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Level: Intermediate
Length: 4 mi (6.4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +31/35 ft
Total: 78 riders
 

Mountain Biking Moses Creek

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#229 of 282 mountain bike trails in Florida
#11503 in the world

The trail has large sections with palm roots and some tight switchbacks which tend to slow the flow down on the first half of the trail. There are also so great bridges and technical features currently and being built. The second half of the trail has somewhat of a better flow (less palm roots- but unavoidable in NE Florida)Trail is fairly new so the path is being ridden in, however it is marked fairly well (bike signs and blue squares).

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 2, 2012. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
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  • Lift service: unknown
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  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
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Trail head starts and ends at the east entrance of the Moses Creek Conservation Area off of State Rd 206. Trail is marked for bikes..
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  • flcaddis
    ****

    Today was my first visit, and I'll be back. The trail was well-maintained and had good signage. There are roots, but they are low. Bridges and ramps are marked, and many have bypass trails. Sight line is good for switchbacks, so you know what's coming. There is sugar sand on the main trail through the property, but the bike trail is well-packed.

    There are several scenic views along the marsh, but the only bench I saw was a picnic table at the northern tip, overlooking the creek.

    Wear sunscreen (though much of the trail is canopied) and bug spray. Bring plenty of water as there are no refill stations that I encountered.

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  • Lachicdina
    ****

    Great intermediate trail. Rode it for the first time today. Cool weather makes it fun.

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  • Marcilowman
    ****

    Great flowy ride through woods, over creeks. Not technical, well marked. I strongly recommend entering through East Trailhead, especially if there's been rain. West was so muddy and mucky I almost gave up. Trail begins maybe 100 yards up from east trailhead on the east and takes you through a 4-mile loop back to just north of where you started. Warning: check for ticks after ride. Some guys coming in gave me that advice and I pulled 7 off my pants and skin.

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  • ang_mathis
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    This trail was fun for me. I'm new to mountain biking (got my bike in February.) I enjoyed the bridges because I find those to be a challenge but they're not super intimidating that you can't try them. And if you get too nervous you can just walk over them or there's bail out trails. They did a good job at building some new wooden trails over the fallen trees from hurricane Matthew. I took my hardtail but considering how many roots I had to get over, I'll be bringing my full suspension next time.

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  • doty_hikes_doty_bikes
    ****

    This was my first time ever mountain biking. My friends told me this was a good beginner trail, very easy. They lied, it is not easy from a beginners POV. There are a lot of quick turns, PLENTY OF ROOTS, some small wood ramps over trees, a couple more serious technical features, and some more roots. It's fun! But does require a certain level of athleticism, and bike skills. I will ride this a few more times before heading to mala compra and then eventually graham. You should do at least two passes.

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  • John Jackson
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    The trail is a mess still since the hurricane and unrideable. The feature bridges are unsafe do not ride this trail till it can be rebuilt it is not safe......go down to mala camera or graham swamp

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  • Joshua Lawrence
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    Like Everyone has said, it's a great starter trial.. I believe this is a good trail for colder months when the flies and ticks slow down. I just rode this trail two days ago and I pulled five ticks off of me and ran into 3 or so spider webs. I thought the trail was fun with a lot of great views since the first half runs right along the creek. There are 2 or 3 technical features that were not in good shape from the hurricane, along with 2 or three downed trees that you will have to get off of your bike for. This was my first time here and I thought the trail was really well marked, didn't really having a problem navigating it. They are obviously still working on the clean up from the hurricane, and I am sure they are getting it cleaned up (a lot of spray painted trees that say cut or leave). All in all I would recommend this trail in the colder months for a nice, easier ride.

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  • Chaselandorf
    ****

    It is a fun starter trail. There is some tech in the trail, but nothing fancy. However, there is a lot of brush, so you will be picking 10 to 15 ticks off of you at the end of your ride.

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  • McCrevis
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    Just rode this trail for the first time. I would consider myself an intermediate rider who hasn't been on a bike in a couple years. This trail is perfect for those starting out and/or starting back in MTBing. All the other reviews and descriptions are pretty accurate. The trail starts a little slow with the roots and switchbacks but then the flow picks up in the middle of the course. Towards the end of the course there are more roots but still a faster flow than the beggining. I did have to stop at some of the downed trees but it was more due to me never riding this trail. The obstacles seemed pretty basic to get over/around. I did not experience the ticks yet but I was obviously the first rider of the day due to the numerous spiderwebs I cleared. Only one fly bite but he ultimately paid with his life.

