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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +86/ -99 ft
Total: 52 riders

Mountain Biking Carlton Preserve

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#47 of 285 mountain bike trails in Florida
#1,726 in the world

Trail is now open. This is a new trail system the SCORR (Sarasota Charlotte county Off Road Riders) Just built last spring and has been under water most of the summer. If you want to experience Florida riding at it's best, now is the time. You will get your feet a little wet, it will be 5 challenging miles, you'll get your heart rate up, your bike will get dirty, but you'll end up with a smile on your face.
Carlton Preserve
1800 Mabry Carlton Pkwy, Venice, FL 34292

First added by ediblefrog on Oct 19, 2013. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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1800 Mabry Carlton Pkwy, Venice, FL 34292
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Venice, Florida

Easiest | 12 mi
Intermediate | 10 mi

Rider questions

Q: I am just getting back into riding and I'm looking for a riding group when does everyone go out there I have written it twice now by myself but it's kind of boring that way
A: You can check out SCORR they organize and keep the trails open http://www.scorrider.com/

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  • Jettaguy2

    First visit to the Carlton/ Lincer Preserves and enjoyed my ride. Thanks to Sarasota County Parks and land managers for making this happen. Hit all but Boldly Go today. Nice prelude of grassy, wide trail that takes you to each trail spur, thoroughly enjoyed. Look forward to my next visit to try the Boldly Go 9.0 newly created trail by SCORR.

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  • atpace

    Stopped by today and the entire park was locked up with a sign that says "closed for seasonal flooding"

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  • mello mennonite

    Plenty of gravel and grassy trails. South Power Line connects Carton Preserve and Myakkahatchee Environmental Park. A huge gator is always to be spotted at the bridge 4 miles west of Myakkahatchee. Well marked trails maintained by Sarasota Co. free to park. Rest rooms at the trail heads. Pavilions, park benches, and picnic tables all around.

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  • stucco1

    Trail is perfect right now,best its get. Go ride

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  • veegaa4

    Parts of the trail (Boldly Go) were flooded and some parts were roped off as closed. Great trail to get some cardio in. Would love to ride it when passable all around.

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  • LowDawg

    Great intermediate trail...good workout...kept me on my toes(?)...markers a bit confusing at the ending, but still a good ride

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  • mtbgrl12

    This review is just for the Boldly Go section of trail in the Carlton Preserve. You can choose to make it a loop by connecting Boldly Go with the red trail access road back to the parking lot. I don't normally do that because I find the Red trail boring, hard, and not well marked. A good place to turn around is the second picnic table. If you decide to make it a loop instead of turning around, take a map.
    The Boldly Go section is well marked, and has some fun areas. It was built with a great deal of care and love by local riders.You have to give them credit, they did an awesome job considering what they had to work with, which is FL swamp and scrub. If you go in comparing it to trails in NC or TN, you might be disappointed. But FL has some pretty wilderness too. You can see lots wildlife on this trail, and most of the trail is in the shade, which matters in FL. The beginning of Boldly Go takes you through a sandy, rooty area, but keep going, it gets better.
    There is no fee for parking, and bathrooms are available at the park.

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  • dranilome

    Trail is flooded and closed, wear lots of bug spray, spiders, ticks etc.
    Not currently groomed.
    Make sure trail is pruned.
    Once in, you either make entire 10 mile loop or calculate a retreat.

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  • Craig Bush

    Rode this on 7/28/2014. It was very difficult to find the trail head. There were no signs on the roads leading to the park and once we found the park there no signs to direct us to the trail head. We got about 2.5 to 3 miles into the trail and ran into a lot a water/swamp and had turn around. The trail we rode was nice, more of a beginner level with a few roots.

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  • ediblefrog

    New section has just been built. trail system is now a 10 mile loop including the last couple miles on a fire road. The new trails are BRAND NEW so they are a little rough going but the more you ride them the better they will be!

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  • Pake

    Fairly new trail system, with nice, flowing track. More trails planned by S.C.O.R.R. Tuesday night rides. Contact them to join us.

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