8th avenue - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

8th avenue - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

DESCRIPTION

This is not really a big place to ride, but it makes a nice study break and is very close to the UF campus. There are a bunch of single track and washout trails that wind around the creeks. There is a good amount of sand and roots, so be prepared. Some parts are frustrating, but others are fairly fun. There isn't anything really technical, but the place offers some good areas to practice control, log hopping, and other things and it is a nice place to get away into the woods. On the right side of the road, there is a dry pond that has some very nice jumps. It is seasonal, and is sometimes full of water. But, it is nice when dry. Also On the ride back to campus, you can hit the Fraternity Row downhill and include it in a loop.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 27, 2007]
hockeyteeth
Weekend Warrior

I have tried riding this trail a few times within the past month and have had a miserable experience each time. I was told by the guys at Mr. Goodbike after my first visit to let the trail dry out since it had rained recently (most of Florida has very high water tables). I have returned twice since then to find the worst terrain imaginable - the sugar sand gives the least traction possible. Your tires will sink into the sand soooo easily and you'll end up pushing more than pedaling.

I'm not going to totally write this trail off because I heard from some experienced MTBers that this trail can be fun provided the conditions are suitable. Just don't ride this trail if it has rained within the last year...

Customer Service

Head East on NW 8th Ave from 34th St. Turn left into the boardwalk and dirt parking lot just after the playground and park.

Similar Products Used:

San Felasco (but it's $3 to park)

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2
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4
[Jun 05, 2004]
timsajerk
Cross Country Rider

the side with the dried pond is more a walk way than anything just a nice short cut off the road. however on the parkside is a short but fun section with dips and a creek crossing. fun lil ride but beware of the loose sand..

Customer Service

look for trails near the walkway off of 8th

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ring park up on 16th is a fun but very short loop

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2
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2
[Aug 07, 1999]
HoNeY_BLunT

This trail sucks.

Customer Service

Don't Go.

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1
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[Sep 21, 1999]
Daniel Hall

Used to ride this trail all the time when I lived in G'ville. Folks, pay no attention to the review that says don't go. There are plenty of trails if you know where to look, and you can create a five mile loop pretty easy. Sometimes it seems that all the trails don't connect, but that is because of water damage during the rainy season. You just have to know how to get around. There are several spots where you'll be jumping a ditch. If this is a problem, uh, you won't enjoy this place as much as I did. There is a LOT of area with no trails whatsoever. Just head out into the woods and trailblaze. Watch out for children and watch out for the water in the ditch. It's red because it's definitely not clean. It's okay for splashing through. During the dry season the 'bowl' can be a lot of fun. And that's just what it is. A big natural bowl. You can ride the rim all the way around, but it better to jump down into it and fly out the other side. Not too far from the bowl is an inverted bowl, a sharp hill. I challenge you to climb it. It can be tough because it is soft and there are roots.

Customer Service

Listing above is fine.

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3
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[Sep 27, 1999]
fabfive

This place has been a bike haven for years, at least since I was a kid. The trails are not hard, just really rooty. The best part is the dry pond, which has some major jumps, if you hit them right. It's not the mountains, but it's a good start for Florida.

Customer Service

none...just explore, but definately hit the dry pond (when it's not full of water).

Similar Products Used:

The Park Place Jumps...if still in existence. The Archer trails....best in Gainesville.

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3
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[Mar 26, 2000]
CEAS

when i lived in gainesville i rode around in these woods a few times. it gets old quick. i wouldnt really call them bike trails at all and they're mostly boring and flat. But if thats all u got to ride then have at it.

Customer Service

hmmmm - go wherever u want

Similar Products Used:

u know

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1
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[Sep 21, 2001]
TX CHRIS

i have wrecked so many bikes and parts here, it is fun to reminisce. this is mainly due to the large amounts of water and high jumps to flat landings that can be found by riding around a bit. there are some fun places to jump across streams and some fun log crossings.

Customer Service

if you want to do it right, then come from the top of the hill that is 8th ave, you can drop right into the trail from the sidewalk at blazing speed(recommend riding on the road, then crossing and hopping the curb, then doing the drop off into the trail)

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i am wondering if the jump across the walkway just down the hill from UPD going to shands is still going, its actually been four years since i live in g'ville, at one time you could get some serious air over that thing, with ample landing area on the other side.

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3
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[Sep 27, 2001]
Aaron

there are some nice parts on these trails,the jumps in the bowl are really nice and I've been trying to "revive" a few trails back there to make it faster.If we all go and ride them,they won't suck so bad,put in some effort man!

Customer Service

enter across from Westside park on 8th ave.just look for a sign

Similar Products Used:

Go to the powerlines!Don't let them grow over.......F**K a trespassing ticket,they gotta catch you first!

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2
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[Feb 20, 2002]
Justice

I didn't explore very far, I just found the bowl and stayed there until blood was shed. It took an hour but my friend planted his face into the ground pretty hard so we went home. The "bowl" area has been modified by riders to have lots of ramps, jumps, dropoffs, and ledges. The skill level of the dropoffs go from basic to a little thrilling. The hardest dropoff that I saw was about 6-7 feet at an 80-85 degree angle, with roots being your gripping surface. There are bigger drops in elevation but the angles were laughable to me (I wouldn't consider myself a great rider, either). There is lots of loose sand in the bowl, but not where any of the dropoffs and ramps are. Some of the bowl was covered with leaves making traction more difficult while trying to climb to the top.
As a mediocre rider I will be able to use this area to hone some of my skills (climbing w/ really poor traction, specifically). I learned an important lesson too. If you are going to gain speed and jump a ramp, make sure your clips are tight enough, because there is nothing more uncomfortable than being about 2 feet above your bike's pedals, knowing that you have one place for your weight to land.

Similar Products Used:

Same old same old. Santos, etc.

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2
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[Mar 25, 2002]
Anthony

the bowl can be fun and jumping some of the creeks is cool, but for the most part this is not much of a trail. there is nothing very technical besides the few jumps.

Customer Service

from The University of Florida head west on University ave to 34th st then make a right then you should see the main entrance on your right.

Similar Products Used:

Gainesville does not really have any good bike trails. just head to Santos in southern Marion county, it's only about 40 miles south of UF.

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2
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