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Level: Beginner
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +167/139 ft
Total: 88 riders
 

Mountain Biking Munson Hills

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Update 6/7/13:
This trail got a major upgrade in 2011. The vast majority of the trail was packed with layers of red clay, making the trail very hard and fast. There are now very few sandy areas. Turns have been banked and some moguls added. It's still not a technical trail, but it can be much faster than the description below implies, and there are still some nice tight areas to navigate. -VPJ

Old Description:
Trail is fairly easy. Sand in quite a few places that will sometimes firm up during the rainy season. Decent hills. Some good tight runs through the pine trees in a few places. There is also a designated short cut that will put the round trip at about 5 or 6 miles. Trail is fairly well marked but pay attention for there are quite a few illegal trails.

First added by alvin.santoy on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 9, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From the capital, take Monroe south to St. Marks Trail. Park in the St. Marks parking lot. Take the paved trail south 1 1/4 miles. Trail is on right.
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  • Mingear
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    Great trail complex with paved parking, restrooms, and potable water. The trails are generally shaded, single track, and flat with no structures besides a few downed trees. There is a LOT of sugar sand so be ready to burn your legs.

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  • Richard Shoop
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    I love the Inner Loop at Munson Hills. It is a fast flowy single track with some berms that you can get some good air off of. Great to ride even after a hard rain.

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  • Car_is_mi
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    Great spot for a beginner to learn technique on some smooth, flowy single track. Very few hills so be prepared to pedal the whole way. Some fun areas for riders of all levels if you can get your speed up, but remember, it's pretty much flat, so flat out for 12 miles isn't an option for most.

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  • UGAIX1971
    *****

    First time at Munson Hills, it was great for this beginner fast and fun. Trail was well marked. I will be back to try Twilight as well.

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  • etwert75
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    Fun, fast, hilly red clay hard pack single track with some nice wide banks. Pretty scenic forest/marsh environment, I had a blast! My route:
    Munson East>Twilight (which gets a bit sandy, but not too deep)>Munson West (maybe 8 miles or so?) Also right off of the St Marks Trail, so there are facilities and plenty of parking. Good people vibe, too.

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  • BWWise
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    Nice flow to this trail and can be ridden fast once you get familiar with the tight turns between trees. Good cardio workout, not technical in anyway; however, is a great night ride. Very enjoyable trail and well maintained.

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  • peter32257
    *****

    get munsoned. a unique trail that must be experienced. rides fast and fun, but also approachable to beginner skill levels. a fit roadie would luv this if just starting mtb.
    advanced riders will be thrilled too--scary as you wanna be.

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  • heavyd
    *****

    Munson is hard packed clay with a little sand here and there. It's flowy and had some berms and small jumps/pumps that you can roll over or jump. No roots or drops. Very easy trail. It reminds me of a long pump track. Fun but nothing technical.

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  • austin_austin28
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    Slow and boring. I would consider myself a novice rider & still was not challenged at all. This trail should not be listed as intermediate

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  • Janie W
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    Hard packed red clay made the Munson Hills part of the trail fast with some added rollers and berms. Loved the LUGE. It is just plain fun. The Twilight section was still mostly loose sand and is in the early stages of recovery from a prescribed burn.

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  • aewynn0915
    ****

    This is a great trail for taking beginers on, training for a reasonable long xc race or when you just need something different. this is a very fun trail. it is flat easy to flow with and fast paced. you can go very fast with almost no braking or stopping. also lots of little hill for getting a little air.

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  • aewynn0915
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    This is a great trail for taking beginers on, training for a reasonable long xc race or when you just need something different. this is a very fun trail. it is flat easy to flow with and fast paced. you can go very fast with almost no braking or stopping. also lots of little hill for getting a little air.

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  • Uberjody
    *****

    I had avoided this trail because of its beginner rating so I usually ride Tom Brown. This is a big chain ring work on your high speed cornering skills trail. Munson has some of the best flow of any trail I've ridden in Florida. Go ride it!!!!

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  • VPJ
    ****

    This is one of my favourites in the area. Not a technical track, but a fun ride through north Florida pine forest. The narrow and elevated section called the luge should not be missed.

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  • cyclingpops
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    Munson is a great place to bring your family to trail ride. Nothing really technical, just a nice packed flowing speedie trail. If you venture towards the gun range the nice clay packed trail goes back to sand and it's a tough ride no doubt. Check it out and have fun.

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  • colpotatos
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    It's a different ride from the other big trails in Tallahassee. You can keep it in the upper chain ring and put some miles behind you without having to dismount. Be forewarned you can really get the speed up and start to daydream because it's a hypnotic trail with no change in scenery and with no real technical challenges. There are many fast turns with trees around the perimeter and a layer of sugary sand on compressed clay. Mind your speed in the turns and allow yourself a couple hours.* Review edited 5/28/2012

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  • mtbtrucker
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    Great trail for getting in lots of miles at a fast pace. Although there are other trails in the Tallahasee area that are more technically challenging, I would recommend Munson Hills to rack up some base miles and work on cardio. There is another loop not shown on the trail map listed above, however, it doesn't appear to get as much traffic as there were a lot of shin slappers.

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  • jpetersm
    *****

    Munson Hills trail, South side of Tallahassee was the most fun I have had on a bike in a long time. Classic old Florida habitat of sand clay hills with long leaf pine and wire grass. Perfect open woods cross country, long low rolling hills, with a recently reconditioned trail bed, raised using red clay, banked corners, rolling grade breaks, an absolute blast on a mountain bike. Very fast and flowing trail with long sight lines, you can really open the lungs up and get a great workout here, I rode till lost, exhausted and laughing hysterically, Just kidding, but almost.
    Parking is best at the trail head for St. Marks trail, just 1/8 mile South of Capital Circle on Woodvine.
    That being said, some Internet information is incorrect and I had trouble finding the right trail head, then got lost the first time out, and slightly confused the second.
    A blast to ride whether your lost or not. * Review edited 12/31/2011

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  • _Lincesauce
    *****

    This trail is one of my favorites.

    They have recently redone most of the northern part of the loop. It is now a 50/50 sand /clay mixture in a very smooth path with plenty of bumps and angled turns.

    Go if you can.* Review edited 3/10/2011

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  • dback
    *****

    I'm new to this, but this is the best trail i have rode yet! It is small hills, but enough to get you going good down the back side. It is about 7.6 miles on gps from start to finish, with a good forest cover the whole way. Just when you start to get tired, up comes a down hill run to cool you off, it is a great trail for new riders. I'm hooked!

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