Croom State Forest - Trail, Brooksville, Florida

Croom State Forest - Trail, Brooksville, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Floridas longest contiguous bicycle single-track officially opened March 1997, as the Withlacoochee

Forest - Croom Off-Road Bike Trail. This network of single-track forms two loops of 12 and 35 miles.

Actual trail length, including connectors, is over 55 miles. Trails consist of Florida uplands, sweeping cross country trails (wooded and open) to abandoned mines and challenging pits and drop-offs. Check kiosks sites for trail maps

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 05, 2014]
Jeffrey
Racer

I rode this trail in March 2014. I was able to ride the Yellow Loop and some of the blue loop. The Yellow loop starts out minutely technical with with some roots and some drops, but works into a fast back and forth through pines, palmettos, and various other forest terrain. The trail is well maintained, but was hard to see at time due to leaf cover. Nonetheless, the club that maintains the trail does a great job. The next day I tried to do all 32 miles of the blue trail. The blue trails starts out as a tame back and forth through pine, palmetto, etc. which flows very well and allows you to pick up some speed. Problems for me, or the fun begins when you reached named sections such as Drunken Monkey or Mt. Pisgah, or the sinkhole. These sections become very difficult and are very technical. Their is no shortage of a challenge here, but it is also matched by the beautify of the surrounding area. I absolutely loved the trail and saw deer on both days of my exploration. The club that maintains the trail had done well with placing signs redirecting and even encouraging "pedal dammit". I highly recommend this trail system for a weekend adventure. If you dare do the 32 mile section and choose the "harder" paths you deserve a beer paid by me. Cheers, enjoy!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 11, 2011]
Stabone33
Weekend Warrior

OK, so take this with a grain of salt, as I'm a Colorado/Utah/Nevada/California rider. I'm down in FL for a couple months for work. Rode this trail (Yellow loop) last weekend...and I was bored out of my skull. The only challenge presented on this trail is the occasional sugar sand...and even then, that's not much of a challenge. This is a fine trail system if your only goal is to get long miles in at a fast clip, or to introduce someone to the sport. This would be a great area to take younger children, as there are plenty of bailouts, and lots of twists and turns to teach balance and gear selection.

Customer Service

I rode the Yellow loop from the parking area shown on the map above.

Similar Products Used:

I don't think there are any. Balm-Boyette and Alafiya are about an hour away. I'll try those next!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 10, 2010]
1949
Cross Country Rider

We just did our annual FL trip from Michigan. We started out by riding Alifia,then Alva (Near Fort Myers:great unknown trail) then Markham Park and Oleta River near Miami and then N. to Boyette .
Cold weather moved in so we decided to head back home.
As we got near Brooksville the sun came out and the temp jumped up to 50.We could not pass up one more ride.
We chose the Yellow 12 mile loop. This trail is just like Michigan riding. Twisty leaf covered single track with long gradual hills.
This may be the only trail in Florida with hills that are not man made.
We thoroughly enjoyed this trail and will be back.
This trail is similar to Santos plus nice long easy hills.
If you are a cross country rider you will love this trail.

Customer Service

Park at the Tucker Hill Trail Head and choose your trail.
The exit number listed number 61 is not correct.FL switched to a mile marker exit system a few years back and no one has changed the directions.Take the Brooksville exit off I 75 South of Ocala.
This trail is technicly and aerobicly is but huge on fun.

Similar Products Used:

San Felasco Hamock State Park near Gainesville; Santos and 49th St near Ocala,Boyette and Alifia near Tampa

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 14, 2009]
clarity4
Cross Country Rider

Go to Afafia or Boyette....it's worth the gas. Croom is nice just to get out and enjoy nature but it is nowhere near the caliber of an Alafia or Santos. Plus, LOOK OUT FOR THE SANDSPURS!!! gotta a flat the first time i went there. Tons of sugar sand. :(

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 13, 2009]
techbike_108
Weekend Warrior

Love trying out new places. I ended up here because a friend had an adventure race in the same park earlier that day. There is a lot of trail here. Its not one of those something for everyone places. It’s also not of the caliber of any of the big parks (Alafia, Santos, Markham, and Oleta). What is there is a tons-o-cross country. I'm sure when the conditions are right then this a great place to fly threw and clear 30+ miles in one day. Right now its about 70% fun and 30% sugar sand. The sugar sand is thick in places. Most of it can be cranked threw with out having to get off and walk. It will make you strong but it’s not to fun. Where the sugar sand was not a problem it was a great easy XC trail.

Customer Service

The connector trails are bad. They are not maintained to the level of the actual bike trails. I would recommend either doing the entire yellow or entire blue trails with out using the bailout or access trails

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 14, 2008]
pedaler845
Cross Country Rider

Many miles (55!) of twisty singletrack goodness. There are many miles of narrow dense forest, and some open yet very flowy. There is some slightly technical, and overall good variety. Signage and trails are excellent, thanks to the SWAMP mtb club who maintain!
This NYer continually has a blast there!
As a plus, you can also send the family out on a nearby paved rail trail.

Customer Service

Follow the well marked signs.

Similar Products Used:

Boyette, Alafia, Croom, Carter Road.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 03, 2007]
carnage
Weekend Warrior

This is a fun area thats great to log lots of miles and generally get away from it all. Unlike most parks around here, Croom actually lets you feel like your in the middle of no where, and not just some park with houses surrounding it. In a short summary, think Santos meets flatwoods. Its not particularly technical and there is a fair bit of elevation change,theres a little bit of tight winding trail thats reminiscent of flatwoods but not enough to where you can just haul A$$

Similar Products Used:

Everything.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 03, 2005]
TheBigC
Cross Country Rider

Covered trails great for beatign the summer heat. The big problem with this trail is that it is one public land that is also used as a hunting area. So there are months where you cant ride at all, then there are those where you can ride if you don't mind rednecks with guns running around popping off shots at squirrels. That said, the trail flows smoothly. I prefer the trails to flatwoods. But the recent moto activity had kind of messed up the trails a bit. Not a fantastic place, but a solid alternative to Flatwoods for pure XC riding.

Customer Service

Theyre all the same

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Razorback, Santos, and Alafai are all technical rides within an hour drive. Flatwoods and Boyette are XC rides within an hour drive, as well.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 23, 2003]
13 racer Edgerton
Racer

This place sucks every were there is whoops .Unless you have like a 250 this place sucks.

Similar Products Used:

sunshine Motox

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 26, 2003]
nancy
Cross Country Rider

tried to ride this trail mostly sand it has been dug up by motorcross riders and is difficult to maintain any pace

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
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