Myakahatchee Creek Trails (ladyslipper parking area) - TRAIL

Myakahatchee Creek Trails (ladyslipper parking area) - Trail, Northport, Florida

The trail runs in both directions on both sides of the creek. From the parking area facing the creek the more challenging trails head out to the left. The trail to the right heads to the "Environmental Park" parking area, this can add an additional 4 mile loop but this end of the trail is DUSTY, flat, in the open much of the way and over used by quads and horses. The left trail however runs under canopy and is usually much more interesting to ride. The trail follows along the creek with lots of twists and turns and ups and downs along the banks.There is some sand, some hard-pack, many roots and various man-made and natural bridges and swales to traverse. There are also a few jumps and intentional obstacles (natural and man-made) thrown in along the way if you watch close! The trail continues on past the "dog house" down thru the dam and past the golf course to the Price blvd. bridge area. Crossing the creek can be done at several spots, but this depends on the water level in the creek and also if the bridges have been wrecked at any given time (you'll have to see as you go). Hook up with the locals on Wed. or Sun. and learn the way. (The farther you go to the left the more rugged the trails get) Also a side note; this trail and road in can become flooded for several weeks during rainy season. RESPECT THIS AND ALL BIKE TRAILS, ENJOY IT AND LEAVE IT LIKE YOU FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only the parking areas are county maintained. The trails are built and taken care of by a small but dedicated group of riders!!!!! HAVE FUN !!!!

User Reviews (9)

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Bruce   Weekend Warrior [Nov 20, 2016]

Parked near a high school and had a great 10 mile ride. There was no big sand problem, just some knarly roots. Tight single track. No big stunts. This trail was not marked so it was key to ride with local to get the most out of it. It was worth the hour drive to get to it in my opinion.

Similar Products Used: Caloosahatchee near Alva is well marked and flowing.
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4
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2
Mr Clean   Cross Country Rider [Nov 16, 2010]

This trail is not for the beginner and perfect for the advanced rider. If you are a beginner stay on the main line that runs along the river. I don't understand the bad reviews. They must be beginners or only like the smooth stuff. These trails are purposly made challenging. The side trails are very technical. You will get a full body work out here. Try to hook up with the locals or you will miss most of the trails. They ride every Wednesday (early ride 4:30 night ride 6:00) and Sunday (around 9:00am).

Customer Service

Main line to Tred Zepplin. Then to Crank Zappa. Then to Longside. Go across the spillway and take the main line to the meddows then to the new hill area. go under the Price bridge to Muddy waters then to ZZ drops then take the B line to steppen Root. Loop back around to the MTB bridge and find you way back.

Similar Products Used: Alifia, Balm Boyette
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5
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4
Bob   Weekend Warrior [Jan 31, 2009]

Could be longer.

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4
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4
Rasterman   Downhiller [Dec 26, 2008]

A fun technical trail, worth the drive from Tampa if you are in need of something new. From the parking area there is one main trail that weaves in and out of an ATV trail, then very short harder trails branch off it along the way. You follow a small creek most of the way. These short trails include man made skinnies, ladders, and small drops, including a very technical 7-8' drop off a skinny dangling in the air.

If you like to ride fast don't come here, this trail is about technical riding, due to it being poached by ATV and dirtbikes, the trail has to be built very tightly and with many obsticles. Closest comparison would probably be one of the fingers at Carter Rd. There is not much elevation change, but its made up for with many obsticles.

The trail eventually ends up going under a bridge and this is where you will get lost as it is a never ending maze of mostly flat very rooty trails, all with no signs due them being torn down by poachers.

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4
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3
JJ   Weekend Warrior [Sep 05, 2006]

Definately NOT a summer ride. The Ladyslipper parking was flooded to get to, and only able to get .10 mile before the creek had overtaken the trail. Flooded and not well maintaned.

Tried the Price street entrance but it is non existant. If there really are trails left in the area, they are overgrown and hidden behind the construction in the area. We rode back and forth several times even taking the golf cart bridge over the road for a higher view but nothing showed itself. They are redoing the bike/cart path over the creek on Price, and this has cut off the entrance to the trails.

Customer Service

Non - could not even find the entrance at Price and Ladyslipper was flooded out.

Similar Products Used: Alafia is great even in the summer. Carlton Reserve in Venice is great when its not "wet" season. Watch the power line trails for sugar sand.
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1
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1
JimmyJaymz   Weekend Warrior [Jul 15, 2006]

I just learned 'zero' is a number.

Customer Service

If you drive a 'Volkswagen' with a stick shift: to the left, down, and up. Any car/truck with a automatic transmission: shift to 'R'.

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0
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JimmyJaymz   Weekend Warrior [Jun 04, 2006]

I am sorry to say, and sad to report. I have never seen a trail of this sort. I have not seen such trail, with a hole in it's prose, in some type of atmosphere, that I can't suppose. So get away from this trail, and way out of this place. Or the bike-bug will bite your ass, and put it's footsie in your face.

Customer Service

Well, avoid the downloaded porno pictures stuck to trees, for sure. And the area where the local sheriff finds lumber plucked from close construction sites? That's another to keep far from. If you find yourself even in the area, run. Run fast. Whatever you do, just keep running.

Similar Products Used: I hope NO trails are 'in the same area'. This place is someones distant memory, and any one who is seeking reliable trails's nightmare.
Go to Markham. Go to Oleta River State Park. Or be like me and wait for 'Greenways and Trials' to make quality in SWFL. I am sorry to whoever claims Ladyslipper as theirs; I am spoiled.
I never knew 'freeriding'; where I found fun MTNB'g was always a hop skip and jump away and was NATURAL. And HARDCORE. This spot is the epitome of the glamrock scene of the eighties. Hairspray and spandex. Oh wait...
I do hope that I can persuede some County folk under the Greenways/Blueways effort here that having natural, flowing, ragged trails is going to be the mood for the soon future. These wooden tree thingies and idiot boxes are just slowing, and lamer.
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1
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1
JimmyJaymz   Weekend Warrior [Apr 27, 2006]

I ahd a Public Works employee tell me that a better trailhead is off of Price St. by the batting field. I got about .66 miles out of it. This by my best percentage. Has a good element to pace yourself if you frequent between Markham Park and Alafia. Soil is much better than you'd think, and just feels right.
I will have to park at Ladyslipper I 'spect, but that place is just horrific! It looks like the opening scene to 'The Parking Area that swallowed my Car'... of course this is a 'B' movie that only true car geeks would have in their Beta collection.

Customer Service

I'll be back.

Similar Products Used: The water is full of scent. Smell ya later.
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3
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3
BudRad73   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2006]

Thought it was a cool trail. Only been riding for a short amout of time. Total rookie. Cant wait to get used to the trail. Only crashed a few times. Hope my bike can hold up to the abuse. Hats off to the creators of the man made stuff. Saw a bad ass bridge across the river, not for me yet. Lots of roots, but thats the tech part I'm trying to learn. Bud

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4
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3
SlowJeff   Cross Country Rider [Jul 13, 2004]

Great local trails. Very technical with several man made stunts. About 10 total miles. Check out the northporttrails.org website for up to date info on the trail, planned rides, work days etc. Site has some pics and trail map. Trails are not marked as of yet but really can't get lost since the trails run from I75 towards 41 along the creek. Haven't seen any ATVs in about a year.

Customer Service

Park at either Lady Slipper or the Ballfield. Check out northporttrails.org wesite for trailhead and even approx trail map. Follow trails along creek and do the whole 10 miles (past the house/spillway).

Similar Products Used: None close by. Love Carter Rd, and Alafia.
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5
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4
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