Santos Trail - TRAIL

Santos Trail - Trail, Belleview, Florida

Mostly single track with trails of all skill levels. You'll find winding flats, rocky technicals, good short climbs and lots of variety. Make sure you check out the trails across the road on the back section for more of a challenge.

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flmoose55   [Feb 04, 2018]
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5
flmoose55   [Feb 04, 2018]
Pros: A little bit of everything. Tight and technical red trails, flowing and twisty blue trails, 16 mile paved trail, jumps, and many man made features.
Cons: Too many roadies riding mountain bikes with zero trail etiquette.
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5
mtbtrailrider   Weekend Warrior [Nov 12, 2016]

Rode these trails at the end of a four day mountain bike tour of Florida. These trails have a mix of easy, intermediate, advanced and expert, although a good chunk of the trails I would classify as easy/cross-country with flat sandy trails but with plenty of curves. There are also wooden structures and bridges scattered between The Vortex and the main Santos Trailhead. The Vortex area was my favorite with a couple wooden bridges with good slopes, as well as the Corkscrew and Dragon Back. I would say if you are going to ride some of the features at The Vortex, you probably would need to be at the very least an intermediate rider. Like I stated, most of the trails are easy/cross country with mostly hard packed sand. However trails like Rattlesnake Ridge, John Brown and Ant Hill get technical with the rocky climbs. These are fun trails and you could easily spend a couple days riding the entire trail system.

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4
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2
centaur11   Cross Country Rider [Feb 23, 2013]

Please forgive me for sounding like a snob-but Santos is ridiculously easy. Yes I would say it is above average for trail signage and it seems to be well maintained. I just don't see why there is so many rave reviews. Do most of you ride only in Florida? Do you get to travel out west or to Georgia, NC or the NE to ride?
Come on folks this is for weekend warriors and novices.
I was able to get a longer ride in but it is not much different than a rail trail with lots of turns.

Similar Products Used: San Felasco Hammock State Park
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2
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3
Erick B.   Weekend Warrior [Jan 05, 2013]

The best riding I have yet to find in Florida.

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5
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5
Rafael   Weekend Warrior [Sep 06, 2012]

From the main trailhead the trail is relatively flat with very little elevation gain. It stays like that until you reach The Vortex. That is where the fun begins, Nice climbs (for Florida), drops and technical sections (natural and man made). The area has trails for all abilities but for the type of riding I enjoy The Vortex is the place to be. I did not do all the trails as they run for twenty something miles and my time was limited.

Customer Service

Start your ride near The Vortex trailhead to ride this area while you have fresh legs and leave other trails for the end of your ride. Take insect repellent as horse flies are vicious and will bite even during pedaling.

Similar Products Used: Have ridden Carter (2 hrs away) and Alafia (even further). Both worth the drive.
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4
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4
guppie   Weekend Warrior [Jun 14, 2012]

First time at Santos and was quite impressed. They have trails of all levels. I screwed up and did a bunch of blues before going to Vortex and I was running out of energy by the time I had gotten halfway into Vortex. I would've rather ridden Vortex twice if I had known better... Great varied terrain with technical climbs and drips and obstacles and a few big jumps that most weekend warriors "who need to report to work the next morning and don't want to dish out a large copayment for a visit to the the ER" won't do. Definitely a great trail system. For the most part, the trail system is relatively flat (no substantial elevation gain) with a lot of twisting singletrack, which explains why so many people were riding 29ers, although I didn't come across many (if any) in the Vortex area... Also there is a fun pump track and bmx jump track there as well. Oh yeah, the horse flies were out of control! They are huge and attack you as you bike! They even bite through thin clothing... Bring tons of water and mosquito spray (its Florida afterall...)

Customer Service

Skip everything and head straight to Vortex and then hit the other black and blue trails for the ride back.

Similar Products Used: Not exactly in the same area but I highly recommend Alafia (I actually like it better).
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4
VALUE
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3
afullsodacan   Weekend Warrior [Oct 13, 2011]

This a great trail system. I had a lot of fun at this place. I know there is way better stuff in other states, but for Florida, this is about as good as gets. It doesn't seem to be as well known as Alafia, but it is easily as good, if not better in my opinion. Like Alafia, it has some pretty crazy stuff, but also some trails that even beginners could ride. I absolutely loved Twister. I rode a few of the red (advanced) trails, but I had the most fun on Twister (intermediate). This trail was a winding, quick-paced, weave through the forest, which also had some fun hills, and even a few crazy steep, approximately 10-foot high mounds back-to-back, which made it like a rollercoaster section. I definitely want to visit this place again. Although next time I plan to have a printed-out map. That was the only draw back was that I got lost a few times, because there were no brochure style maps that you could grab at the trailhead sign. But that's what you get when you don't have to pay to ride.

Customer Service

Take some of the yellow routes to get to the more difficult stuff at the back of the trail system quickly. Even though the yellows are easy they can be really fun if you ride fast. I also recommend hitting up Twister on the way to the Vortex. It is a blast to ride, and a good warm-up for the really technical, XC red trails.

If you like to free ride, head straight to the Vortex. There's some pretty crazy drops, jumps, and drop-bridges back there.

Similar Products Used: Alafia
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5
VALUE
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4
bendaddy   Cross Country Rider [Mar 10, 2010]

I did this trail twice over christmas break. Luckily I had a local show me around otherwise I probably would've gotten lost. Very flat, I think the only hill I climbed was the landbridge. Most trails wernt very technical at all except jon brown and sinkhole were both pretty demanding. Overall what you'd expect to find in florida, i had fun.

Customer Service

Epic route

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4
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1
L4DANG8RZ   Weekend Warrior [Jul 05, 2009]

Wow! My son and I enjoyed 2 days of riding - yet we only got in 25 miles total!! There is WAY MORE there yet to be ridden - maybe 60 miles by the time you really cover it all? Overhead tree canopy makes for an enjoyable ride in 90+ heat. Multiple trailhead entries offer both variety and confusion. Speaking of confusion - all of the Yellow and Blue trails are TWO-WAY traffic??!! It takes some getting used to, considering you've really got to keep your eyes UP while riding through some twisty portions. But it's funny, you CAN see other riders in the forest, even as thick as it is. What you cannot always see are the SPIDERS!!! Let someone else be first down the trails!!! They also need fresh water at the other trailheads - BADLY!

Customer Service

From Santos Trailhead - we did the yellow loop, a couple of very good Blues (Cow Bone and Dr. Ruth) which proved to have lots of nice elevation changes, rocks, logs, and also some nice speed downhill. Magic Mountain (Red) was on us too quickly to get UP it, but coming down was cool. Cross the paved road to get to Vortex - we did Little Vortex for a VERY NICE Red ride, sort of like a blue on steroids: Tons of short ups and downs and banked turns. Very aerobic workout if you don't stop - it's about 5 minutes of just GO for it!!! Big Vortex was even more of a work out, but we had trouble going up we're beginner --> intermediate). Nice thing was the fresh water showers at the trailhead. 2nd Day put in at Landbridge trailhead, but never made it to the bridge! We went East hoping to get back to Vortex, but got lost in Spider Kingdom, and wound up at the dead end at the trailhead under construction. Trails were NOT well marked at this intersection. The large maps are a bit confusing, and they do not face the same direction that the trails are laid out. Next time, we will bring a printed copy of trail map. Would be nice if map had trail names on it.

Similar Products Used: We will try Alafia next!
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5
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4
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