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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +175/185 ft
Total: 351 riders
 

Mountain Biking Graham Swamp

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#10 of 281 mountain bike trails in Florida
#332 in the world

A fantastic long trail with heavy climbs and switchbacks. Not marked very well in some areas, however, following the path is very easy. This trail will take you through different environments: along the swamp, flat woods, rocky hills, and thick forest. Trail can be sandy if it hasn't rained in awhile. Although there is quiet a few flat and smooth areas, it is mostly a challenge with steep climbs and fast drops that'll be a surprise around the corner. Expect wild life to be roaming around, as this is a conservation area. There is no doubt that this trail will leave you beat after 7 miles. Mala Compra is right down the road if you're ready for another ride.

There are restrooms, water, and a bike station about a quarter mile south of the parking lot at the Lehigh Trailhead. You can ride the sidewalk here.

Before you go
  • Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
South I-95 to Hwy 100 exit 384, head east. At 2nd light, turn left on Colbert. About 2 miles north is a small brown sign that says "Graham Swamp" on the left. Parking lot is dirt. North I-95 to Palm Coast Parkway NE, head east. Four blocks down, turn right on Colbert. About 3 miles south is a small brown sign that says "Graham Swamp" on the right. Parking lot is dirt.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Flagler Beach, Florida

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Beginner | 7 mi

Rider questions

Q: Can I bring my dog
A: I would not recommend it. I always find hikers on the trail a bit of a safety hazard. Nearly every trail in the state has them. I hate the double standard of not being allowed to ride on their hiking only trails, and yet they seem to be all over ours. I have gotten hurt a few times due to hikers being in the bottom of a drop zone. Hard to avoid them without getting hurt when you have so much speed.

Q: I can't find a single track. I'm new in town I'm here at the conservatory it says Graham swamp. But it's not a single it's a double that's flat please tell me where to go
A: Correct, enter the trail on the south side of parking. System runs clockwise. You'll come back to parking via north side. There are some climbs....short, nasty, rooty ones.... enjoy!

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  • T1ZZL3
    ****

    This trail kicked my butt. I was not prepared for the assents that this trail had. I terribly underestimated Graham Swamp. It also did not help that it was 100 degrees.

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  • Daniel_Sheets
    ****

    Technical enough to keep you guessing what is next.Very well built and maintained.Mostly all natural features which I prefere.I would rate it in the top 10 in Florida.

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  • Hunu
    *****

    Fellow pizza & beer seniors: this trail will kick your ass. Less than half is typical Florida, ducking low branches, hopping roots stuff. Mostly it's relentless steep hills. After a mile I was gasping, walking my bike up half the hill because I couldn't power through, even in granny gear. I loved the skinnies and robust decents...at least those mild enough for my XC bike which exceeded it's 4" travel numerous times. Have fun but you will be winded.

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  • Redfish Reaper
    *****

    Awesome trail, you can ride it every week and never get bored. Perfect if you have solid technical skills or just good judgement to avoid a nasty wreck. Most of the trail has great sprint climbs followed by some short, steep, drops. By far the best trail around, no comparison to the nearby Mala Compra. Ride this if you like a challenge.

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  • Rmckay
    *****

    What a great trail. Just rode it for the second time. Steep drops, tight turns and plenty of hills. Great for any intermediate rider and above. It's definitely not for kids or the faint at heart. Rode great all day until the last mammoth jump. Crashed hard on the right side into my bros bike. Two bent wheels(his) and one cracked helmet(mine:). Best day riding yet.

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  • Seymore Braap
    ****

    Little spongy and a little sandy in some spots, but not bad at all. Only bummer is my truck got broken into.

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  • ZHutch
    *****

    If you're looking for a ride that tests your stamina and riding ability. This is the place to go. Trails are kept in great condition and there are obstacles/jumps at every turn. There is opt- out turns for beginners so don't shy away.

    In all one of the best trails in Florida

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  • theothermillion
    *****

    This trail is the hardest overall I've ridden yet! Lots of steep, climbs with roots and rocks but the down hills are great!

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  • 1401tim
    *****

    very technical trail, in my opinion. It will leave you gasping for oxygen, as there is much climbing. Of course climbing is followed by descending which is what makes this trail enjoyable, we went back and did many descents a few times before moving on. It is a long trail but very worth the drive down (from Jax) and the effort needed to ride. Kudos to the crew who keep this trail in shape, great job!!

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  • GearGeek
    *****

    Youtube Ride Here: https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=lrAIesZtNNo

    A great trail for intermediate or advance riders! I would not recommend for a first time MTB adventure. It takes a good amount of endurance and skill. See you there!

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  • Coleslaw180
    ****

    A nice long track. Lots of steep technical climbs and steep drops. Not a beginner trail. More than likely you will see or hear wildlife.

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  • Tom K.
    *****

    Update from my last review regarding Hurricane Irma:

    The trail crew was working on the trail yesterday (all day). Currently, the majority of the trail is open thanks to these hardworking and dedicated individuals. I clocked 6.1 miles of open trail on my GPS today. The crew made a couple modifications around a couple flooded sections, but the trail is clearly marked.

    You can expect a few muddy sections in the lower half of the trail followed by sand, with immediate uphill climbs; pretty much the norm.

    Also, next weekend November 18 is Trail Fest; it's going to be a great time for those participating, again thanks to the trail crew.

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  • Tom K.
    *****

    I stopped by yesterday to ride Graham Swamp, and I admit it's been a while since I rode this trail. Luckily before riding I met an individual who helped clean up the trail after Hurricane Irma. He told me that only two of the seven mile trail is open... Since I really wanted a longer ride I to went to Mala Compra, which is just a couple miles a way...

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  • Cpt.Gummyworms
    *****

    Great trail, at least what I saw of it. I'm a beginner and ignored all the reviews that said "not for beginners". Turns out, everyone was right. What I did see of the trail was a ton of fun, but man was it hard. I'm surprised this is a blue trail.

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  • Benjumanji
    *****

    The best mountain biking Florida has to offer. Plenty of places to catch air; it has rock gardens, technical descents, steep/technical climbs, drops, and it all ends with a 20' table top jump. Not for beginners or those without a bit of stamina. It is only 7 miles but they are very tiring 7 miles. Best ridden after a lot of rain.

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