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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: -
Total: 24 riders

Mountain Biking Palmetto Trail

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#110 of 285 mountain bike trails in Florida
#3,551 in the world

First trail, in what will be a series of single-track trails here. Trail entrance is just off to the right of the park gazebo. Currently 3.4 miles of what will be 5, to the campsite along the Myakka River. TRAIL IS NOW FINSIHED. Beautiful views of Myakka River.

First added by Pake on Apr 10, 2014. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
I-75 to exit 191. South on River rd. Left onto East River Rd. North entrance to Myakka State Forest is about 1 mile on the right.
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Q: What is the address to the trailhead
A: 8938 E. River Rd, Venice, Fl 34293-7629

Q: 8938 E. River Rd, Venice, Fl 34293-7629

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  • JBartOne

    Area is beautiful to get out into nature. I took the North Loop and had a great ride. I would guess the trails don’t get ridden very often, the “single track” wasn’t visible for 90% of the ride. It seems to just be a trail that gets mowed every once in awhile. You just ride along through the weeds where the mower went last week. I would try it again just to see if I can find the single track that previous reviews mention

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  • Doug Marker

    Rode the Palmetto today. Pretty wet from the recent rain. Finally ran into enough water at 4.5 mile mark that I'd had enough. Lol! Didn't make it clear to the river. First ride on my new bike. Solo ride. Simple trail but good exercise. Thanks Real Bikes of Englewood for suggesting the spot. Look forward to many more rides on many more trails. This was a good beginner trail for me. Many thanks to the people that developed this trail and it looks like there is great potential for other trails in the area. Nice and close for me.

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  • Pake

    If you can't handle roots, you might want to stay on roads or maybe improve your skills.

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  • Pake

    SCORR (Sarasota County Off Road Riders) built the trail.

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  • LowDawg

    Great out and back trail; ride among the pines; stay out of the water if possible. Trail has some water after rain.

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  • Pake

    A 5 mile "out and back" trail, to the Myakka River. Lot's of curves to keep you paying attention. Ride among the tall pines and palmettos. See a variety of wildlife. Relax at the end of the 5 miles out, next to the river.

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