    I was initially unsure where the MTB trail began but it was easy to see once I started down the service road. The trail was very well marked with signs and blue squares/arrows. Even at the road intersections, it was obvious which way to go (usually straight across).

    This is a fun simple course that all can enjoy and a great introduction in to mountain Biking.

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  • scube54
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    I rode the trail in March. It was a fun trail with some tight twisty turny in the forest. Some great views of the river. It is a beginner trail but fun for everyone,

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  • Ron Ellenbecker
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    This is the trail I have been broken in on so my rating may be off.

    I like the trail. Easy enough for a 50-year-old semi-in-shape person who just started riding. I use a Wal-Mart Special MTB. It works. I also have the luxury to have an experienced rider along with me. I've rode this trail twice now.

    Some of the bridges need attention but are stable and safe. Roots aplenty throughout. Not much in the way of climbs and downs but enough for a decent workout.

    It doesn't get used much so yes, there are a LOT of spider webs/spiders. Most are what I call banana spiders and harmless although can get quite large. When you get smacked in the face with them it's a bit intimidating but they are harmless other than an annoyance. Perhaps a seasonal thing as well. There are ticks. A lot of them. Use something like Deep Woods Off. But you will still get some on you. It's the woods. Have to expect critters.

    There is some good scenery in a couple of places. Not too tough on the turns, etc. Biggest obstacle is a downed tree that takes a very experienced rider to get over otherwise you have to bail out and walk your bike over it. My point man (an experienced rider of many of the Florida trails) bails on this one. It's got a good canopy for riders so it is a good deal cooler on the trail which is a bonus. I personally think it is four miles of fun.

    It would be nice if there were maps in the map container. In some places where it crosses breaks (cars/horses) the trail is not clearly marked but not so bad you can't figure it out, even for a novice rider. I'll probably ride this trail until my confidence grows enough that I am comfortable on the trails.

    Considering I only have half of a right hand. Riding this one is nice as it is not too tough on newbie riders. My point man calls this one somewhere in between easy and intermediate due to the roots and some of the logs/technical maneuvers required. My assessment is not too tough but tough enough to be enjoyable.

    My advice... it's the woods. Use bug spray. Mind the spiders and ticks. But... that comes with the territory if you ride trails in wooded areas.

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  • TINman73
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    I rode this trail on 7/13/14 and despite the warnings in the other reviews about the bugs I decided to ride it anyway...Poor decision. The trail looked like it had hardly been ridden. I knew it was going to be flat and slow and nothing like the trails in the Charlotte, NC area where I am from. I that respect I would say it is a decent trail given its location and the topography of the area. Plenty of obstacles, log jams and skinny bridges. Most of the logs were pretty big and difficult to get over without hanging up at the slower speeds (maybe after a few rides the speed would pick up and these wouldn't be a issue). The bridges were VERY slick, treacherous. This is mostly due to not enough traffic on them. There were also a few places with large trees down across and along the trail. Definitely needs some TLC.
    Now on to the bugs! There were spider webs EVERYWHERE (once again not enough traffic). At one point I felt something hit my back so I stopped and shook my jersey only to see a fist sized spider fly off my back. Where there was a tree down along the trail I had to dismount and leave the trail and push my bike through the woods to get around. This is where I was subjected to a multitude of chigger bites from knee to ankle on my right leg. Once I made it back to the parking area I did a quick assessment of myself and removed about 10 ticks from my legs.

    On a lighter note, the scenery was beautiful but I didn't dare stop to take any of it in because if you stop then the deer flies would catch up and start swarming my head.

    Once again, for what it is, it seemed like a decent trail for the area but the bugs ruined it for me. I'm sure that is why it seemed to be unused. Maybe during a different season it would be a pretty nice ride.

