August 7, 2018
I'm just getting back into MTB after a 10 year hiatus. I wanted to start off small and just get use to pedaling and my bike (just built). This was the perfect trail for that! It is relatively flat for the whole loop which is just over 8 miles. After 2 weeks of rain, it was, amazingly, pretty dry. And this place is in the lowlands with swamp areas.
There is nothing technical about this trail. You just pedal. I doubt most riders need to change their gears more than 2-3 times. Of course, when you start seeing the gator signs and swamp on both sides of the trail, you may be changing gears just in case.
I like the trail. Lots of wildlife. Saw deer, wild piggies, and a hawk that had a fish in its talons. Pretty cool. I did not see any gators but I'm sure they are there.
This is a beginners trail. And there is nothing wrong with that. It's a relatively short ride through some beautiful country.
The Refuge is closed on Mondays and you may be sharing the roads with hikers and cars. I didn't see a single person or vehicle on the Tuesday I rode there.