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Level: Beginner
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: 4x4 Trail
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +219/159 ft
Total: 7 riders

Mountain Biking Bear Island Trail System

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#254 of 281 mountain bike trails in Florida
#11903 in the world

This is a series of old mining and Oil/Gas roads. They aren't spectacular mountain biking trails, but they allow you to see parts of the Big Cypress Nation Preserve that you can't see from your car.
They are mostly flat with no real challenges. I did see a bear, a few osprey, alligators, a whole variety of wading birds, and a dusky pigmy rattlesnake.
It was interesting to see the terrain there in the northwest corner of Big Cypress National Preserve from my bike.

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 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-75, take the exit for Highway 29 and go north about 4 miles. The parking area is on the right. You have to go through a gate. Make sure you shut and latch the gate because this protects the Florida Panthers.
As you are traveling north you have the Florida Panther preserve on your left and the Big Cypress National Preserve on your right.
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    Don't waste your time, travel, or gasoline to get there

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  • LowDawg

    Great easy afternoon trail. Mostly flat gravelly roads, except Ridge Trail section, which is dirt/grass with some roller-coaster humps and some mud.

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  • LowDawg

    Great family run. Most trails are flat, gravelly roads. Except the Ridge Trail which is dirt and a bit of roller-coaster to it. Also a bit muddy in spots.

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