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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +208/152 ft
Total: 129 riders

Mountain Biking The Rock Trail

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#50 of 283 mountain bike trails in Florida
#2,342 in the world

Trail starts with some ups and downs with one steep drop. Then it climbs a dirt road before it goes into the woods for several miles of twisty singletrack. There are some open areas with a good grassy climb. This is a new trail and more singletrack will be added in the near future.

First added by searsandrewj on Sep 16, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 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 I-75 go about 2.3 miles west on Newberry road. As Newberry road starts a gradual descent go left on a blacktop road, which is opposite NW 109th Dr. There is usually a sign that says "The Rock". Park anywhere in the grass. Trail starts about 50 yards from Newberry road on the right.
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  • gmathis

    Glad I checked it out! A little bit of everything here, nice flow and a good workout too. I just kept finding more trails that went on forever and yes, there are some roots, but that's mountain biking!

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  • acrmedic

    This is a great trail found on the west side of Gainesville. It is a fairly easy trail with some good intermediate challenges thrown in. The advanced section at the beginning will challenge some riders, though is easily bypassed if needed. The trail runs around 5 miles, with a jump track in the middle. This trail can get overgrown in the summer, as it doesn't get the maintenance as often. There are a group of dedicated riders that do a great job in keeping the trail running. All in all, this is a great local trail to enjoy.

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  • Bruza54

    This place has a little bit of everything. I could easily ride this place everyday. Nice little climbs for some downhill fun in a few sections!

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  • Aron213

    Trail has recently been cleared for the most part after Irma went through, the trails across the fields were recently mowed. I have been seeing more vehicles in the parking lot and it looks like the trail is getting used more.

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  • yaknbike

    Rode Oct. 21, 2017 my annual trip to Gainesville and The Rock trail. Some huge trees down from hurricane Irma in the drop area which is not rideable at this time. The main trail is open and rideable with a few detours and lots of twigs and debris. This trail can be great but needs a lot of TLC and a lot more wheels riding it. Yes it's rooty, but stlll a fun ride. Lets not keep this a secret. It's a shame to let this trail get so neglected.

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  • Joe Rayno

    Rode this trail twice while in town visiting friends. It's a nice single track through a wooded area that has a few sections that bring out through a field to connect back to the woods. Not a lot of difficult sections, but a fair amount of roots in some areas. This 5 mile loop was a grest way to spend an hour. If you're in Gainesville, definitely check it out.

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  • Kelly R Wakeley

    Nice little downhill section with some jumps. A little overgrown and the direction signs were kind of confusing. Lots to do for all experiences. Slightly overgrown and the the bridges and stuff am really mostly destroyed now.

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  • j pesos

    real nice workout but the back side trails need some maintenance

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  • Bthompson5

    Ride the rock just before Easter. Very enjoyable trail, some technical rooty parts and even one decent drop off. Trail was in good condition and well marked with red pennants

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter

    Nice, underutilized trail close to greater Gainesville. Nothing too tough but plenty of roots throughout the ride. Trail meanders in and around oak and pine forest that borders a hay meadow. There are a couple of ravines to spice up the ride and challenge beginner and light intermediate bikers. Fun factor will increase after a spin or two around the loop.

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  • *****

    There are definitely some more technical aspects to this trail. A true beginner would not have much fun but could make it start to finish I suppose. I've ridden the trail probably 10 times now, usually in reverse (trail lightly populated so it's not really a problem) and always find new parts of the trail to enjoy. The beginning section is a shit load of fun with an exciting, rooty downhill, followed by a small ramp and options of either a strobe drop (expert only though I did it and I'm the epitome of intermediate) or a steep downhill. The beginning section however does not flow into the rest of the trail nicely at all. This is probably the best track in Gainesville. Not perfectly kept but it is kept.

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  • Alex Schmitt

    Interesting trail. The dual slalom is nice and I think one of the saving graces for this trail. The singletrack is nice but not to well marked. I spent a good amount of time trying to figure out the right way to go. When you first go down south on the gravel road take it all the way to the trees and then go east and you will see the entrance in to the rest of the single track. People talked about a huge drop here but I couldn't find it. I followed the race signs and race trash but seemed to miss about half a mile of the trail. It seemed like a bandit trail with how little it was maintained.

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  • Zeke McLeskey

    I tried this trail somewhere in between a beginner and an intermediate. I've only been riding a couple months at San Felasco. That's my only real comparison other than a couple other local 3 stars. I found this trail to be very good for someone at my level. There are lots not too difficult technical stuff like ramps, but there's also some more difficult things like tight bridges. I was very impressed with all the technical things that someone took the time to build and place out here, and like other's mentioned there's a nice flow to the whole thing. There's a very steep down hill and then back up, which I found to be the most challenging (but also the most fun).

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  • jbond352

    This is a great trail, considering that it is just outside the "heart" of Gainesville. A short drive from the Oaks Mall, the rock trails will get your heart pumping after work or between classes at the University. This 5 ( /-) loop is a great ride for anyone who wants to put some miles under their legs and challenge themselves on the strobe drop or several other bridges or features geared towards more advances riders or the intermediate that wants a challenge. Overall, I give this trail 3 stars because of the mud. This trail retains water very badly and needs at least 3 days to dry out after a storm before it is ridable.

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  • *****

    This track was a welcome challenge. I fancied myself a beginner, but my hubby and I rode with a guy who has been riding this trail for years and he said he was impressed with my stamina. I have to say I'm looking forward to returning to this trail to train and gain confidence in my riding.

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  • trentsavage

    Lots of fun, fast with plenty of good corners. Well maintained and clean. I would recommend this trail to most riders. Give yourself plenty of time out there, lots to see.

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  • rm240sx

    On our way back north from santos we decided to stop by and check this place out for about an hour. Everything there seemed pretty nice. We rode the dual slalom, which was very fun and seemed decently kept up. We also did the strobe drop and some of the expert trails which were fun. Overall, if your in the area stop by, its worth it if you like some xc, tech, or freeride. Ill be going again when im in the area!

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  • aeathb

    The Rock is awesome. The dual slalom is legit, and the trails are pretty cool. It's a good place to go to go biking fast. The trails are wide enough you can really put your foot down, and the dual slalom is hard packed (clay?) and you really get moving. Beginner friendly!

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