Gainesville Mountain Bike Trails

Loblolly 8th avenue trails - With multiple access points along NW 8th avenue and Nw 34th street in Gainesville, the Loblolly Woods Nature Park is a great place for    anyone who is looking to experience mountain biking with in the city limits of Gainesville. Though it is not a mountain biking destination by any means it is still a great place for anyone looking to ride with out leaving the city limits. The trails consist of a double track green way with winding single track spurring off on each side. Trail conditions are usually sandy, though not very technical the trail does have its fair share of roots which might make riding a little challenging for the beginner rider. Parking is available at West Side Park and 3315 NW 5th Avenue Access from 34th Street.

The Rock Trail - The trail head is 2.3 miles west of I-75 on Newberry road in Gainesville. The Rock Trail consists of about 5 miles of single track trail, with some large open field sections. When you dive into the woods on the right of the parking area you will find some small drop off's and roll-in's, this is the most technical part of the trail. The rest of the trail consists of fast flowy single track, with lots of roots. On the same property as the trail, you will find a dual slalom course with some well maintained jumps and berms. For those with cyclocross bikes you will also find a stairs section and some barriers to practice running over. The Rock Trail is a great place for anyone looking to do a good mountain bike ride with out having to drive far out of town. 

The Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail - Starting at Gainesville's Boulware Springs Trail-Head and winding its way 16 miles to the City of Hawthorne, the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail is Gainesville's longest car-free paved bicycle trail. The Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail boarders the Paynes Prairie State Park which became Florida's first state preserve in 1971 and is now designated as a National Natural Landmark. Their are several overlooks that you can pull off of the trail and see the majestic Paynes Prairie, and if you are lucky enough you might even see the prairie's heard of buffalo or wild horses. Even though the trail is closed to motor vehicles you will still encounter a small number of road crossings two of which are fairly busy two lane roads. Stop at all road crossings! This trail is a multi use trail, so you will see many people walking, running, rollerblading or even horse back riding, so use caution and be courteous. The Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail is a great family friendly destination with lots of wildlife. If you ride the trail in its entirety you are likely to see deer, armadillos, birds including wild turkeys, buffalo and maybe even a wild horse or tow. The Gainesville Hawthorne Trail can also be connected to the Gainesville-Downtowne connector, The Waldo Road Greenway and the Depot Avenue Trail. Trail head locations are at, 3300 SE 15th Street in Gainesville at Boulware Springs City Park and at the intersection of CR 234 and CR 2082 in Rochelle, 7902 SE 200th Drive, off of CR2082 west of Hawthorne and 2182 SE 71st Avenue in Hawthorne.

San Felasco Hammock State Park - Located 20 minutes North West of Gainesville you will find San Felasco Hammock State Park. With over 30 miles of single track trails, rolling hills and hardwood trees San Felasco Hammock is a great place for anyone to ride weather you are a beginner looking to have your first taste of mountain biking to a hardened vettren of the sport looking to have a serious training ride San Felasco Hammock does not disappoint. Trails are well maintained all year long by a group of devoted volunteers and are well marked. Maps are available at the trail head. All of the trails can be accessed at the trail head located at 13201 Progress Blvd., Alachua, Florida 32615

Archer Braid Trail - Opened in 2014, and running for six miles between the cities of Archer and Gainesville in the western part of Alachua county, the Archer Braid Trail offers an excellent family friendly ride for anyone looking to explore the western part of Alachua county. Set back from Archer road the Archer Braid Trail winds its way from the city of Gainesville to the city of Archer. Their is a small parking lot located in the city of Archer at the furthest west point of the trail. With construction to extend the Archer Braid Trail through Haile Plantation in Gainesville, Fl. already in progress, planners hope to connect this trail with others in Alachua county creating a continuos bicycle trail through the city of Gainesville.

Hailes Trail's - Open once or twice a year, and only on race weekends, Hailes Trail's is a must ride for anyone who wants an amazing mountain biking experience in north central Florida. Located next to Gatorback motor cross track, Hailes Trail's winds its way in and out of abandon open pit quarries making for an extremely difficult ride. Stretching between 5 and 12 miles depending on the configuration and with a mix of single track trails, old mining roads and motorcycle trails, used for hair scramble races, Hailes Trail's is not for the beginner rider. Featuring giant roll-in's and short punch climbs Hailes Trail's challenges both the mind and body. For information on when Hailes Trail's is open be sure to check out Goneriding.com