Except for the true novice, regardless of your skill anyone can ride most trails, but.... you have got to be focused. Balm trails do not have the same margin for error as Alafia. Lots of tree splitting and riding ridges, some unexpected bridges, and - if you are an early morning rider - the sun will be in your face as you navigate east into these hazards. Again, something for everyone - flat, fast sweeping, roots/rocks, climbs/descents, aerobic/anaerobic. Just don't get complacent!

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