Crooked Creek Trail - Trail, Ebro / Panama City, Florida

Crooked Creek Trail - Trail, Ebro / Panama City, Florida

DESCRIPTION

This is a 9 mile loop with a short cut option near mile marker 2. The trail is 98% single track with about 2% forest service road. The trail goes through pine forest with some thick under brush. The trail surface is entirely of sand. Every time I have riden the trail it was during or just after heavy rain and much or the trail was under water but it does not have much effect your bike much as the trail is sand not mud. There are some roots in the trail near the begining but not bad. The correct way to ride the trail is to take the trail to the left when leaving the parking lot.

USER REVIEWS

Showing 1-6 of 6  
[Jun 22, 2011]
bamamike
Weekend Warrior

On June 6, we were on vacation in Panama City so I decided to try Crooked Creek. It was a I expected, humid and sandy. The trail was of course mostly flat with some 1 to 5 ft. inclines. As I made it past the 2 mile mark the trail took a hard left and then another hard left on what appeared to be an access road where I missed my trail sign and found myself pedaling down a sandy road. Please watch mile 2. Riding in sand was tough and slow adding the heat and you have a very rough mix. I do not recommend inexperienced riders to take off on this trail alone because you're not going to make it to the end and above all make sure you have over 50 oz. of cold liquid in your hydration pack. As for reptiles, I did not see any but I really expected to see a snake or two around each turn in the trail. In closing, I would urge you to take extreme caution if you ride this trail in the heat. Have a cell phone with you in case of emergency. Oh, did I mention there are Black Bears in the area? Have fun and check out my review on Lake Lurleen in Alabama.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 17, 2009]
Paul
Cross Country Rider

**Great Trail** While visiting Panama Beach in June 2009, I made a daytrip to the Pine Log forest and rode this trail and the nearby Dutch Tieman trail. No rain, so trail was mostly packed like hard dirt. A great ride. SAFETY TIP - HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION: this trail head is on the east side of the highway. If you are driving, I recommend accessing it from the northbound lane.

Similar Products Used:

Dutch Tieman trail is about a mile north on opposite side (west) of highway.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jan 13, 2008]
JANDSFELTS
Weekend Warrior

IM NOT A BIKE RIDER BUT I FIGURED I WOULD SAY A BIT ABOUT THE CROOKED CREEK AREA...I READ A FEW OF THE REVIEWS ON IT...I AM FROM PANAMA CITY FLORIDA BORN AND RAISED IN THE AREA OF WEST BAY WHICH IS INBETWEEN PINELOG AND THE BEACH WELL THE CROOKED CREEK AREA USED TO BE A BEAUTIFUL AREA FOR ANYONE TO RIDE ,WALK, HORSEBACK, OR ANYTHING TO ENJOY BUT NOW SINCE THEY HAVE TORE UP MOST OF THE AREA THAT MY FAMILY AND I USED TO GO PICK CHRISTMAS TREES AT WHEN I WAS LITTLE WHICH WAS OFF 79 TURNING ONTO 388 SOME BACK DIRT ROADS...ITS SAD ...FLORIDA USED TO BE A BEAUTIFUL PLACE..I MOVED TO TENNESSEE AND GO TO FLORIDA FOR VACATION ONCE A YEAR AND EVERY TIME I GO I SEE THEY TEAR UP MORE OF IT ,BLOCK OFF TRAILS AND RUIN THE BEACHES....I WAS SO UPSET TO SEE THEY HAVE BUILT HOUSES ALL AROUND CROOKED CREEK...ITS UPSETING TO KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SPENT THERE WHOLE LIVES THERE ARE BEING PUSHED OUT AND PROPERTIES BEING TORN UP BECAUSE FLORIDA GOVERNMENT OR WHOEVER IS ALL FOR THE DAMN TOURISTS AND NOT FOR THE FOLKS WHO LIVE THERE THEY WOULD RATHER TEAR EVERYTHING UP AND PUSH RESIDENTS FROM THERE HOMES JUST SO THEY CAN BUILD UP PANAMA CITY FOR THE TOURISTS ...MY GRANDMOTHER HAS SPENT HER WHOLE LIFE IN FLORIDA IN ONE HOME AS MOST PEOPLE I KNOW THERE SHE RAISED 12 KIDS IN THE SAME HOME BUT WHAT DOES THE STATE DO THEY TELL HER TO SELL HER PROPERTY IN WEST BAY OR THEY WILL TAKE IT SO THEY CAN BUILD CONDOS ON IT.....MOST THE PEOPLE IN WEST BAY HAVE BEEN THERE THEIR WHOLE IVES AND ARE BEING PUSHED OUT ...THEY KNOW THOSE BIKE TRAILS AND BACK ROADS BETTER THAN ANY TOURIST ...WE CAN WALK BACK ROADS AND TRIALS FOR MILES AND NOT ONCE GET LOST.....ALL IM TRYING TO SAY IS THAT THOSE RIDING TRAILS YOU ALL LOVE ARE ALL GONNA GO BYE BYE ONE DAY BECAUSE THE STATE OF FLORIDA DOES NOT BELIEVE IN BEAUTY ANYMORE THEY BELIEVE IN MONEY ...............

