Crusty Knuckle ATB - Trail, Jacksonville, Florida

Crusty Knuckle ATB - Trail, Jacksonville, Florida

DESCRIPTION

There are several loops scattered all over the area. There are currently about 10 miles of singletrack in the area. It is basically flat but rolling terrain, with very tight twisty, rooted singletrack. This trail is rough and not intended for the average beginner. This is a great trail for those who like it technical. Use extreme caution, and prepare to get your butt smashed in!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 21, 2008]
Stony Danza
Cross Country Rider

Some overgrown paths still discoverable, makes for a little bit of an adventure, but not a good solid ride.---> I used to ride redbug and live oak in tallahassee with my dad when I was growing up. I soon grew out of my bike and moved on to competitive rowing on my highschool crew team. I live in southside Jax now. My dad recently gave me his old kona cinder cone, and I've been having a blast. I have rode Hannah a couple times and made the trek over to Fort Clinch recently. Yesterday, after learning about crusty knuckle's existence online, I went looking for any trails I could find. I found a trail head on the north-east corner of the intersection that lead to a bridge and then a sign that said poundcake (to the left) and something with hop in the name (to the right). Poundcake looked pretty overgrown so I took the path to the right which took me on a decent ride up along a man made sort of creek. The trail was characterized by a bunch of up and down mini hills/bumps that ran along side the creek. These bumps were probably originally mounds of dirt dug out of the creek on the right side of the path. There were lots of spider webs along the way out that I had to stop and eliminate. Eventually, after riding the entire length of the trail an veering left for a few hundred feet, I didn't know where to go to continue on the trail. The way it looked like it was supposed to go was off the bumpy little hills down off of the into the really flat ground area that was completely too overgrown to ride. All in all it was skinda fun for being so close to home. The bridge was in vey good condition and a couple of the bumps were carpeted. I then went into Melrose apts. and entered the old south-east corner trails int here, I first went left and found the entrance to the trail from right behind the Jea electrical type facilities surrounded in chain-link fence. I turned around and ran out of ridable trail right where I first entered in Melrose. Right at that point there is the remains of an old bridge across the creek and you can see where the trail continues on the far bank. I was tempted to walk my bike through the creek and see what I could find on the other side, but I figured I could post here and see if anyone who used to ride there and used to know the trails was interested in crossing the creek and scoping the trail on that side out with me since I have no idea what the situation out there is. Please respond if you would like to re-blaze the trails.

Customer Service

Why doesn't anyone ride these trails anymore? There is obviously still trail heads and trails. For the Hop/Poundcake trail head, go east on Beach past Kernan, and then enter the trail on your right just east of the drainage ditch that is just east of the Nursery. For the Melrose apts. entrance, enter Melrose, go left until you see the brown wood fence, park and go between each of the apts closest to the woods until you find the entrance.

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I really wanna cross the creek behind melrose nd see what else I can find. If anyone knows of any other trails/trail heads, please post and let me know.

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3
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3
[Dec 07, 2004]
ufgatorsdm
Weekend Warrior

True melrose apts the golf club a couple of housing developments have been built in the area, there are still alot of trails. (I made most of them as a child 1 example is the bunny hop. Plenty of good rythym will make for a fast ride along the edge of what was a tree barging canal.. now made into a storm drain. more trails behind UNF as well. I picked 4 on the overall difficulty but in all honesty the trails all vary in their own as well as how hard your willign to pedal and how fast you wanna squeeze your endbars between a couple trees here and there. mine barely cleared a couple

Customer Service

one entrance to the original barge creek located 1- in back of melrose apts. park in the publix head south on kernan. Bunny Hop is still open (beach Blvd at kernan) (facing west) just west of the nursery is a storm runoff go just past the drain maybe 5 ft and down to the woods there you will enter and cross a very very narrow bridge continue into woods and there will be two trails seperate (signs at trail seperation) the rest is kinda up to you). Also several other possibilities for similar ride behind melrose apts is the rest of the original creek. even an old wooden bridge if you follow it back far enough. (Note: do not try to jump bridge on a bicycle youll get quite wet)

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there are nearly 200 trails in the area( formerly known as G. Hodges Tree farm), and plent of area to explore. I grew up in this vicinity and spent years in those woods making trails on foot, bike, and dirtbike. you cant get lost just head north south east or west and youll find a main road. Happy exploring. Hope to see you all on the trail.

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4
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4
[Aug 19, 2004]
mtbdave3
Cross Country Rider

its no longer there !!!!! Appartments now are in its place.

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1
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1
[Jan 17, 2004]
jirizarry
Weekend Warrior

Hi, I just went and ride this trail today, it’s a nice fast trail. Not too technical, just a nice loop to go thru fast. For those of use who live a bit far from Hanna, it's a good trail to train during the week. The entrance and exit are quite elusive. Here is a pic to put on your Web. Regards Juan Irizarry Jacksonville, FL

Customer Service

Entrance to the trail is behind the JEA enclosed area just before Melrose Apts. if riding south on Kernan.

