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Level: Beginner
Length: 50 mi (80.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +663/1 ft
Total: 185 riders

Mountain Biking Withlacoochee State Forest: Croom Section

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#146 of 282 mountain bike trails in Florida
#9469 in the world

This trail is approximately 14 miles of unadulterated fun! Withalacoochee is a wonderful place for all levels of riders. This 14 mile loop is marked, but it is necessary to keep an eye out for trial markers due to many other unmarked trails in the area. This trail mainly consists of rolling single-track through widely spaced trees and brush. Hunting is allowed in the area during certain seasons.

First added by stripes on May 2, 2020. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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"From Orlando take SR 50 west two miles past SR 301. Turn right at light (Croom-Rital Rd.). Go north 5.5 miles to the intersection of Croom Rd(paved) and Nobleton Rd (dirt), continue on dirt road to the tower at the north edge of the forest. If you get lost--STOP and ask.
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  • johnpitts01   ✓ supporter

    Rode the 24 mile blue loop today Christmas Eve. The trails were in great shape! We'd had rain the past 2 days and I was hesitant to ride. But the sandy soil must drain well as I had no reservations riding here so soon after the rain. Trails are very well marked. There are intersecting horse trails and motorcycle/ATV trails (I think). So long as you stay on the Blue blazes you will be fine. there are blazes frequently placed on the trail. If you ride a bit and dont see the blaze/trail marker good chance you are off the trail. There are bypasses for the more difficult / technical sections. A beginner can ride the blue trail with no issues. A couple of small hills might be a challenge. The SWAMP club does a great job maintaining the trails.

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  • AlafiaJunkie
    Reviewing Drunken Monkey:

    Great job SWAMP on the new trails and overall grooming on DM. Had a blast today. 3 other riders were also stoked about the recent mods! Thank you!

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  • axxman

    nice wide open trail, great for working out. not many steep hills except in the technical areas such as Drunken Monkey. Nobody else on the trail and several bailout points where you can cross the road and get on the paved trail to take you back quickly to the trailhead. I rode in wintertime, I could imagine this would be very hot during summer time. also there are quite a few sandy spots that feel as though you are loosing control.

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  • dempsey111333

    Took my wife out for her first time. Kicked her butt, but she got to learn so much. Ride yellow so she learned some of what a blue may have and then enjoyed the yellow to learn the basics. She works out all the time but never felt like this after. The gym will work all areas but not at the same time. She loved it!!!

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  • Keiron Gillespie

    A BLAST!!!!! Nice flowy trails, most of which I would consider beginner to low intermediate. The blue trail that starts at Croom-Nobleton is my favorite. For the first 10 miles you get some nice, fast, smooth singletrack with some light climbs and descents. Nothing technical except for a couple small sections at around 2 miles and a couple small climbs around 5 or 6 miles(I think). At about 9 miles or so you get Drunken Monkey, which is a more advanced section that can be avoided if you didn't want to take it. BUT YOU SHOULD TAKE IT! It's awesome! Nice climbs and descents more akin to what you might find in Balm Boyette trails rather than rocky, rooty trails like Santos. Between the 10 and 14 mile markers is my absolute favorite section! BEAUTIFUL scenery with some more advanced riding. Again, it's very flowy and you can hit it with some speed. Not toooo rocky or rooty. A couple sections with serious consequences for falling off the side(30 foot drops). Also, there is a bmx track in that section that's fun. When you find yourself just before Tired Hole, take the trail to the left to get to the track.... Over 50 miles of riding at Croom! Yet, it is still a little known gem. I frequent as often as I can. Shred, rinse, repeat!

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  • Hunu

    Lots of fun with sections for any skill level. Yellow trail north of Croom Rd. is fairly easy but with quite a bit of sugar sand. Someone thoughtfully nailed a crying towel to a tree on one of the long sandy grades so ya gotta laugh. Mostly good signage though I got off trail several times, relying on topo in Singletracks app to reorient myself. Only real concern is that when riding the NE blue trail between bailouts 10 & 14, I did not appreciate ahead of time how significant the consequences of failure could be...there is a very narrow, curving section that if you go off, you drop almost strait down 30' into a pond. No one's walking out of that fall. Also a long steep climb but able to portage it. Exhausting and energizing!

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  • eltommyc

    If you haven't ridden Croom recently, then you may not know what you're missing out on. I can't believe anyone who rode where I was would rate this gem a 3 star. Park in area 1 just east of the croom/nobleton intersection. Ride north on nobleton to the second bailout (there's maps by the parking area and again at major points on the trail, snap a pic) and then head north on the trail to where every section has a name. Add legs and enjoy.

