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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +498/291 ft
Total: 307 riders
 

Mountain Biking Little Big Econ State Forest

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#107 of 282 mountain bike trails in Florida
#8135 in the world

Winding singletrack network, can be difficult to figure out the first time- study the map at the trailhead carefully, and even then it can take a few visits to understand the layout, because trails are poorly marked. However, the riding is excellent- starting north from the trailhead, the paths start easy then become more challenging near the creek and then up by the Econ River. The western half of the park features tight, technical riding to keep things interesting. Minimal elevation change, but some short rises near the creek or river. Jeep roads run throughout the park if a bailout is needed. Most resembles Hanna Park in Jacksonville, but the loop is longer if you ride the whole thing.

First added by alvin.santoy on May 8, 2020. Last updated May 8, 2020. → add an update
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Getting there
From Downtown Orlando, take 408 East to 417, and go North to the Red Bug Lake Road exit. Go East on Red Bug (name will change to Mitchell Hammock) to Lockwood Rd, turn Left and then Right at the next light, CR 419, aka Chuluota Rd. Follow 419 several miles, find Snow Hill Road on the left. Follow Snow Hill, you will see a sign entering the State Forest, bicycle trailhead is just under 1 mile past that sign on the left. Drive time from Orlando close to 30 min.
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Rider questions

Q: How do I not get eaten by a gator.... sorry I'm new to Florida
A: You can't avoid it. You are dead already and you don't even know it. The gators are coming for you...they are coming for us all. Seriously speaking though, just keep a healthy distance from them and they will leave you alone. Don't do anything stupid and you will be fine. Oh, and for the love of God, if you value your life DON'T SWIM IN LAKE JESSUP. That's all. Happy riding.

Q: where can i rent a mountain bike and equipment for a MTB ride around orlando ? i am an avid mountain biker. mainly trail riding. i will be in orlando for a few days in october and looking for a day ride. any recommendations for equipment rental shops and biking trails around orlando will be appreciated. many thanks
A: I recommend Kyle's Bike Shop near downtown. Great shop. They have Giant and Kona.

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  • Coasterking29
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    This park is not for beginners by any means. If your looking for smooth compact trails with big turns, do not approach. This park is for those who enjoy a technical challenge. Root game here is wild. Trails are kept up decently, but the rain and summer storms really tear it up and swamp the place. Show up on a cooler day with lots of water, low tire pressure, and dry conditions for maximum fun

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  • Oni1Kenobi
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    Sugar Sand. The trails are in bad need of some rain. Unfortunately for for this trail system, it's either mud, or sand. The trail crews do as good of a job as you could possibly do. But, it's an uphill battle.

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  • JoeMoney
    *****

    Great set of trails, lots of roots and sections can flood after heavy rain but always a blast! Great place to get some miles in.

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  • Ryan_D
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    Green and Blue for Florida. I didn't expect so many roots, but it would explain all FS bikes except my friend and me on hardtails. Still had a good time and I'll be back.

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  • Yankeegame
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    The only real issue I had were the lack of directional signs to the trail head etc.

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  • ****

    It's a fun endurance track. Careful of the gators.

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  • Shoeyjosh
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    Some technical challenges but not many. Would be nice if obstacles were added. Pretty much flat for all trails. You will see gators if it's a sunny day.

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  • Mike@MikeHolt.com
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    This trail can be as challenging as you like. Yes it's mostly green, but pick up speed and enjoy the switchbacks.

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  • 13013sts
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    Solid trail, definitely would recommend for anyone into dirt/trail mountain biking. Beautiful scenery with plenty of wildlife. For a 360 video of a portion of the trail, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDoUv27_BVg&feature=share

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  • Teter09
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    Area has different trails for different levels. Quite a lot of fireroads that trucks can ride on that are easy and wide open, but the sun is intense on these paths. Next are beginner level tracks with tight turns and some roots to navigate and minor (less than 6 inch) drops. Then there are more advanced trails with technical sections that have flow and drops averaging 12 inches to some that are 24 inches. Most of the larger drops ha e alternative paths to bypass them if you aren't up for them. Now has bathrooms and a bike wash at the main parking area. Great variety of trails close to Orlando.

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  • Xcalrider
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    Solid trail system close to Orlando UCF area. Make sure to grab a map trails are not well marked. Access roads are very sandy so only use if you must. Snake trail is also sandy. Meat head, two bridges, outback, zombie, Yahoo are all great trails you will be sure to enjoy.

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  • awakenedlotus108
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    I have a love/hate relationship with this trail. First the negative, there is a lot of sugar sand. A lot. Next the positive, it really is a great trail set and the trails were way better maintained than last time I rode them. They also put a bathroom at one of the trailheads... which is awesome!!! But it was locked... not awesome. Overall it is a good intermediate trail set.

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  • Vaughe24
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    About 30% of this trail is very sandy. The rest of this trail is flat with very few technical obstacles, climbs, or descents. Very scenic trail, though, with many great views overlooking Econlockhatchee River. Tons of wildlife including turtles, fish, birds, deer, and gators. To get the best out of this trail, I would recommend to get a good map or the map on Strava worked pretty good for me.

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  • Lillychiu
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    Trail SO difficult to understand - markers very difficult to find a lot missing. Very sandy. We rode 10 mi and got lost on way back. Tons of roots and nice natural obstacles - not an easy trail. Lots of sand. Trail along river very narrow and sandy not my favorite. This is a great ride but so badly marked that it was a bit stressful. Get a map from parking lot and map on your cell !!!!!

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  • Nicky-D
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    Was very pleased with my first trip out here. Started at the trail head and took the small path out of parking lot heading north along Snow Hill Rd to the bridge where we entered the trail at the bridge on the left. Very fun ride along the water with some narrow sections. Yahoo trail was the section with most soft sand, but keeping to the sides made it a more enjoyable ride. Pulled up an there had to be 30 cars parked there. Thinking it was going to be packed, we managed not to get in the way of too many more experienced riders. The trails were clearly marked for the most part, my main confusion was if I was heading the right direction. At a few points of the day we did turn around and found certain sections much easier to ride in a certain direction. Because of the confusion due to proper flow /direction of traffic (if there even is a particular flow to these trails) I didn't give this trail 5 stars. But there seemed to be endless trails to venture down and had a great time out there. The Snake Trail was a fun warm-up route before heading to the other sections.

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  • Landonrf13
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    Flowy fast trails in some sections. Technical, rooty sections with occasional drop offs on others. Can get muddy if it rains but it clears up pretty quickly. Intermediate is a good description. If you know a little about what you're doing on a bike you can handle it. Trails aren't labelled super well so you have to scavenge to find signage denoting the beginning of a trail. Parking is pretty good and shady but it's pretty unclear as to whether or not you are supposed to pay for parking despite the fact that nobody pays. I've heard people have been asked to pay for parking but not ticketed. Trail can have a lot of foot traffic from hikers and the may have dogs with them. Keep a look out. My favorite trail section is ditch of doom.

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  • WOODSWIZARD
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    Rode there on 12/29/2015, hadn't been in about 12 years after moving away from the area. Always loved riding here. This place is just plain fun! Definitely improved over time, signage is good, signposts are all over and maps available. Rode every trail there, took about 1hr 45 mins. Got a great workout and had a blast.

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