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Level: Intermediate
Length: 6 mi (9.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +26/54 ft
Total: 125 riders

Mountain Biking Turkey Creek

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#257 of 327 mountain bike trails in Florida
#9535 in the world

There's a little bit of everything here - up's and down's, roots, sand, rocks, creeks, climbs, and drops. This ride is only as difficult as you make it, because there is so much available back there. The best route is always the one you happen to find yourself on!

Before you go
  • No Drinking water
  • No E-bikes permitted
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter
  • No Fee required
  • No Lift service
  • No Night riding allowed
  • No Pump track
  • No Restrooms
Getting there
North on Babcock, East on Port Malabar, turn in to the Palm Bay Recreational Center and go to the back of the parking lot where the Palm Bay Library is. The main entrance to Turkey Creek is right there!
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(Feb 20, 2020)

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  • Wryfox

    Turkey Creek is a smaller loop that connects across Briar Creek road to the much larger Malabar Scrub. Both are similar and easy to think they are one trail. I park on Briar Creek and can go to either one (or both). Fun ride. I would say beginner to int. Advanced riders go to Grapefruit trail.

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  • lawmanfl

    A nice trail to get out and put in some cardio. It is not a difficult trail, but the variety of surface and technical sections will help zap your legs. It is a nice beginner trail or a cardio run for advanced riders. The summer is a burner, so get out early or bring lots of water.

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  • Billy Burton

    I really enjoy riding the Red loops. Lots of roots and some elevation change. The Blue trail is pretty decent with q few bridges to cross and challanging with the palmetto roots and some sandy sections. We have been having a lot of rain lately and that is helping the sandy sections be a little more enjoyable.

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  • johngataride

    Super sandy 10-mile track that is actually 4 trails combined together. Turkey Creek is the best of the four, but it's still not much challenge-wise.
    Nice views when riding alongside the creek, other than that, bring a ton of water, 'cause you're spending some time at the beach.

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  • Adodero

    Be warned: There are portions of this trail that are still under water from the Aug-Sept monsoon. While they are few, they are not passable and you'll have to turn around. So far the worst areas seem to be the Malabar Scrub yellow/red/white loop and Turkey Creek blue loop, although all are rideable, some sections of each trail are under water. The further south you get, the worst they are.

    The trail is predominately flat, with a few ups and downs. The surface is mostly sand, with some very loose areas to watch out for. Not a lot of obstacles, aside from a few logs and a LOT of roots, depending on what section you are on. The trail is well marked, although the map is dated, there are a lot of trails that are not mapped, but all are marked.

    Overall, the trail is fun and the best in the immediate area. There are a few annoying parts, but I'm sure better riders wouldn't have too much of a problem with them.

    We start riding from the Briar Creek entrance, you can head to a northern section or the southern section. We usually stick to the south/southeast, which starts off as either the red or yellow loop.

    The yellow loop will ride for about a mile, then dump out at an appt complex, but if you follow the markings you'll find another yellow loop entrance that takes you further back into a lot more trail. The sections here are fairly easy, except for the sand, and without a lot of technical aspects. The section back there can be hairy to navigate, so bring a compass and keep track of where you are, realizing that you may be in another sanctuary.

    The red loop leads to the more technical areas, mainly the (relatively) short red loop and the bridges to the blue loop. The red loop isn't terribly difficult, there are a few ups and downs and a lot of roots.

    The blue loop, which is reached via the red loop, has the most difficult terrain we've encountered on the trail so far, mainly because of the roots. There are several branches of the blue loop, but be warned that some of them currently lead to impassable swamp.

    Lastly, watch for wildlife. The turtles like to sit in the middle of the trail and stare you down.

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  • Trail Kicker

    Though not terribly difficult, Turkey Creek is the crown jewel of the connected trails in the area in my opinion... Though they are not very long the trails are scenic, flowy, sometimes tight single track along Turkey Creek itself. Some ups and downs and switch backs. A few little root/log hops or small log ramps. Some tight jungle like areas, so generally good cover in the Florida sun. Watch the palmetto roots often hidden by vegetation, they can take you down Gets really tight in places, so get used to riding thru outreaching palmetto branches and various bushes, but nothing that bad and kind of adds to the experience. A real Florida trail ride experience. You can make a great morning by riding all the trails there together... Turkey Creek, Malabar West, Cameron Preserve, and Malabar East. Sand really isn't an issue overall... and Malabar East seems to have most of it.