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  • Bull Knapp

    Good beginner trail, does have a few roots, and after hard rain storms some sections retain water. Along with some wash out after heavy rain. Good Starter area and I like to take my kids out here not to technical it's just fun for them.

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  • Austin Harper

    Great place to put in some miles. Some technical parts near the back. Pretty Sandy if it hasn't rained recently but overall a good place to get your XC fix with some nice FL backcountry scenery.

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  • bp124

    Many miles of singletrack with natural elevation changes, which can be a refreshing change of pace from the other more technical Florida trails found on abandoned mine lands. The trails flow well here with a ton of long gradual ups / downs (by Fl standards of-course). There are certainly some sandy sections but nothing completely unrideable. There are several technical sections but nothing too serious or unavoidable. This is definitely the place to go if you are looking to log some miles.

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  • armyslowrdr

    Was on vacation to FL last week. Rode the Tucker Hill section. Very easy, but a very nice 11 or so miles.

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  • JFVacha

    Croom has a great range of riding available. Some up-hill, some down-hill, flat, straight, and turns. If you are adventurous I would say that you should go to "The Pits". Bailout points and connector trails make is so you can ride just about any distance. The worst thing there is that it does have some sugar-sand. Not a lot, but it is there. Mostly hardpack and very scenic. Fun for everyone.

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  • ***

    Mostly stayed on the beginner trails. We had the dog and we were heading to a state park for camping. Only did about twelve miles. Peaceful a lot of u and down hills. Were looking forward to going back for the intermediate courses

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  • bikerjoe_165

    Rode the yellow 12 mile loop 11/22/11 well marked got on at Tucker Hill @the fire tower on Croom rd a little sugar sand but not bad very scenic nxt time ill ride the 32 mile blue trail it has big lime pits to ride through

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  • reif-s

    Rode the Croom 35 mile Challenge. I felt like there were a fair share of gradual climbs which made a long distance endurance race challenging. Some of the technical areas were surprising, as you would ride for long periods with nothing but cross-country trails and then all-of-a-sudden - here's a major gully. I enjoyed it, but don't ride it alone because this is out in the middle of nowhere. Also, alot of signs of ATV's and hunters...

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  • Phlip44

    Lonely and sandy. Not a lot of people go here it is so far out of the way which has it's pros and cons. Pro's being quiet enjoyable deep Florida woods. Con's are that the trails don't get run enough so they are getting hard to follow in certain areas and the spiders, these huge fricken banana spiders (I'm reading that the North American version is not poisonous enough to hurt humans), keep building webs across the paths, not so fun. Also, the sand can make some parts miserable, just completely saps all your energy. Lots and lots of sand. Some interesting parts around what I guess are old phosphate mines and mounds. Very pretty deep woods but something that disturbs me is complete lack of any wildlife what-so-ever. I think i saw a squirrel and 1 armadillo last time I went for 4 hours. Just eerie quiet, devoid of life (except for the spiders). I guess the hunters have completely wiped the place out or it wasn't a good time of year, pretty sad actually, all that space and no wildlife.* Review edited 10/15/2009* Review edited 10/15/2009* Review edited 10/15/2009* Review edited 10/15/2009

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  • rich67

    A pleasant surprise. I rode the "yellow" trail today, aka: Tucker Hill Trailhead. It costs two dollars to ride from this area, paid via a convenient pay box near the ranger's station. The trail was fun and tight, nothing too crazy. Surprisingly good cardio workout due to the natural rolling terrain. Be careful around the north side of the yellow trail, the signs and trail are not marked too well- I ended up backtracking and coming back out on the main road- have no idea where I got turned around! LOL Bring a map with you, and a GPS if you have one- it can get a little confusing on the trail without one. Some areas of sugar sand, but not unrideable. I ate three large banana spiderwebs, almost ran over a snake of some sort, and got pelted with bugs galore. Just another fun day out on the trail. I'll definitely come back here; it's closer to me than Santos, and offers a similar riding experience. I was happy with some of the downhill sections, it was a pleasant surprise to have some of those in Florida.
    ADDED 11/2/10:
    Rode out to Drunken Monkey which is off the rail trail. Getting there was a royal PITA. Sand was terrible, poor signage, and just really boring riding. Drunken monkey was OK, but it really doesn't hold a candle to any of the other trails I have been on close by. Do yourself a favor and stick with Santos, Boyette and Alafia. I slipped out onto the rail trail and rode the paved section back to my car it was that bad.* Review edited 11/2/2010

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  • darrinw2001

    One of the FEW trail systems in Florida with REAL hills. Lots of miles with elevation changes, some fun pits areas, but it does get sandy in the dry season. They have seperate horse and hiking trails so the bikes dont have to share. The best time to ride here is May through September. Trails are closed during Deer hunting season.

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