April 13, 2015
I live in Florida and was excited about riding these trails when visiting during a family trip. The new nature center is gorgeous with plenty of parking for bikers, hikers and visitors. My son and I checked the bulletin board to get bearings and started on Hawk Loop then connected to Norwood Loop. About 2 miles in to the ride we came across a rider going in the opposite direction. We pulled over to let him pass and he said in odd years the direction of riding is counter-clockwise. I didn't remember seeing trail direction of this web site or the trailhead bulletin board. Finishing the Hawk-Norwood Loops ride we came across another rider that told us again we were riding in the wrong direction. I replied with a quick "new here, almost done with this ride". Hawk Loop and Norwood Loop are great trails beautifully maintained and marked.
After a short rest we set off for Monbo Loop remembering to ride counter-clockwise. We encounter another rider going in the opposite direction and again were told we're riding the wrong way. My son and I chuckle because now we're confused. The guy said something about following the hiking signs and before 4pm, we replied "okay thanks" and kept riding. About mile 6 on Monbo yet another rider says 'wrong direction'. I replied "you're not the first to tell me I'm confused and almost done but not turning around". Then he says "I'm not asking I'm telling you." Seriously, that's what he said. I replied "have a nice day" and kept pedaling.
Finished with Monbo, by the way what a great trail, beautifully laid out and maintained, good climbs and downhills, easily our favorite trail. We again checked the bulletin board but could not find any information about riding direction. I was a little peeved with the last encounter but my son and I laughed it off as we rested and stretched.
We finished the day on Laurel Loop, this trail is a step up from Hawk, Norwood and Monbo. Steeper climbs and descents with technical sections at the bottom of descents and top of climbs. Our legs couldn't take the entire 9 mile Laurel Loop so the cutover shortening the trail to 4.5 miles was welcome.
I would definitely recommend these trails, hopefully a local club will post ride direction on the trailhead bulletin board for visitors.
July 17, 2015
dont worry about the riders on the monbo loop they were WRONG it is counter Clock Wise on odd years and Clock Wise on Even Years on All Trails
I Recommend riding the Wild Life Loop and its sub Loops Fox loop and Fallstown Loop but i would do it on an even year because on an odd year you will be doing mostly up hill and on an even year mostly down hill
how you get to the trail is ride your bike out of the park and take a left on Wild life Road and it will be on the left it can also be connected to Laurel Loop as laurel loop has an extension from it going to wild life road so look for where laurel loop comes to the road and just go straight across the road from where that is