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  • ****

    Nice easy flowy trail no major obstacles or elevation change plenty of saw palmetto trunks. It's been raining so trail was fast although seems like a lot of sugar sand when dry. I had fun and would definitely ride here again if in the area.

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  • earth analog

    I road all 10 miles of the trail systems. I would rate it easy/ intermediate. It's a very beautiful trail and well maintained.

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  • TrickkyGangsta

    Turkey Creek Sanctuary is just 1 trail section of the Turkey Creek Sanctuary/Cameron Wildlife Preserve/Malabar Scrub trail network. It, in itself, is less than 2 miles NOT 6 (the full network of trails is ~10 miles). I absolutely love this trail system. It's well maintained, great cardio exercise, and is fun to ride. I ride the whole trail system (~10 miles) multiple times a week during the season!

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  • onefallinstar

    rode many trails locally and ventured to alafia and rode santos but i have to admit I was pleasantly surprised to have had the chance to ride at turkey creek. The ride is just FUN when you pick up the pace, still a bit short but more than long enough to get your buzz on. Possibly my new favorite local trail for cardio/technical.

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  • lawmanfl

    A really nice tame trail to get your cardio up, and the scenery was pretty nice. Be ready to pump through all the sandy portions, and bring a camelback because it can get hot. A very nice ride both challenging for all and gentle enough for beginners.

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  • *****

    They've added a lot of new trails. Thanks to the trail management. I like the direction you guys are taking the trail system. Creating a destination spot for riders to come to.

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  • *****

    The trail managers have added a lot of new trails. You can get about 10 miles in the turkey creek/malabar area and even more with the Jordan scrub sanctuary next door. There are some very challenging trails with some beginner trails too. Lots of fun.

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  • CP1

    Not sure what trail off Palm Bay road you are speaking of 'thatmoody', as there is none. There is Turkey Creek off of Port Malabar Rd., Malabar Scrub off of Malabar Rd., and one expert trail in the works of being sanctioned off of Babcock St. (Tillman Canal), but none off of Palm Bay Rd. though. Though there is another one in the Town of Malabar, Grant, and Micco, but they are really not worth the time or effort getting there. Better hiking and equestrian trails tan MTB.

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  • SpeedyB67

    Happened to be in the area this past Sunday and gave it a whirl. Well marked, nicely maintained track. A few obstacles in the beginning, mostly in the form of roots. Similar to Halpatiokee in Stuart but not as long. Overall an enjoyable ride.

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  • thatmoody

    Wynfox is talking about a very different trail way up off Palm Bay road, I think. This is a short, 1 mile loop that is a good little training trail if you ride it a few times - I like it because it has NO sugar sand and a couple of little dips. You can also do a few little technical areas if you want just for training. If you do it a few times, too, it's a good ride if you live in the area. The actual Malabar trail system is a close drive and much longer!

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  • Bonsai-CP

    Hahahaha....Not sure as to why Wryfox posted that feedback about Turkey Creek & Malabar Scrub either. It was mapped on a Garmin mapping system, and I have been riding Turkey Creek & Malabar Scrub for many years. It is 6 miles on the Turkey Creek Trail if looped all the way around, which has nothing to do with Malabar Scrub. Malabar Scrub is a whole other MTB trail system across the road (Briar Creek) from the Turkey Creek MTB Trail exit/spill out. Malabar Scrub has more than 6 miles or trail to ride....LOL. I guess Wryfox lost his/her way...LOL

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  • mntbikeracer

    I don't know how Wryfox missed the Turkey Creek trails. They are clearly marked with Red and Blue Posts. The official (Marked with posts and mapped at each Kiosk) is just under 6 miles. I ride them 2-3 times a week. We added new trails in 2011 which now provide over 8 miles of trails (we are still marking the new trails with posts). Youtube and the palm bay web portal both have videos of the trails and bridge buiding parties.

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  • Wryfox

    Rode this trail and Malabar, which are only separated by a residential road. This trail is way shorter than listed, well under a mile, might actually be 0.6 instead of 6 miles. Typical Florida coastal palms and scrub, roots and sand. Not much elevation or difficulty. Would rate beginner vs intermediate. Fun little trail for what it is. This is not a destination unless you add in Malabar trail, which in total gives you about 4 miles singletrack.

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