Caloosa Regional Park Northside - TRAIL

Caloosa Regional Park Northside - Trail, Fort Myers, Florida

Winding trail with several short climbs and decents. Three bridge crossings of usually dry streams. Main trail is 5 miles, back loop adds 3 very enjoyable miles.

User Reviews (32)

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Rob   Weekend Warrior [May 16, 2015]

This is a must for those interested in trail riding in SWFL! So much has been done to this park since the last review. There has been new sections added in some areas that make it a bit more challenging. It's a relatively easy and fast riding trail that is smooth hard packed with berms, bridges, some rocks and roots. Plenty of beginner, intermediate, and advanced riding. Well maintained and well marked. Single track trail that alternates every month.

10 miles of trail that is a lot of fun for all skill levels. Please, no moving features from trail or skidding! If you can't ride it, walk it until you get the skill.

Customer Service

All!

Similar Products Used: North port?
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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
Roach Perez   Weekend Warrior [Feb 10, 2013]

This trail has something for every one, long, fast, some tech stuff and always expanding. New section just added with freeride options, I would recommend if ur near by or visiting

Customer Service

Changes every month

Similar Products Used: North Port
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RATING
4
VALUE
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3
MXJaxson   Weekend Warrior [Dec 19, 2011]

"CRP" is broken up into three sections; all connected to one another, and all single track. (No fire trails, other than escape routes)
As soon as you take this trail for granted, it will come up and bite you if you are pushing hard enough.
In general, the ~13 mile course is a fun mixture of fast flats in the sun, a share of sudden climbsdescents, tight narrow turns through the thick trees and over the many roots; some rocks.

GREEN trail:
- Southern front section is 75% fast open field hard pack, with a sprinkling of rollers, berms and rocks. 25% is fun root inhabited, narrow through the trees, 9 or so quicksteep climbsdescents, and a small narrow bridge.
- Northern front section is 80% along a wooded 8-foot ridge, adjacent to a stream; subtle climbs, descents, and turns ... and narrow through the trees with more roots and some small stumps. ... The other 20% is same as Southern front section - fast and flat.

BLUE trail:
Hard pack, fast, flat, lengthy, plenty of switch backs. Mostly through tight trees, plenty of roots, but also plenty of open field trailsS-turns. Scattering of firmly planted rocks. 4 small narrow bridges 6" off ground. Very few logs.

BLACK trail (aka "Far East"):
Take all of the above, cram the best parts together, add much more difficult climbsdescents, along with off cambers.

Good SWFL course for all-comers.

Customer Service

Beginners: Counter clockwise.
Advanced: Clockwise.

Similar Products Used: None.
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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
29er rider   Cross Country Rider [Apr 06, 2011]

10 miles of singletrack that is well maintained by the Mudcutters Bike Club and located 25 minutes or so outside of Ft Myers. Some corners are a bit sandy. The Far East, Nick Extension, and the three short climbs and descents on Light Bulb are the funnest part of the trail. The rest is flat and the only decent place to ride near here.

Customer Service

Direction switches every month and either way is fine.

Similar Products Used: North Port, however I have yet to ride there.
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3
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3
barnettd   Weekend Warrior [Feb 19, 2011]

Single track, mostly sandy. Transitions between open fields to woods. Nothing too technical except far east will present beginners with good practice. The Mud Cutters club does a great job of maintaining and improving this trail and it hosts cross country run events as well. It a nice afternoon ride in short distance to Ft Myers-Naples area.

Customer Service

Either way.

Similar Products Used: None are close by.
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4
VALUE
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4
rabidchicken   Cross Country Rider [Apr 28, 2009]

Hard pack, rooted, and sandy single track. The trail winds through a sunny field and along the tree line into the deeper woods at the back of the trail.

There is nothing technical about this trail. There are a couple bridges, but they are pretty wide. There are no log crossings or other obstacles other than short steep climbs followed by short steep descents.

