Its a loop, but head west out of the parking area to access the bike trail. It doesn't look like a trail, and the sign warns authorized vehicles only. The singletrack portion of the trail is a little further down the trail and doubles as a hiking trail, but the senic diversity of the trail make running into the occational hiker well worth it. You also have a great chance of seeing some wildlife. Be aware of the red blazes that mark the trail, as you will easily get lost if you are not careful. Once the shared trail ends, in order the continue the loop, one is forced onto a fire road/break. Why this is a designated bike trail I'll never know. Deep ruts and huge clods of dirt make riding impossible except on the edge of the bush. You'll inevitibly end up walking your bike through the worst of it.
The bicycle trail is approximately 9 miles long, but bicycles are also permitted on the 8 miles of horse trails. Because these are multi-use trails, be prepared to meet the occasional hiker, horseback rider, or park vehicle. You'll feel like riding some more after completing the trail and the park's paved roads are perfect for that high speed riding you were unable to accomplish on the dirt trails!
The trail is only scenic when the bike trail meets up with the hiking trail. This is the only part that is worth the trip. The other 2/3 of the trail is not very scenic and has very sandy portions.Thank |
7/16/15 Started at horse stable. First half mile very sandy due to horse use. Trail then splits and gets better. (Went left at the split) Mostly flat with a few root obstacle areas Becomes single track after another half mile. Plenty of wildlife. Saw deer, gopher tortoise and a bobcat. Saw bear tracks but no bear. About an 8 mile loop from stable to stable. (Red blazes)Thank |
My 8 year old grandson was with me and only had problems in the sandy area. A good trail for beginners, not to technical. Overall a fair to good ride. Afterwards cooled off in the spring.
Boring, sandy, hot. The sand and roots will definitely give you a workout.Thank |
lots of sugar sand but once you get throw it it's nice trails about 10 miles round tripThank |
If you were to describe WSSP in 2 words, it would be "sugar sand". I had a mt bike 12 years ago but after repeated falls in the sand I sold it. Last year I bought a "snow bike" and have ridden almost 600 miles in 7 months. Most of Wekiwa's trails are closed to bikes but the fire roads are more than double the singletrack mileage. The sugar sand shows up on all the trails though and the 4" tires really float over it. If you have a regular MTB, wait for a rainy day and then ride the next day. The sand will be packed down. Lot of trail runners on Saturday mornings too.Thank |
If you like riding on soft sandy service roads you'll love it here. In the one spot where vehicles and horses hadn't managed to chew up the trail some kind of plough had been used. Along much of the track other cyclists have partially worn down a rough shoulder so most of the track is at least rideable. The terrain is almost dead flat.
By accident I went off the marked cycling trail ended up on the hiking trail. Contrary to other reviews, the hiking trails are not part of the marked bike trails. The going is much easier but still with plenty of soft, dry sand to deal with. I had most fun on a couple of short stretches of narrow unmarked trail. After the drudgery of miles of sand, the fast, slightly technical trail with palmetto scrub whacking at my legs was heaven.
The scenery is wonderful and being in the middle of the palmetto scrub is a unique, surreal experience. But you'll probably enjoy that a lot more if you throw on a day pack and hike it. Soldiers Creek/Environmental Center is only a few miles away and a lot more fun on a bike.Thank |
This is the only off-road trail I have ridden. I've gone 4 times because it is close to home, and I love it. There are some hard parts--too soft sand when it's dry, and deep water when it's wet (last time I went I had to turn around.) But it's still great fun, and has whet my appetite for more.Thank |