Spruce Creek - Trail, New Smyna, Florida

Spruce Creek - Trail, New Smyna, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Loop of about 5-10 miles depending on if you find all the trails. It follows a small stream to begin with and runs up and down the bank. Lots of switchbacks and roots. It then follows Spruce Creek untill it goes inland where you will find lots of windy singletrack and some tight squeezes for my 26.5" handlebars. I suppose you could jump in Spuce Creek if you had the inclination to swim in very brown water, maybe in the middle of summer when its REALY hot.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 09, 2014]
AlexK
Cross Country Rider

This trail is a loop, 3-4 miles long, well marked and among the best maintained in East Central Florida. Most of the trail is along the Spurce Creek, with a cliff on the left and a few nice views along the way. There are a few downhills and several tight turns, but one can maintain pretty good speed as there are surprisingly few sand patches. Lots of tree roots to keep an eye out for. Not too crowded, even on a weekend. Overall, a pleasant experience.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 07, 2014]
trailblaze1
Cross Country Rider

Been looking for this trail since I moved from Ormond to St Augustine. I've wanted to add it to my hit-list because it was a good little trail that had many technical areas. It also has a couple of sand pits that I can always do without, but all-in-all my husband and I both enjoyed the challenge, and will go back again.

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I've lived in N.J., Ca., Ms., Al., Az., MN., S.C., Pa., TX., and KY, and I've ridden many types of trails ranging from smoothly hardened rolling surfaces that are perfect for an increased cadence, to the softer moist soils that have a lot of flex and are filled with short climbs, but my favorite is the slightly wider jagged rock filled singletrack that's excellent for cranking it. So, my evaluations of the mostly flat-land tails found in Florida are based on the technical challenges.
With that said, Hobo (Malacompra), Moses Creek, and Swamp trails are the closest to my home, and out of the three, my favorite is Swamp. Hobo is enjoyable but short and even though Moses creek is challenging, I am reminded every year that if I go during the summer that I am sure to end up with chiggers and poison ivy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 20, 2013]
Bikevangelist
Weekend Warrior

The trail is open but a part was cut off for the scrub jays. It's a great trail though. It has some challenging climbs and some fun downhills. Great views at a couple rest areas and the trails are well maintained. Lots and lots of fun!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 22, 2012]
Adrian
Weekend Warrior

Trail flows through Sandhills and bluffs overlooking Spruce Creek. The trail is currently closed due to Scrub Jay redevelopment. Trail will reopen when land management has completed its work.

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Chuck Lennon in deland, graham swamp in Flagler.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 16, 2012]
Todd
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail during my trip to Florida from Michigan. At first I was excited by the "tropical" nature of the trail. The palms and other native plants were a nice change (especially with Michigan still in winter bare-leaf brown). The trail was very twisty and a lot of roots and erotion made me wish I had shipped my full suspension bike instead of my hard tail. There were a couple of nice "scenic stops" that looked out over the river. Overall the trail was mostly enjoyable but the sugar sand and numerous roots started to become anoying and detracted from what would otherwise be a GREAT trail. There seemed to be a lot of "other" trails around but signage was very good and keeping on the "bike loop" was easy.

Customer Service

One direction (follow blue markers).

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Also rode Chuck Lennon which was much less sandy and more technical in terms of challenging XC terrain. I would rate Spruce Creek a little higher in the "technical difficulty" rating simply for the fact that the exposed roots and erotion around them takes a fare bit of bike handling skills to navigate.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 10, 2011]
smokinoak
Cross Country Rider

I started riding about 2 months ago and have rode this trail exclusively.It is only 20 minutes from my house.A new group of trail workers have been out there every other Sat. at 8 am building berm and working on eliminating the sugar sand.The trail is flowing much better these days,you can get around it in under 5o minutes and get a REAL good workout.

Customer Service

You can only go in 1 direction.Get a map at the trailhead and follow the blue markers to the left

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 11, 2011]
vaepor
Weekend Warrior

Very nice trail. Just under 7 miles for the whole loop. An amazing amount of elevation change for Florida. Nothing too steep though- just gotta work it thru the roots on some of the climbs.

I see some people mentioning sugar sand here. I didn't think it was too bad. It did rain a little the day before. But, compared to the Snow Hill trail in Geneva, this is nothing.

Some nice spots along Spruce "Creek" (a very big creek/decent size river).

There's a nice drop/jump when you go through the power line followed by a nice sloping downhill area. Keep your speed up here, avoid the trees, and have fun. You'll see a wooden path on the ground about 30 feet long. At the end is a little drop.

As others have said, the faster you go, the harder it is.

Customer Service

Uhh, follow the loop, it's one way and the only loop. It is divided into different trails/sections though. Make sure to follow the blue arrows. You will see arrows pointing towards the bailout/hiking trail throughout the trail.

About 2.5 miles in is a nice spot to stop. I think it's called Sunset Bluff or something. It has a nice tall view of the creek/river.

After Sunset Bluff, most of the sugar sand is at the bottom of little climbs. Keep your speed and be ready to downshift for the climbs.

The Power Line trail is the second to last section. About halfway in, there's a few nice rollers.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 08, 2010]
Dan
Weekend Warrior

The trail is in excellent shape and is a great cardio workout. Lots of switchbacks, roots, some jumps and one log ride. It is roughly 7 miles of trail and they are marked very well. It is October and getting cooler, no bugs or horseflies. Great trail for a 1.5 workout.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 15, 2010]
themaildude
Weekend Warrior

I actually left work early this morning to be on the trail at 8am. I had the trail to myself start to finish. It has been dry here for the last week or so and made the sugar sand pretty bad. The trail is full of exposed roots giving your suspension a pretty good work out. Trails are marked very well, It has some good switchbacks and tight turns. Being the first rider out there today I took a bath in spiders and later on was attacked by horse flies. The horse flies seemed to ride with me the last mile or so, couldn't shake them. Even after loading the bike to leave 2 got in the truck for a free ride. I did have fun and a good work out though and will go back just not so early and maybe with some horse fly repellent if there is such a thing. With some TLC this trail could be even better.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 22, 2010]
randomproject
Weekend Warrior

I live right down there road from this place. This trail is what officially got me hooked on mtb riding. Well maintained. Bail outs, clear markers, roots, climbs, small drops, tight turns, one trail pretty much for biking, then another for hikers/horses. There are some nice spots to chill out and catch your breath. Plenty of wildlife. Some places you can climb down and check out the creek itself. If you haul enough ass things can actually get kind of difficult, but it can be super mellow if you just go at a reasonable pace. I actually took my cousin out here today (he skates/surfs, not much for biking) and he had a blast.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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