The Rock Trail - TRAIL

The Rock Trail - Trail, Gainesville, Florida

Trail starts with some ups and downs with one steep drop. Then it climbs a dirt road before it goes into the woods for several miles of twisty singletrack. There are some open areas with a good grassy climb. This is a new trail and more singletrack will be added in the near future.

User Reviews (16)

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Boro biker   Weekend Warrior [May 28, 2016]

I agree, the root not the rock. We had fun on the trail. Close to the interstate, easy on and off. Had some fun areas. A wood bridge, see saw and some jumps, but all had options to go around if you wanted.. A couple of very short but steep uphill climbs.. Good fun though. Fairly well marked.

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3
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3
Roxanne Porozinski   Cross Country Rider [Apr 08, 2013]

They should change the name of the Rock to The Root. All roots, no top soil left.

It's easy to get for a decent ride. Racing takes place out there so there are lots of racing signs to show you routes although they are usually hanging by a thread.

Bugs :(

Still love it.

Similar Products Used: San Felasco is my favorite. It's a nice state park not too far out with 33 miles of nice trails with different levels of technicalities.

A bit rooty but this is Florida.

Trails could be marked better.
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3
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3
T7   Weekend Warrior [Oct 11, 2012]

This trail has a future. Not really to my liking, has a swampy feel to it, much of the South trail was muddy which should be on every ones mountain biking 101 list along with riding roots. It has yellow sections, blue sections, and strobe drop is red. Slalom is yellow if your going slow and black if your going full speed, 15 ft launch to landing on one of the jumps. Trail is not marked good enough and needs some ground markers instead of all the tape, lots of roads. There are about 10 houses you ride by when on the trail. With the College being in Gainesville and some effort this trail could really shine. It is a good workout and is challenging. As is you need to come here at least twice, the first time just to learn the layout. I will ride this trail again.

Customer Service

Recommend going up the road and down the slalom into the woods and then all the way around, don't forget Stobe drop area to the right of the parking area.

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3
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4
DirtyHog   Weekend Warrior [Feb 18, 2012]

Great trails, could be marked better at some spots but nothing that get you lost. Theres a couple Big drop offs for those that want to tackle that, there are a few wooden bridges to cross. It was my first trail and i was able to maintain a good speed and only ate it once due to not hitting a jump fast enough. great place, ill be going back frequently

Customer Service

all over

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4
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3
superflyer29er   Weekend Warrior [Feb 11, 2011]

Good tech trail. 5.5 miles. some small bridges added. New slalom added.

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4
VALUE
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3
palmcitytiki   Weekend Warrior [Nov 30, 2009]

We like to explore any trail and this one was really a pleasant surprise. A few of the wooden structures were off limits but it really didn't detract from the overall ride. Nice hard pack, flowing trail that was well maintained and easy to follow. It could use a few signs or markers at the intersections but other than that is was a lot of fun. Follow the previous posts for directions and guidance and everything will be fine.

Loved the trail

Customer Service

Counter clockwise is the best.

Similar Products Used: San Felaseco and of course Santos
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4
VALUE
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3
S_Fla_Rider   Weekend Warrior [Apr 18, 2009]

Very nice trail, rode it on 4/12/09, conditions were great. I clocked a total of 5.5 miles around once. This would be a good lower-intermediate/upper beginner trail, not too aerobically demanding, medium technical level, anything scary has an easy way around. Towards the end, you make a gentle climb thru a meadow to a group of trees, the downhill from here (at least 1/4 mile) is truly worth the trip out to this trail. Otherwise, the trail goes through a mostly flat forest, lots of trees, with good sight lines ahead.

Customer Service

Found the trail easily with the dirctions supplied on this site. Look for the big "The Rock" (church) sign, park behind it. See my photo album for a picture.
On the trail, there are only three areas that could use some more marking: about 1/3 of a mile in, in the gulley, trails crisscross, was hard to find the right one out (head away from the road sounds). About a mile in, you go behind a private home (big green RV in the back), trail forks. Stay to the left and you'll see the trail continue after the next corner. Note there were a lot of pink plastic ribbons on the trees and some survey stakes in this area - ignore them, they don't mark the trail. Also at 3.3 miles, on a dirt road, the road forks also, one going hard to the left. Stay straight on here.

Similar Products Used: Did Santos the next day, had a blast!
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4
VALUE
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2
pointerDixie214   Weekend Warrior [Feb 11, 2009]

This is a fantastic trail! It has something for almost all skill levels, and is a great aerobic workout. Trail starts fairly easily, but semi narrow, then gets to some difficult technical stuff with some good climbs and drops. One REALLY big drop. Then it's mainly an aerobic trail up a dirt road to some singletrack. All in all a great place, and I will be going back at least once a week here.

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5
VALUE
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4
HandyMan   Cross Country Rider [Mar 01, 2008]

The best trail you will find around Gainesville without making the drive to Santos. Good use of sink holes to make for some good steep ups and downs, even a couple of small jumps. Like everyone else said, there is more intermediate/expert stuff at the start, then pretty easy single track in a big loop around the property, with good technical bits (even some bridges). Much more interesting than San Felasco, but the scenery isn't as beautiful. Thanks to The Rock for supplying the land, and whoever made the trails, Good work!

Customer Service

Check out http://gainesvillecyclingclub.org/pdf/TheRockTrail.pdf for directions (courtesy of the Gainesville Cycling Club)

Similar Products Used: San Felasco, Santos
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4
VALUE
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3
rnjlester   Weekend Warrior [Nov 09, 2005]

This is a really nice little trail with just about everything. Some good steep stuff in the beginning and a real heart pounding climb at the end.

Customer Service

Take the trail to the right. It can be a little hard to see on your first visit. I got lost my first time and finally found the trail head.

Similar Products Used: Power lines used to be great until they ran us off. I would say Razorback and Santos are the next best.
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4
VALUE
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3
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