20th Ave Trails - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

20th Ave Trails - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

DESCRIPTION

While the road is rather loose sand, it does have nicely banked turns. The trail is moderately paced, with several VERY rooted areas, sharp turns and 40 deg.+ descents and climbs. Other than the Powerlines trail, this is the best I have seen in Gainesville. Speed up slightly and you might catch air of one of the humps.

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[Aug 25, 2010]
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5
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5
[Jun 01, 2007]
z415
Cross Country Rider

A lot has changed since the last review and I figured I would update it since I know people look here.

Trail starts off as a gravel/semi-paved road that is rocky and bumpy and has some potholes. The actual singletracks have good tree coverage but there are parts that has a lot of grass that almost cover the tracks. I have accidentally wandered off the trail before.

Very fast, nothing technically, and it loops around a couple of construction site and next to fences. Near the back side of the apartments it would not be rare to find loose dirt caused by bulldozers, which also leads to some short, sharp climbs and descents. There are also a couple of crossing paths and it could get confusing.

Basically short and fast.

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There are a lot, go ask about it as Mr. Goodbike on 13th Ave. They are the most knowledgeable mtbrs in the area.

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2
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2
[Jun 05, 2004]
timsajerk
Cross Country Rider

these trails really arent much good for bikes, friends and i used to play paintball back there however. recently it was also fenced off..

Customer Service

dont

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creekside trails behind cj's

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1
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1
[Sep 21, 1999]
Daniel Hall

I lived next to this trail for a couple years. It is actually 4x4 trails, and therefore can be fun because of the ruts the trucks dig. Any rain will make this trail pretty muddy, which I think is just fine. You can generate a 5 - 6 mile loop pretty easy. But there are no side trails. Just the loop. There are some short sections in the front that are interesting. Just ignore any sand trails you see, there are frequently vehicles flying around on those.
Don't ride these trails at night!! It is common for some 'group' to steal cars, take them to this trail in the middle where the mud pits are, sink the cars in the mud pit and then shoot at the cars with shotguns. I really recommend this trail for broad daylight, although I was once threatened by a 'group' in 4x4s with guns on a Saturday during the daytime. I am sure they were just 'playing' but I didn't find it funny.

If you are clever you can find side trails that come out in a soccer park east of the trails that loop back into the main entrance as listed above.

By the way, this propert was purchased and is being developed as a roller skating park, last time I was in G'ville.

There are other reviews of this same trail under another name (Powerlines).

Customer Service

Listed directions are fine.

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There are MANY trails on campus that are great although short. The 8th ave trails used to be good, but have been going downhill. There are trails on both sides of the street. There are more trails with some excellent technical sections on Archer across I75 on the left. I'll get a review posted on them. There is also the Rails to Trails which are more fun than you might think.

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3
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[Oct 17, 1999]
aqualung

I found the trails to not be worth my time. Go to powerlines. This place is sandy when dry and VERY muddy when wet. And the only way I can see it being 5-6 miles is by riding on the "4x4" roads, not enough single track there for even a "clever" rider to find 5-6 miles.

Customer Service

don't bother

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If you have to ride in G'ville go to powerlines, otherwise go to Bellview/Santos

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1
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[Feb 15, 2000]
James Basto

An intermediate trail that offers a great scenic tour through giant oaks and magnolia trees.

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2
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[Mar 02, 2000]
Eagle

This trail is not long enought to justify a trip out to the site. I live within riding distance so I enjoy it. It several interesting dips and climbs. However, it is not as long as some claim unless you like very muddy motorcycle trails. It is usually deserted when I go...then again I only go to this trail during the week ...I save the long difficult trails for the weekend.

Customer Service

Take 34th Street north from Archer Rd. and turn on 20th Ave. go down passed the fire station (43rd ST.)to the 62nd St. light...on your left is the entrance to the trail-parking. Ride towards the east on the start trail and stay away from the back motorcycle and truck trails.

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Not worth the drive. If your close it is worth the exercise. I give it a three for the few interesting dips and climbs.

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3
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[Mar 23, 2000]
CEAS

LET ME SAY THIS TRAIL IS BORING AND MOSTLY FLAT. IF THIS IS THE ONLY TRAIL I WOULD HAVE HAD TO RIDE I WOULD HAVE QUIT MOUNTAIN BIKING ALL TOGETHER. WOW - U CAN GET SICK AIRS OF SOME EXPOSED ROOTS! HAHAHAHAHA. AND THE LOOP NEVER FELT LIKE 5 MILES, BUT I COULD BE WRONG.
SKILL LEVEL: BEGINNER
FUN FACTOR: LOW
SCENIC FACTOR: ZERO
YOU GET THE POINT. IM OUT!

Customer Service

I USED TO RIDE THIS TRAIL WHEN I WENT TO UF. I DONT EVEN RECOMMEND GOING THERE. ITS GONNA BE AN ICE SKATING RINK ANYWAYS.

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POWER LINES. HARD ROCK. TRAVELING TO GEORGIA.

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1
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[Mar 27, 2000]
James Burke

I'm glad to see this trail is still around; the "skating rink threat" has been hanging over this lot for years.

This trail has a lot of sentimental value --it's the first "real" trail I ever rode, and it sparked the flame that's led me to races and adventures all over the country.


If you're new to the sport, this is an excellent trail on which to learn the ropes. It offers a few miles of singletrack through some beautiful live oak forest, a large clearing with some mud pits and bumps, and a few mild technical features you can try if you're feeling confident.

While this trail doesn't offer much for the intermediate or advanced moutain biker, it's extremely close to the UF campus (about a ten-minute ride), so it's a great way to get in a quick morning workout, or blow off a few hours in the late afternoon before hitting the bars.

If you're in the area and want more of a challenge, I'd suggest the convenient-but-challenging Powerlines northwest of town, or better, the Holy Trinity of Hardrock/Santos/Reddick in Ocala.

Customer Service

It's hard to say; just tool around for a while and you'll find a loop.

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Powerlines (G'ville)

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2
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[Aug 04, 2000]
The Sweet Pickle

This used to be a great trail to ride and I can tell you it is not 5 miles of sigle track. The trail is 2.7 miles long and it offers alot of great little technical stuff. IT is nothing to get excited about, only enjoy it because it will be apartments in 2001. I know this because I saw all the site plans and had to do the creek studies thier.

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I would like to recommend not riding the power lines because to many people are getting hurt and not using a helmet. Life Flight has come out thier 2 times and each time it was a beginner rider without a helmet. This place has also gotten some bad publicity with the Gainesville Sun news paper and the owner is threatning to close it down. I do like the trails, but this is getting absolutely bad for Gainesville. I see all kinds of first time riders trying to follow the other WISKEY'S off some nasty downhill and with no exsperience. It is fun, but it will close soon.

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2
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