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Hanna Park, Guana Park.

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2
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2
[May 08, 2000]
Blue Mantra

This trail has its strenghts and weaknesses. First the good. Maintenance is decent, the guys that live near here seem to do a good job. There are several areas of whoop-dees and a few small(6-7') sprint climbs and drops, one drops right narrowly through two trees-fun, and some technical rooty areas. The bridges are narrow, which is fun, but one is a little suspect in strength. Some areas with small logs are not bad to ride through also. The drawbacks in my opinion(and my buddy's) are the sewage infested mud and water that is often close by. My buddy wheelied through a patch and he smelled something awful! The water in the creek is not much of an improvement so stay on the bridges, or you'll never get near a girl again. Roots are everywhere, while technical, they do get a little old after a while. Nothing really challenging, but certainly worth your time if you live in the area. It's more challenging than pansy Hannah Park anyway, and its hard to have a bad trail. Really a 2 1/2, but I'm gonna round up.

Customer Service

Start just past the Atlantic Self storage on Kernan for about a 5 mile loop, spur trails off loop.

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3
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[May 22, 2000]
lindsey caskey

fun trails lots of whoops roots technical sections fast sections good combo.More fun than hannah if you know all the trails.I live 1 mile away and rode every other day for a year and still did not know all the routes.intermediate trails the faster you go the harder it is.

Customer Service

hard to find all the trails unless somone to show you go on group ride thurs.

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4
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[May 26, 2000]
GT Rider

I rode this trail for the first time last night with the guys, and girl, that meet there every Thursday night. A lot of whoop-dees, but can be fun after a while. Plenty of roots and tight turns, mostly flat with some sandy spots, some good climbs and downhills, some tight places between trees that make you stop and walk through, wood bridges that are really fun. Carlos and the guys have done a great job with maintaining the trails. If you live in Jacksonville and think Hanna Park is tough, try Crusty Knuckle, Hanna will be a breeze after riding the Knuckle! See you on Thursday nights! Live to Ride and Ride to Live!

Customer Service

meet at the Video store by Publix on Beach & Kernan every Thursday at 6:30 pm for a group ride!

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Hanna Park (easy after the Knuckle), Ft. Clinch

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4
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[Jun 07, 2000]
Bleeder

The area as a whole is certainly more fun than Hanna, with the trails being a stong-intermediate at best. The two new "bridges" that have been fashioned are very clever, and the jump near the beginning on the east side of Kernan adds a little "fear-factor" for the less-skilled rider as well. Synopsis? : The rolling hills on both sides are great fun as long as your at speed; the one large carpeted hill is a leg-churning endever; the tight areas between a few sections of trees are interesting if you're into them a bit too fast (my left shoulder still aches); and I didn't find the roots to be all that much of a major headache to maneuver around considering what STATE we're in! By now, I've ridden the trails that I could find on both sides of Kernan more than 25 times, and I'm having some difficulty believing there are 10 miles of trail out there. Though it feels more like 4-to-5, the ride is definitely worth the time it takes to find it, especially if your in or around J'ville. Yes, the creek it runs along on the east-side is not the cleanest, but the blame goes directly to the city of Jacksonville. Just don't fall into it, and you'll be fine!
CUDOS to those that have made and try hard to maintain these trails. When you ride, take notice that the newer additions were all made of degradable material and will make no impact on the natural surroundings. The riders here also seem to take out what they bring in, so please respect the area and do the same. Peace!

Customer Service

At the intersection of Atlantic Blvd. and Kernan Rd., park your car at the west end of the Publix parking lot, and ride your bike south along Kernan to just past the Atlantic Self Storage facility on the left. Look behind the small electric building to the right of the storage facility, as well as directly across the street. Ride...

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Ft. Clinch or Hanna are your only choices close by.

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4
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[Jul 26, 2000]
Perry

Great trails to ride after work during the week. Go to Hard Rock or Reddick on the weekend. Would not recommend riding these trails after any rain. Can be very sloppy. Good group of guys ride on Thurs. night. Try to keep up. Not for first timers, kind of tight in spaces.

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3
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[Aug 08, 2000]
Bleeder

O.K., I've found the other trails, and they do add up to @ 10 miles of great singletrack. Hammerhead and Root Canal, through Ryals' Swamp, are fantastic, appropriately named, and certainly worth the effort to find. To anyone coming here for the first time, I recommend coming to ride with the group on Thursday evenings at 6:15, or with someone who knows the area. The trails are somewhat spread out (for instance, the lightly-travelled "bmx-like" trail named 007 is almost 3 miles further west on Beach Blvd!), but worth your time and effort. Unfortunately, "progress" will eventually destroy some of the trails built along Beach Blvd., but with on-going improvements, the remaining trails, as well as newer trails to come for the area, will be better than ever. Now, get out from behind the monitor, get off your ass and ride!

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