Pine Island Conservation Area (PICA) - TRAIL

Pine Island Conservation Area (PICA) - Trail, Merritt Island, Florida

Trails traverse through "spoil" lands left over from mining operations in the 1960's. The area doesn't compare to Ocala's quarry parks, but it offers a suprising amount of elevation and unique terrain for east central Florida. The singletrack contains numerous 5 to 10+ foot drops and climbs with some rocky areas. I guess the trails could be described as a narrow BMX type course that winds through the woods. Currently there is 2 to 3 miles of singletrack with more in work. There are also about 4 miles of doubletrack to explore if you want. If you come in the summer bring bug spray. The ground here is very hard packed and doesn't drain well. If there has been a lot of rain the dirt road near the entrance can get flooded. The trails handle the rain much better than the road, so if the road is passible, the trails should be in good shape.

User Reviews (11)

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kathy   Weekend Warrior [Apr 26, 2011]

I just want to give a heads up cause i was pretty shook up this am. I walk here a lot, not cyclist. I came thru the gate at the end of Pine Island Road, parked, took the trail to the left all the way to the end. There is a vehicle path to the right that runs along the lake. I was walking only a short distance and a gator in the brush along the water let out a huge growl. I froze. It sounded 2 more times. i backed up and ran. It was long and low and loud, almost like a bear. there are many huge gators in this lake, some 10-16+ ft. I know it was a big gator cause i checked youtube and it sounded exactly the same.

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Brian   Weekend Warrior [May 05, 2007]

Not wanting to drive 100 miles to get to some decent trails, I decided to check this place out. After reading the previous reviews, I think a fire a couple years ago destroyed the trails that were there on the west side of the road. The parts of the trails on the east side might still be there, but the entrances were overgrown and I couldn't easily find them.

However, the ground is still there, hard packed and "hilly." I think there's a ton of potential still in this area. Currently the place is just covered in weeds and grass, so making trails would be very easy. I'm trying to drum up some interest in improving this area.

Similar Products Used: Fruit Trail!
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traceeworel   Weekend Warrior [Jan 29, 2007]

I've been looking for fun trails in the area, and I found a few sites recommending PICA, and the descriptions sounded great. However, we could not find any trails past the sand dunes, no orange markings, either. All we could see was a lot of land that looked like it had been destroyed by brush fires or a controlled burn. Does anyone know if these trails are no more? I am hoping we missed them somehow, as the earlier reviews sounded pretty good. However, the last good review I see is from 2003, so I'm thinking they probably burned, and were not restored. If any one has any info, please let me know!

Similar Products Used: Ulamay
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trulies   Cross Country Rider [Apr 04, 2005]

You guys are smoking crack or just retarded. There are no bike trails at this location...at least not sanctioned and maintained. There are a couple short hiking trails of 1.0 to 2.0 miles each. Park rules do not allow bikes on these trails...they blow chunks anyways. They only allow riding (multi-use) on one short road. There are dirt roads that are pitted by trucks so you will need a vehicle with ground clearance to get down the roads after a heavy rain. ...and don't even get me started on why the hell anyone would want to preserve a muddy mangrove mosquito haven or why people want to live within 6" of being flooded with the slightest rain..... Riding any random roadside and jumping potholes > this crap Take the ride to LittleBig Econ in Orlando or go to Ocala for some properly setup trails. rating <1

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turn-around and go home

Similar Products Used: Take the ride to LittleBig Econ in Orlando or go to Ocala for some properly setup trails.
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Garrett   [Mar 06, 2003]

I was pleasantly suprised when I first rode this trail. Lots of steep climbs and drops. Lots of tight twists and turns. I found it to be fast, fun and challenging. The only shortcomming is the length of the trail, but it looks like they are working to build more trail out there. Thanks to the guys who built these trails.

Customer Service

The route given in the description is pretty good.

Similar Products Used: Snow Hill Rd.
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Gabe   [Apr 14, 2003]

Rode this collection of Trails in April 2003. These Trails have great potential for dry conditions. Other than the road, the Trails are singletrack and some require you to use the same route-in on the way out. Easy to see that this area would be prone standing water during rainy season or hard rains. Bring your bug spray. These Trails appear to see limited riding but provide some elevation changes as described. Parking is on the side of the road and area is isolated (ie> no showers, running water). Terrain is suitable for Beginners and/or Intermediate riders. Not well known even to some locals.

Customer Service

Directions are correct.

Similar Products Used: Quiet Waters, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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Gadget   [May 08, 2003]

Just go back from this trail... The first few trails you come across off the gravel road are very short and way too easy. But as you go farther back into the park, the trails just seem to get meaner and meaner. Speed is definitely not your friend on this one.
We felt cocky after trying the first couple of short trails, and finally we hit a trail that TORE US UP!!! Banged up bikes, bloody cuts and bruises all over the place. Very technical and full of surprises when you find some of the better trails. Steep 5 to 10 ft downhills with hairpin turns either immediately at the bottom, or sometimes halfway down. Low-traction climbs and hidden rocks that knock your tires all over the place. Visibility is very low due to vegitation and rough terrain. I haven't been through all of the trails yet... but from what I've seen, too much speed will definitely get you hurt. Watch out for a few soft spots at the bottom of the downhills or you'll go over the handlebars (I speak from experience).
Even if you're just in the mood for an easy and relaxed ride, the fireroads are pretty scenic and lead out to the lakes. Not a bad place to take a date, if she's into that sort of thing. :)
Overall, this is an excellent trail for developing your technique. If you're an intermediate rider, expect a little bit of a challenge. If you're a beginner, expect stitches.

Customer Service

Pine Island road is easy to miss, so watch for the little brown "Bird Sanctuary" signs off of SR3.

Similar Products Used: Little Big Econ. LBE is not nearly as technical as PICA, but you are able to ride much faster and pull better jumps.
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Collin   [May 29, 2003]

Really fun trail, I would love about 20 miles of trails like this. A roller coaster through the woods, lots of short ups and downs, lots of tight turns. Very nice, completely covered under the canopy of trees unless you are crossing the road. Enjoy!

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Derek   [Jun 04, 2003]

This place rocks and no one was suprised more than I.I am very happy to have this trail so close to my home it was my 6year olds first ride because i didnt think anything this good could be hidden in the pine island rec area but i was pleasently surprised. the trails are a great rollercoaster ride in canopy conditions this keeps the sun from drying out the ground and making it sandy like most of the uncovered trails in Florida .I have ridden all of the most demanding trails in the area Santos, The toe ,Oleta Hardrock ,Razorback etc. And I was pleasently surprised with the technical switch backs and frequent elevation changes I run a small adventure travel company and I test a lot of equiptment there .Not only is the riding good but there is good fishing and canoeing or kayaking too.

Customer Service

skip the double track park beside the lake and do laps.

Similar Products Used: Ulamay Meritt Island
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Lance   [Jun 17, 2003]

I have to say that the only thing killer about this trail is the mosquitoes... it was allright for a total beginner, but as far as anything technical, you'll need to go somewhere else... there were some weak climbs and soft short drops... also it was super short.... all in all, I got tagged by probably 30 mosquitoes.... to sum it up,a good place for beginners but not much else....

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