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Level: Beginner
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +425/615 ft
Total: 110 riders
 

Mountain Biking Wilderness Trails Park Loop

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#139 of 282 mountain bike trails in Florida
#9,342 in the world

The main loop offers a good after work mileage loop. several other trails also connect to the main loop for even more mileage. Not a very exciting trail, but good for miles and a cardio workout.

First added by darrinw2001 on May 29, 2009. Last updated May 11, 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
I-75 to the Fletcher ave exit, head east for 1/2 mile. trail head is on right after bridge.
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Q: What is the differene between the Trout Creek Trail and the Morris Bridge Bike Trail and the Wildernes Trails Loop?
A: There are several PARKS located within the 16,000 acre Lower Hillsborough Wilderness Preserve. Trout Creek Park, Flatwoods Park, Morris Bridge Park, Wilderness Park Biking Area, Dead River Park, John B. Sargeant Park. There is a 17 mile singletrack loop that connects the first 4 of these parks. There are another 17 miles of singletrack side-trails for a total of 34 miles. So it is all part of the same trail system passing through many parks.

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  • travis3366
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    Advanced rider, vacation in tampa over the winter a lot. So far it looks like its 2 bux to park at the few trailheads ive seen - fyi. Just started exploring this trail system, started clockwise from the morris bridge trailhead which is a few miles north. DO NOT RIDE PIGLET, leads to an unpassable swamp. Theres 4 or 5 other little off shoots, all pretty boring and flat, but can go fast on misery and parts of grandpa.. Did the whole wilderness / flatwoods trail clockwise up around the park, had to ride into the park across the street to enter the trail system north., It wasnt really smooth enough to go fast, so slow and boring. Def a beginner get miles in afterwork trail, but it is singletrack.

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  • LowDawg   ✓ supporter
    ****

    Great easy trail to ride...a few ruts and some wet spots after a rain. A good easy aftenoon(?) work out.

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  • Keith Moseley
    *****

    since I ride this trail 2 times a week I had to give it another great review. After heavy rains the night before we were still able to ride the full loop with out a hitch. very few puddles. sand was packed and made for a great ride. This is a higher cadence trail and very good for cardio and building stamina.

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  • Joshua Daggs

    If you're looking for a beautiful place to get a nice long ride in, this will do nicely. Not very technical but a good work out and great scenery.

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  • Hobbes
    ***

    Fun beginner to intermediate trails and the 15 mile loop is a great scenic quiet way to put in some off-road mileage.
    Lots of roots and bumps with twisting trails make it F U N!!!

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  • rich67
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    I agree with the Guest reviewer..seems like this trail system has become largely ignored. It used to be fun to ride the whole loop. Granted, lot of rain has caused many of the trails to be washed out and unrideable, but the other trails have also fallen into disrepair. Eubanks is so covered with pine needles the trail has all but vanished. Vegitation has overgrown the Trout Creek area to the point where things are blocking the trails. The Hole in the Fence section still seems pretty decent, but with the constant closing of Indian, I would think someone would go in the there and try to work on it to get it up and running even in the moderate rain season. Aside from that, the trail has some good flow and is still a nice little workout. It just needs a few months of TLC..
    Oh, and it's time for open season on the wild boar. They are destroying this trail system and need to be made into delicious bacon in large quantities.

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  • cch317
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    Great beginner trail system. Very well marked, with multiple trail heads make for easy access.

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  • rwmtb
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    Not a bad trail but not very technical. It could use some better marking in places but overall it was not bad. The real reason for my rating of 3 is that there is a lot of hog damage. The trail seems to be pretty decent but in many places there are large ruts from hogs.
    I stopped at the river overlook and saw a couple gators. Also had a water moccasin cross the trail in front of use. Overall a relaxing easy ride but I prefer Balm-Boyette and Loyce Harpe park to these trails.

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  • rrbarrios14
    *****

    Just rode this trail with my fiancé, who has ridden many trails, but this was the first time mountain biking for me. It was a great introduction to the sport. We started on the main trail, and then rode the entire grandpa trail, and took the main trail back at the power lines. It had some roots and narrow points, but overall it was an enjoyable trail. There were good trail markings and was mostly shaded! Elevation did not change much and remained fairly flat. I would recommend this trail to any beginners! There were definitely other, more difficult trails that you could take, but we stayed on all the easy beginner ones.

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  • Ben Drawbaugh
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    This trail is fast and flowing with a few optional semi-technical detours along the way. None of it is hard, but the large, mostly shaded, loop takes you through some scenic views and is a fun way to crank through 14 miles of wilderness. There are also a few water stops away.

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  • hobybart
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    This park is cool to explore and has some nice views if you appreciate wetlands. The paved loops takes you on a tour of the offroad networds that are numbered to the side. Print the maps online before you go (swampclub.org) because its easy to get lost in this maze of Florida wilderness.* Review edited 4/11/2012* Review edited 4/11/2012

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  • darrinw2001
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    This is a easy trail system but is good for some miles and speed. A good cardio workout since you will be peddeling alot. a good 16 mile loop with almost 30 miles with the other off-shoot trails thrown in.

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