Customer Service

The main trail rides well in both directions. However, Far East rides the best counter clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Nothing else in the immediate area.
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3
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3
Moose512   Weekend Warrior [Jun 17, 2008]

Spent Fathers Day weekend in Ft. Myers and took the opportunity to ride this trail. Went out very early in the morning and there was a good amount of rain the night before. The local club has done a great job creating this trail. There was no standing water after the heavy rains but the trail was extremely slippery to ride. That being said, I was riding Hutchinson Python tires that are not good mud tires but even a good mud tire would have had it's challenges. It's not a deep mud like we have here in Dade and Broward counties but a slippery, clay-like top surface. Made it difficult to maintain speed/traction but in the dry I can see that this trail would be really fast. I felt like I was riding on ice in some places.

There are no technical obstacles on the trail but it is a great lung burner and the new "Far East" section has some great drops and short burst climbs that will get anyones heartbeat going. I would recomend the local club revisit some of the hills in the new section and explore drainage options to insure everything makes it through the rainy season. Some erosion is beginning to start. Only other thing I can say is that the trail and park has a lot of wildlife and none of the previous reviews mention the wild pigs that I encountered a few times during my ride. For any MTBR that finds themself in Ft. Myers, take a break from the beach and check out this trail (when it's dry).

Similar Products Used: None in Ft. Myers but if you make it to the East Coast of Florida..Oleta and Markham Park.
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4
VALUE
RATING
3
wemtb   Weekend Warrior [Apr 23, 2008]

Nice cruising trail and well mantained by the local MTB club, the Florida Mud Cutters www.mudcutters.org . They just added some new trail called the Far East and are adding even more to it. I don't know how they found this terrain but this new section has some big ups/downs similar to some stuff at Lakeland or Alafia, albeit on a smaller scale. Adds a bit of technical to an otherwise fast single track course.

Similar Products Used: North Port - ATV's/motorcycles have been banned so hopefully the trails will come back East of Lady Slipper. Trail still good west of Lady slipper and across Price Blvd.
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3
VALUE
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3
DieselMike   Weekend Warrior [Feb 25, 2008]

This is an excellent trail for the SWFL area and is maintained beautifully by mudcutters.org
This time of year is the best time as the rainy season will flood most of the 11 miles of singletrack that currently exists. There are a few optional trails (especially on the "Light Bulb" trail) that push your endurance, a couple of rest areas with picnic tables in the shade and some new black diamond trails to the far east.

The trail is one way and switches direction at the beginning of each month. My personal favorite section is "Calcutta Ridge".... it's got some fast flowing smooth sections that run along a ridge with plenty of quick little climbs and drops around corners. The "3 Bridges" and "Lollipop" sections are nice flat sweeping singletrack shaded under low canopy. My least favorite section is "Tractor Lane" which is just a brief section of very rocky terrain. Rough on the joints if you're sitting on a hardtail.

I usually average 11 MPH and it takes a bit over an hour to complete the entire loop. A great workout for sure.

There seems to be new things added to this trail all the time. And like I said, the mudcutters group does a great job at keeping the trails maintained.

There is a $5 per car fee, covered picnic tables, restroom and bike wash all at the trailhead parking area.

I'd also like to mention that every person I've run into on this trail has been polite and helpful.


Customer Service

The trail runs in one direction which changes at the beginning of each month.

Similar Products Used: None even close in this area.... you must drive at least 2 hours to get to another decent trail comparable to CRP.

Alafia River State Park: 2 hours north
Markham Park: 2 hours east
Oleta River Park: 2 1/2 hours east

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RATING
4
VALUE
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5
kyle   Cross Country Rider [Oct 11, 2007]

this trail is sick i rode it last week, its aboat 10 miles long. if your ever around you have to check it out the back loop is the best. there are some little places to get some air i landed a no footer. for a FL trail its sick.

Customer Service

the back of the corse

Similar Products Used: not realy only i like
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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