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Level: Beginner
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +308/247 ft
Total: 44 riders
 

Mountain Biking Crooked Creek

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#198 of 281 mountain bike trails in Florida
#11151 in the world

This trail is flat and sandy in places. Can get overgrown in some areas. Not the best designed trail; some areas have a lot of turns/"switch backs" but because of the design you can't take at speed. There is a pavilion and bathroom at the trail head.

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
Outside of Panama City, in the town of Ebro.
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  • Minh Nguyen
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    Ridden here numerous times when revisiting my parents that live in town. Trail is flat with quite a few turns. Absolutely not technical with the exception of a few sandy patches. The pine needles may hinder corner traction but overall its a pretty fun flat trail considering the area. Single speed friendly, full suspension is definitely overkill. 10ish miles so one could easily finish within an hour. Hot and humid the majority of the time, but catch it on a cool dry day and you could easily get top 10 on strava!-)

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  • bboehman
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    Nice solid ride if you are in the area as I was on vacation. I would hit it again for sure. Flat as others have said but it is a workout through the sandy areas. Great beginner trail for the younger ones in the family getting into the sport.

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  • Autocrat9
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    Flat with a good bit of sugar sand.... you can get a pretty good workout here though, as your always pedaling because there are no descents. I enjoyed it though, and I will be back when in the area.

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  • sowegagreek
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    Not very technical, but hard on you as far as pedaling through tough terrain, sand, mud, and water. Lots of twists and turns. There were many new fallen trees that I encountered on the rise as well. Make sure you bring water. Good hard cardio ride.

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  • Sheri571
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    This is not a particularly technical trail. The only real challenges are the sand and the fact that the trail was pretty overgrown (I rode it on Fourth of July weekend). I am a beginner (just started mountain biking about three months ago), and I found this trail to be quite rideable and even enjoyable (where the trail was firm). This trail is probably best ridden soon after a rain so that the sand is a little better packed down. Experienced riders should not overlook this trail because I think it has a little something to offer everyone. Intermediate and experienced riders can just ride for speed.

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  • rick417
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    Mostly flat, beginner trail that is good confidence booster for new mountain bikers. The trail is not pristine, therefore you will encounter challenges depending on your skill level. There are fallen trees, roots, and deep sand in places to negotiate. Also, it can get pretty narrow at times due to vegetation (depending on time of year). There are stickers and bushes that will scratch you, so leg, arm, and especially eye protection is highly recommended! The trail has a cut-off at about the 2 mile marker which gives about a 4.5 mile ride, or the full loop is about 9.25 miles by my GPS. Be sure to go to the Dutch Tiemann trail nearby (same park, so no additional usage fee).

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  • LowGear
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    I had a nice time on this trail. I did the full 10 mile circuit and like others have said, sandy sections are spotty throughout (no big deal) and is a flat ride with no coasting. Also like others have said, make it past mile 2 and the back stretch on through is much more enjoyable to me. A lot of trail at this time has seen a "prescribed burn" so it's much more open than before.

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  • stevebrandon
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    I rode this trail over the Thanksgiving weekend. The trail was dry and well packed except for occasional bog down in soft Florida sand. because its flat your peddling the whole time so you get a decent work out, no coasting. There were several trees laying across the trail to hop over. At some spots the trail narrowed such that the flora is brushing against your legs. They are well marked and well kept up, I had the trail to myself so it was a nice enjoyable experience.

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  • ****

    I found this trail on vacation and for a flat trail it's really fun. The trail is a little grown up but is very well marked and has plenty of ways out if you want to leave early. Not very strenuous of a work out but if you need a trail fix in Panama City this is it.

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  • Sletzer
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    Located close to the coast this trail is relatively flat and quite sandy in some spots. However, once you get on the back 6 or 7 miles of the trail it is much firmer soil with good flowy sections. While not a top tier trail, it is by far the best option in the area if you are near Panama City and need your MTB fix. I rode it twice in three days and enjoyed both rides for a good workout. Parking is $2 dollars on the honor system and there is a camp toilette at the trailhead. If down in this neck of the woods, I would definitely ride again.

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  • spanishnightmare
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    This trail was very sandy and very flat. Good for exercise but not too thrilling. I am glad people were willing to build this trail because it is much better than having nothing at all. I didn't get a chance to ride the whole trail due to time restraints but I did about 5.5. The back 6 miles may have been much better. I'm not trying to slam this trail, I'm just being honest.

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  • crackandfail
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    This trail has some sandy areas the first 2 miles in either direction from the trail head. The rest of the trail, past the short cut, is shady and fast. We, Panama City Flyers Bicycle Club, have added another mile past the 3 mile marker. Trail lenght is now 10 miles long. There are post at each mile. The Club does trail maintance on the second saturday of each month.* Review edited 2/7/2011

    * Review edited 2/7/2011

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  • matgruen
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    Crooked Creek (http://bit.ly/ah9RRN) and Dutch trail (http://bit.ly/bj4nRA) both starting at the parking ($1 fee) lot on Hgwy 79 south of Erbro are well maintained and flat out. A bit sandy here and there. During hunting season orange safety vest is mandatory. Very enjoyable.

    Similar Trail: Point Washington State Forest about 15 miles west: (http://bit.ly/bB9LHO) and (http://bit.ly/bxLgHe).

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  • mtbchuck
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    I should say that it is Florida, and it is near the beach, SO.. yes it is Sandy.. and it's Flat!
    Ok, that being said.. it is a great track to just get outside, and ride. 9.48 miles by my gps. Very flat, not technical, but isn't it just great to get outside and ride? I am from Tenn. SO, very different terrain. I am glad it is not my HOME track, but.. I love to ride.. so, When I am at the Beach I will be at Crooked Creek. I would rather ride here than on the hwy.
    They were doing some control burning during my ride. Kinda like riding in a video game in places.
    One dollar fee at entrance, place you buck in an envelope, with your car tag, etc.. and keep the tag.. and go!
    * Review edited 1/10/2009

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