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Level: Intermediate
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Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +85/ -118 ft
Total: 34 riders

Mountain Biking The Powerlines

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#95 of 285 mountain bike trails in Florida
#3,145 in the world

Once on the trail, go straight. You will reach an open meadow that makes for a screaming downhill - perfect place to tune your suspension. At the bottom fo the first decent, there is a nice open climb to the top of another decent. At the end of the second decent, turn right into the woods. At the "T," go to the right. Follow the trail. There's some really good singletrack in the woods, just look around for it.

First added by stripes on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 2020. → add an update
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  • 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
"Take N. 16th Ave West, as 16th crosses NW 34th St, it becomes 18th, and then NW 23rd Ave. Follow 23rd Ave west (about 5 or 10 miles) and cross over I-75.
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  • OliverBikes

    The trail was not well maintained in some spots, but on the middle and right side of the trail, the trail is visible and fun. There is a river crossing and a bridge that are fun to session and learn to ride through. If you ride down the power lines, you might have to climb a long way as it doesn’t have many trail entrances on the side. It is definitely worth going down it as long as you can climb well.

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  • NateTriplett

    Is this trail still open? I'd like to check it out but I don't want to run afoul of the property owners.

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  • jbond352

    This is one of the coolest trails in Gainesville. Whenever I want to go drink and ride, this is the trail for me. Coors, bud, miller... this trail is totes beer-ride-able!

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  • spoiltrider

    your facts are all wrong! its not cotton fletcher, its his brother richard. and you bike riders don't have the right to 1. talk bad about them and 2. ride on the private property back there. i have only run into 1 nice rider who had the brians and kindness to yeild to me while on my horses. he was cool. the rest of you...well you throw your water bottles out and you have trashed the place and you act like you have the right to ride. you don't!

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  • spoiltrider

    thank you for your post. sounds like you have respect for the fletchers, and other landowners, and i appreciate your comment.

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  • spoiltrider

    the signs get torn down all the time. NONE of that land back there is public land. It is ALL private property. you riders have thrown trash all over the place and act like you have the right to ride back there, when you don't. I had a run in with a rider today, a smart mouth SOB who told me I was trespassing on MY OWN family land! He is and idiot and now all of you are subject to my anger!


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  • Bonsai-CP

    This is private property and there is "No Trespassing" signs up, but they are being taken down by disrespectful individuals, kids & adults alike.
    You will be "Trespassed" if caught out there, though i doubt that would stop any of you. I have personally met with the landowner over this issue. At least you could clean after yourself. This unethical behavior just makes me sick, even as a fellow MTBR.

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  • IdahoLife   ✓ supporter

    I have never seen any no trespassing signs out there and i frequently pass other riders and people working out there and no one ever tells me to leave. The trail is great out there and there are a good amount of miles to be had. Trail is easy to follow and really good singletrack.

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  • spoiltrider

    i get so sick of seeing you people ride in and out of this family property. several times i have been riding my horses and you come zooming through spooking!! us. please note that you do not have permission to be back there and i call "the old man" to sick him on ya. You should be donating $7 per rider in my opinion, and you should NOT throw out your water bottles. How about a little respect for the family who pays the taxes on this property. I see you everyday! can you not read the NO TRESPASSING signs put up by the owner? duh...* Review edited 9/15/2010* Review edited 9/15/2010

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  • gpartain

    Got to ride most of the trail yesterday. There is a large loop that we we accesed from the neighborhood acroos from the rock. The entrance is at the end of NW 12th Dr. We went in and went left got a good 8 mile loop out of it. It is in good shape on that end and looks like someone has worked on it recently. Great ride if you are doing the rock and need some extra miles.

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  • thompsonluke12

    Hey GALAXY
    I run out there a lot and wish I could run on the single track but ever since I ran across a rattlesnake (or whatever kind of poisinous snake it was), I've just been sticking to the main powerline roads. Never ran across Fletcher (owner) but I do run by the GRU guys frequently and they don't seem to care.

    And I think I should add that if you're going to the quarry to watch out for the people that live in the surrounding area...came across a guy with a tractor out there and had to turn around.

    And the cave is sweet but it's extremely narrow but I've explored it and it does open up about 15-20ft back and to the right.* Review edited 4/19/2010

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    I went out there again today and hit the trail that runs parallel to the main powerline road and it was just awesome.Very well ridden trail and the flowing downhill singletrack is just great to lose yourself in and get into the flow.

    The area is mostly owned by G.R.U. and they provide the no trespassing signs on the powerline road so what I do is stay in the woods and I've had no problem.Bubba can't chase you down if he never sees you...be a cat.

    To get to the quarry,go down the main powerline road from 23rd,when it goes left at the bottom of the hill,follow it and keep an eye out on your right for a trail that drops off the road into the brush and follow it,just keep going.It will look like you're headed off to nowhere but will eventually put you out at a fence line,go left to the end of the fence and be careful,it's a long way down!

    There is a good amount of trail in the woods and if everyone can manage to be low key about it and stay in the woods,we won't have a crackdown on it like in the past...just be smart.

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  • zaphodb43

    Trail looked like it would be pretty fun was about spent by the time we got there from the rock though.
    I am curious if there are some different entrances though. We were on our way out when Bubba f**ed us down in his truck & said if his Daddy caught us we would be heading straight to jail. I am all for an adventure as long as it does not end with me getting a cavity search.

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  • LiamPatrick

    awesome trail, been there with a friend a couple of times, but cannot find the quarry(s) can anybody give directions?

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  • FLMTBr

    This place was really cool, I rode with some friends I was visiting in town, It looked like it was a well ridden trail so I am not sure why it is showing as a closed trail. There are lots of people riding it.

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    I had been wondering if these were still open,this was my favorite area to ride and the quarry had been closed for awhile but the rest was open.

    There was everything there,if you wanted to climb for a good while and bomb down the powerline road,you could do it.If you wanted to take the technical,twisty singletrack through the woods to the top of the hill that was possible too.When the Quarry was still rideable,there were some very steep drops,fun jumps,and lots of rock surface...even a small cave to take a break in.

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