San Felasco Hammock State Park - Trail, Alachua, Florida

San Felasco Hammock State Park - Trail, Alachua, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Cotton Tail Trail is a 1 mile loop suitable for beginners. Cellon Creek Loop is a 4.2 mile loop requiring intermediate skills and fitness. Tung Nut Loop is 8 miles of strenuous hill climbs that take off from the eastern side of Cellon Creek Loop. Do not attempt Tung Nut Loop without carrying plenty of water.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 23, 2013]
centaur11
Cross Country Rider

On our trip to Florida this year this was my favorite trail system. Much more to like here with the elevation gain and beautiful forest setting. I admit I'm from the NE where long climbs and technical trails are the norm. San Felesco is a welcome change to the boring trails of S Florida. I understand that most to most Floridians places like Santos and Alafia are top notch and I won't disagree that for Florida that is true. If you want somewhat of a challenge go to San Felesco, less people and more of a workout.

Customer Service

Tung Nut was great!

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4
VALUE
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4
[Feb 11, 2011]
superflyer29er
Weekend Warrior

Nice trails, very well kept. Something for everyone. We do a 50 miler here every year and its awesome. Great ride if your near! 20+ miles. Well orginized

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5
VALUE
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4
[Dec 29, 2010]
Rideon
Racer

Lots of fun rolling trails thru the oaks. Definitely recommend if you're in the central florida area. Good variety too. We had a nice long ride and a good time

Unfortunately, there are some signed "new" "hard" trails that are badly designed "fall-line" trails which is disappointing to see, and completely unnecessary because this place has some good elevation that would be better served as long stretched out contour trails. Especially since the soil type is sandy and rain is aplenty.

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 17, 2010]
JJB79
Weekend Warrior

I rode this trail for the first time this weekend, I ride Santos in Ocala at least twice a week, this was a much welcome change. Most of the reviews don't do justice, by far the best climbing you can have in Florida. The trail had an overall moderate difficulty, Tung Nut however is not for the beginning rider. The only downfall I found are some sections are in wide open grass fields, and some would complain the trails are slick. (Also cost is 4 dollars per car)

Customer Service

I-75 to Exit 399, south (make a left at the light) to progress (a right) fallow progress till the end.

Similar Products Used:

Santos Trail head and all of its joining trail heads. Ocala, FL

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5
VALUE
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4
[Apr 10, 2010]
pryder
Cross Country Rider

Even though this is one of my favorite trails, is is not a place that I would travel 2 hours to get to JUST to ride the trail, but it IS a place I always ride when I know I am going to be in the area and can bring my bike with me. Most of the trail is single track that is fast with only a few places that are sandy. It DOES have areas that can be underwater during the rainy season...I usually stay away during the rainy summer months. Most of the trails are not especially technical, however it would not be a place I would ride if I were just starting to trail ride. Very popular on the weekends...make sure to watch out for other riders. Trail maps are not always available on site. A good idea to download a map before coming. I appreciate the fact the the state park service has separated horse trails from bike trails...I almost always stay away from places where bikes and horses share the trail. Great spot to ride if you are in the Gainesville area or if you have an hour or two to waste after riding Santos.

Customer Service

Take I75 to US 441 (Exit 399/Old Exit 78) and drive south 2.8 miles. Turn right into a research park (Progress Blvd). Drive 0.7 miles to the park entrance. (Continue past the end of the pavement and onto the dirt road)

Similar Products Used:

Santos Trailhead - Bellview, Florida

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4
VALUE
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3
[Nov 30, 2009]
palmcitytiki
Weekend Warrior

The exits have been renumbered the new exit number is 399. If you are out there close to dusk. Take the Cellon loop and check out the deer. We counted close to 35.

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4
VALUE
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3
[May 05, 2009]
dsbdz4u
Cross Country Rider

Had been reviewed more than 2 yrs. ago.Its not that bad after all.Good cardio exercises,lots of roots if you consider it as technical,.Theres a lot of loop trails in the back after the wooden bridge havent seen by many riders yet.Its up for you if you want some adventure.Enjoy the ride.

Customer Service

Saggy Bottom during rainy days(got swamped out about a foot ,a unique loop not seen in other trails just watch for snakes).
Wooden bridge Trail.Trail after the wooden bridge.Nice switchbacks and little elevations.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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4
[Dec 21, 2007]
Grant Henderson
Weekend Warrior

This is a system of trails that are 2nd to none. It is all hard packed and most of the entire 50 miles is under a oak hammock. It is not uncommon to see deer grazing along this fast single track ride.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 06, 2007]
fibonacci
Cross Country Rider

I live just down the road from this trail, so I ride it at least three times a week. Since I have a job that requres that I travel a good deal, I have seen many of the other trails in this area so I have something to compare it to.
There are three main trails. The first and easiest is the Bunny Trail, appropriately named since it is something most grandmothers could muster. I have started doing this trail as a warmup at the fastest speed I can generate. At speed, this trail offers some interesting challenges. This whole trail is about a mile in length.
The Cellon Creek Loop has a few more challenges and is a little over 4 miles in length. Again, I frequently attack this trail as fast as possible to work on building speed, though I am aware that the challenges are moderate.
The Tung Nut Loop is the main route here and the primary challenges come in the form of hills that can leave you gasping for breath. One downhill in particular is so littered with roots that your tires barely touch ground...unless you bear far to the right.
No, this trail does not have the adrenaline pumping, quad busting thrills of Razorback, but it has enough challenges to keep your legs on the verge of anaerobic lactosis and some nice scenery besides.
To those who complain that there are a couple of fields to ride through, I would remind you that there is no rule that all mountainbike trails need to be in the sahded comfort of trees. If you want shade, bring a parasol. Otherwise, shut up and ride.

Customer Service

Except for the Bunny Trail, all of the other trails follow the first leg of the Cellon Creek Trail. Eventually the trail comes to a crossroads where the Cellon Trail bears to the left on a jeep trail for a short distance before re-entering the woods. The Tung Nut Trail bears hard to the right up a hill and through the hated open field. As has been mentioned before, you can take an easy right up the jeep trail and pick up the trail at several points as it crosses the double track. This adds some flexibility to the system as you pick and choose the sections you want to ride. It also adds easy access to the little side trails that are available near the end of the Tung Nut Loop.

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It's hard to beat Santos. They have more than 60 miles of trails and have done a terrific jog of providing challenges for all skill levels. They even have a skills park near the main trailhead where you can hone your skills before your ride.
Razorback is only open on the weekends, but it is one of the most challenging in all of Florida. Like the man at the entrance said, if you can ride this three times without stopping you can go anywhere in the world and ride with the best.

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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4
[Mar 19, 2007]
Jim311
Cross Country Rider

Long sandy trails over rolling terrain, very few technical features. This park might be cool if they started to incorporate some of the deadfall into fun log rides or other technical features. The trail has very little "flow" to it and IMO simply needs some help from some younger trail riders who are a little more in tune with what modern trail riders are looking for. For instance there will be an opportunity for a jump if you carry enough speed, but immediately after the jump there will be a 90 degree left turn which prohibits effectively jump the mound. Anyway, it's a fun after work ride if you work in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way to ride here. I'll take the trip to Razorback or Santos any day.

Customer Service

If you hate riding through that field, just take the doubletrack Jeep road up the hill. It can be a tough climb but it's worth it to avoid the drudgery of riding through that lame field. That road drops you off at a junction, and if you wish, you can take a right and follow the power lines and pick up the trail you were on previously, only you avoided the field riding.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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