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[Dec 27, 2003]
grzydj
Cross Country Rider

Sadly, this trail used to be much better. When I first moved down here I rode these trails. It was in the middle of the sweltering summer and it was hot, but I enjoyed the trails for what they were. While the trails are flat, this can be somewhat deceptive as the soft loamy sand can rob your energy reserves once the temperatures start to soar. Still some fun to be had on this single track. On returning to the trails a few months ago, I was quite dismayed to find that the whole entire trail head had been clear cut. At first there was just a sign stating that you were to follow a temporary trail until you got to the trail that hadn’t been destroyed. Hope you enjoy your mile walk though a sand trap! Even once you get to the rest of the trail, you will still find considerable portions of the trail that were destroyed for no apparent reason at all. I had talked to the local bike club and they told me that the Forrest Department wasn’t supposed to cut out any of the trail. How disappointing. I used to like these trails.

Customer Service

Wait until they fix these trails, if that ever happens.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 02, 2003]
timNE
Cross Country Rider

Ridden 2003-11-02 about an hour before sunset. Took 75 minutes at 70-80% THR. A well marked trail would probably take around 60 minutes for the nine mile loop. The beginning mile and ending mile have been clear cut and contain sections without any signs/flags. The clear cuts make the trail a PITA or a nice challenge to pick lines to peddle over branches/stumps and through log skidder tracks, depending on your point of view. I just wish the clear cut area of the trail was marked better. I got off the trail twice but found my way back. Would not consider night ride until the trail is marked better and clear cut trail area groomed. Also check for hunting seasons. I ran across a couple hunters setting up for the evening.

Customer Service

Trail is marked for clockwise ride. Follow trail as much as possible. When the first section of unmarked trail occurs, keep to the left end of the clear cut and you will eventually pick up the trail again. Likewise, on the final leg, stay towards the left side of clear cut to pick up the trail again.

Similar Products Used:

Sand Pond State Park - I believe other reviews for this place are listed under "Pine Log State Park". This is just north of Crooked Creek on hwy 79, first left past the bridge, next right to trail head.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 05, 2003]
Hu Dey
Cross Country Rider

I brought my Stumpjumper FSR with me on vacation to Seagrove Beach & tried the trails at Crooked Creek & Eastern Lake. Crooked Creek is in Bay County on Rt. 79 exactly 13 miles north of Rt. 98 from Panama City Beach on the right-hand(east)side of the road. Leave a buck in the dropbox & hang the tag on your rearview mirror when you park. Trail starts out OK, but most of the trail is moderately sandy, deep sand at fireroad intersections & fair amount of puddles approx. 9 inches deep & as long as 75 yards(rained hard night before, but most of the water sunk in)& very, very HOT! 65% of the ride is shaded, but it's still hot. Even the puddles were hot. I rode the 10 mile route. Had my eyes open for rattlers, but only wildlife I saw was 1 small fast lizard. I counted maybe 5 total logs to hop, but they were located where you could get no speed up to enjoy them (just after deep sand areas, just before tight squeeze between trees, etc.) Trail was mostly twisty,& the sand is slippery. I don't think my speed ever got over 15 mph. My avg. speed was 8-9 mph. Trail could use some long straight areas where you can go faster. I race beginner class in OH & KY & have been to maybe 10 different trails. Hate to give a low rating, but I'd put crooked creek at about a 3 on a scale of 10, with 10 being best. It's better than Eastern Lake, worse than the paved 12 mile sidewalk on 30-A (gotta watch out for cars though)& no comparison to the trails I've raced on. My advice to vacationers, leave the bike at home, swim, kayak, & take a waverunner tour.

Customer Service

save your buck & your time and take a cool swim.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 07, 2003]
Pete

From GA so the sand trail is a welcome as compaired with GA red MUD. There is very little elevation gain but the sand will drain your power just as much as riding in elevation. Overall this is a fast fun trail.

Customer Service

same as above

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Showing 1-6 of 6  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

mtbr.com and the ConsumerReview Network are business units of Invenda Corporation

(C) Copyright 1996-2018. All Rights Reserved.