Mad Trials - TRAIL

Mad Trials - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

Tons of serious jumps, downhills, kickers, and bridges. There are also shovels out there to build up or dig down obstacles. Spent 4 hours just exploring and playing around on my first visit. Highly technical although there are a few trails for noobies. Some trails are overgrown with thorns so be careful. Helmets are a must as there are some serious rocks and hidden tree stumps. More of a biking area as most trails are overlapping. Trail length is the length of the little trails added up together. Overall, the best trail I''ve been through thus far.

User Reviews (8)

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sheke   Cross Country Rider [Nov 17, 2010]

No longer there.

The trails have been completely bull dozed. All of the drop-ins and walls have been knocked down. Looks like they're making room for the Butler Plaza expansion that was recently given the OK.

Customer Service

Don't bother

Similar Products Used: Trails that wrap around Cabana Beach apartments, the bore holes behind the dog park.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
Case Master   Weekend Warrior [Dec 18, 2009]

Multiple option Dirtjumps, light freeride, Wallrides. Some lines offer as many as 7 jumps in a row. Was owned by Butler and up for grabs when he died with out a will. Rumor has it that a land action meeting was held and development may be underway. Several parties are trying to push for legitimizing these trails against the former credo of secrecy. An informal petition is posted on the Rollin (20 signitures so far)and the City and county have been contacted concerning the lands unique soil structure and wildlife preservation.
The newest construction looks better than ever and these guys are planning on getting this place up to par better than ever in hopes of getting the city behind it. Diggers Welcome. Skilled Graf artists needed.
The original trails are said to be 15 years old. Gainesville has no clay hills like this and this should be preserved under the credit for open space and park dedication act.
I first saw this place five years ago and many generations of riders have put in a lot of work. The closer and more iminant losing them gets the more people fix stuff up out there.
Cops have been cool so far as long as you're not squatting.
I've been against legalizing these trails for ages but, I can't bear to see them get torn down when they look so good now. Check them out while you can and have a say.
Do we need another shopping center?

Customer Service

cnr SW 24th Ave. and Sw 43rd St.
29Deg37'45.89N
82Deg23'10.70

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
jflobike   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2008]

This trail is done. Thank the Gainesville urban sprawl. Once again another example of land being taken for condons.

Customer Service

Go through the haunted trailer parker.

Similar Products Used: San Flas, Santos
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
James Richards   Cross Country Rider [Jan 16, 2007]

Spent a night in Jail for being caught riding here. This area is private property and the pigs are on to it. Stay away!

Customer Service

Just drive to the jail and hand yourself in.

Similar Products Used: Santos Freeride and dirtjump area. Anything legal.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
mrbray101   Weekend Warrior [Dec 23, 2006]

I havent really rode many of the trails here but the Dirt jump area is tits. It was overgrown and in poor shape for a while, but in the last 3 months or so it has really been built up.

Customer Service

The way I normally get there:
My Girlfriend lives in Windmeadows (behind lowes/outback/butler plaza/etc) so i park there. From the windmeadows parking lot there is a small trail that cuts through to a limestone road. Once you get to the road, turn left (west) and ride for less than about a half mileand you will turn left in between two fence posts. Its pretty well worn so you will see where to turn. From there you will see the beginning of the jumps and stuff, go check it out.

Similar Products Used: Santos in Ocala, San Felasco for a peaceful singletrack ride
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
GvilleBkr   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2006]

Found it in a bad state but decided with some friends to invest some time. We've cleaned up several parts of the area but there's still a ton of work left to do. It's really getting fun though, you should check it out!

Customer Service

Ride the stuff that looks fresh, some of the older stuff has been washed out and isn't ridable...yet.

Similar Products Used: San Felasco, Santos, Razorback, Rock Trail
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Cyclopod   Cross Country Rider [Apr 22, 2006]

Tried looking for this trail today with no luck. Someone please post decent directions with street name/numbers and approximate distance where you turn. I'd really love to give this place a try.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
timsajerk   Weekend Warrior [Feb 19, 2006]

i thought i'd go have a look after seeing the first review. unfortunately it looks like this areas been pretty neglected, and the recent rains have taken their toll. looks like it was a good time at some point but it needs a lot of work. the ratings are required but seem kinda silly sense most of this isnt really in any kinda shape to ride

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
1
hunnybun523   Weekend Warrior [Jan 15, 2006]

I love this trail. This is a high endurance, high impact ride. Only advanced riders should ride this trail. The chance of injury to inexperienced riders is high as this set of tails employs 40 degree climbs and decents as well as thin bridges over deep gaps. Also the ground is littered with rocks and tree stumps that will deliver a serious head injury should you hit one when you fall of the bike. And you will fall. Even advanced riders will experience difficulty with parts of the trails. I named them trials because if you can master this course, you can bike just about anything.

Similar Products Used: powerlines
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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