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  • Wryfox
    ***

    45 minute drive for me to this trail. Wanted to check it out as several friends had been there. This may not be a fair review about overall conditions but I'll be honest about conditions on the day I rode it. I was the only person there the whole morning so my perspective is fresh trail conditions. First thing to know is the trail sign is not directly on the inbound fire road. The trail entrance is very narrow and on the right side about 150yds up, with the sign about 6 ft off the road onto the trail. If you aren't looking for it carefully you will miss it. Having never been here I rode a couple miles along the fire roads thinking I would come across the entrance. When I got back to the parking lot, I looked more carefully and finally saw it. The jungle growth has been tremendous the past couple weeks due to heavy rains so the trail and the sign were partially obscured. The trail overall was very wild and wooly due to to the intense overgrowth..I was wacked by limbs, vines and hopping downed tree trunks along the way. My luck this day was to be the first rider so although it is called Moses Creek I would rename it Spider Creek. The spider webs were so dense I had to bailout about halfway around, I couldn't take it anymore! The final straw was while riding over one of the raised wood platforms through the swamp and a 3ft wide web right smack in front of me (face level of course). Nice little 4 inch beauty in the middle. The dense underbrush makes it hard to see webs until they're right in front of your face so I slammed on the brakes for this giant one and slid off into the swamp. Found the next bailout and got back to the car and peeled the multiple webs off my helmet, shoulders....front forks and cables were white with sticky web. Counted 18 bites from ticks, gnats, and probably a few spiders. Bottom line is this is not a summer trail. I'm sure my experience is not typical! I'll try it again in the fall, and with some riders ahead of me. :)

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  • Todd Maure Sr.
    ****

    My family is new to Mtb and we love it! This is the second place we went riding at and it was very enjoyable for a nice leisure ride for my wife and I and fast enough for both of our boys and their friends. Beautiful scenery and just a pleasant ride.

    Sure there are ticks there, but so what you pull them off and you're good to go :)

    Not much in the way of technical features like Mala Compra, but still enjoyable.

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  • puglieseme
    ***

    I enjoyed this trail for the time trial they had this past December. It's definitely a good trail to work on speed and turns, but it would probably not be entertaining to riders who want climbs, descents and jumps as it lacks these features. They do plan on adding on to it and I am looking forward to see what's in store for it in the future. And I will definitely come back for another time trial! Oh yeah, and beware of ticks during tick season - I've heard they are rampant out there during the summer months.

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  • shaitan69
    ***

    Rode this trail for the first time today, and I have to agree with the other reviewers about the roots. The first section is full of roots, and some tight twists, but then it opens up a little and the roots become less cumbersome. The trail is pretty fun, and although it seems like it hasn't been ridden that much, I think it will in the future deserve a rating of 4, once broken in. The trail can be broken down into maybe 8 sections, due to forest roads that run through the area and bisect the trail. Each section is 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile each. The first section is full of roots and lots of palmettos growing back up on the trail, but after crossing the first forest road the remaining sections that I rode (I only did 1-4, then rode out on a forest road) opened up nicely and had a good flow. The trails are very well marked, with blue diamonds every 50-100 ft and signage alerting riders to bailouts around the technical features. There are several bridges and a couple of elevated walkways over fallen trees that provide a nice challenge. Around the 4th section the trail reaches the area around Moses Creek, and there are several undulating sections with quick drops and then climbs out of the bottom of the creek bed. The elevation can't be more than maybe 20 feet up and down, but after the extreme flatness of the first 3 sections its a fun change. The 4th section is where the trail reverse and heads back to the entrance, but once I entered the 5th section there was a tree that had fallen across the trail in the past week or two, and I bailed out due to time constraints. If you have a chance its probably worth at least one run, and maybe more; I haven't been many other places, but I can see it at least comparing to Hanna Park in the future, and definitely more fun than Guana. It just needs some breaking in and maybe a few more technical features. One bad thing is the ticks..they are thick out here, don't forget bug spray..also yellow flies will eat you alive during their active seasons. I look forward to riding out here again many times in the future.

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  • kevprides
    ****

    Rode this trail on its official opening day and had a fun time. It's a higher intermediate skill level trail with its sharp turns and lots of large roots to ride through. It also has some nice elevated bridges, a few flowy spots and a pretty scenic overlook about halfway. I wouldn't recommend beginners attempting this trail except on the fire roads that run thoughout to property. With the work the voluteers are doing here, this trail can only get better.

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