Alexander Springs trail - Trail, Ocala, Florida

Alexander Springs trail - Trail, Ocala, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Flat and very sandy. Not many climbs but there are a few rolling sections. Due to low maintenance there are many sections in the first couple of miles that require you to dismount and carry your bike over or around down trees. Most people should be able to ride most of this trail in the big ring.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 08, 2013]
Mike Stephens
Cross Country Rider

Great trail, well marked with yellow diamonds and yellow carsonite posts. Very well maintained by the Ocala Mountain Bike Association (OMBA). OMBA adopted the trail via an MOU with the Forest Service last year and has been maintaining the trail since that date. A few areas of sand as well as rolling hills. Lots of wildlife including bear, deer, fox squirrels, etc. Definitely a wilderness experience so bring what you need to be prepared as there is little to no cell service. Great 22 mile workout ride with lakes/springs on either end at the recreation areas.

Just rode the trail on 7/6/2013, and it is totally open and very fast as the recent rains have compacted most of the sand.

Customer Service

Clockwise.

Similar Products Used:

Santos

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4
VALUE
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2
[Nov 07, 2009]
keninpcfl
Weekend Warrior

We started at the trail head across the street from Alexander Springs. The begining of the trail has a half dozen trees blown over it that you have to carry your bike over. After that, for the next mile or two, the trail is an easy cruise with great views. We saw two beautiful deer. At about 2 or 3 miles in the trail begins to narrow. Eventually narrowing to the point of dissapearing in thick brush. We turned around. This trail sees little to no use judging by the lack of bike tracks. Lots of sand spurs. We both had flats. Bring tubes and needle nose pliers! With some maintenance, this could be a great trail if your looking for an easy cruise through the woods. We wouldn't go back though.

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Graham swamp!! Totally different experience with lots of challenging terrain. Extremely well maintained.

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2
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1
[Mar 14, 2007]
Scurge
Cross Country Rider

Ok,here's the deal..I live close by this trail and ride it frequently...#1..Bring PLENTY of water! There is none on the loop.#2 Try to ride after it has rained a significant amount..it can get very dry and sandy without rainfall.#3 Avoid riding during hunting season...three words..maniacs with guns!#4 Bring plenty of patches and or tubes..it is a long way back to the car..if you do the whole loop you can at one point be as much as 12 miles away from your car,and there can be thorns,mainly cactus.As long as you are prepared and ride safely this is a decent trail to ride.It is not a technical ride but if you like logging miles you will have a good time. I hav'nt had any navigation trouble,as some people have stated,but at times,the yellow diamonds they use to mark the trail are melted off the trees from prescibed burning,and or on fallen trees,so pay attention,I could see someone getting lost if they don't pay attention..if you go more than say 100 yards and don't see a yellow diamond,stop and backtrack until you find your way,before you get too far off course.Hope this helps anybody considering riding this trail.See ya out there!

Customer Service

I always park on the clearwater lake side trailhead and go clockwise..although this is a two way trail..keep an eye out for oncoming traffic..clockwise offers less climbing and more coasting...you choose.

Similar Products Used:

Santos and Razorback west of here...or spruce creek preserve about 30 miles east.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 18, 2006]
iwander
Weekend Warrior

The trail is very clearly marked with bright yellow diamonds and directional arrows at very frequent intervals. It is well-documented as being open to bikes. There was only one tree across the trail, all the others had been cut to allow easy passage. Sand was bad where ATV trails and firebreaks crossed, otherwise, the surface was pretty good, at least it is by this South Florida resident's standards. I only had to walk a few really sandy uphills -- and I am a below-average hill rider. The scenery is pretty -- quiet pine and oak woods. The loop is not crowded. I did the whole 20 miles on a late Saturday afternoon without seeing another soul. Carry water. Carry extra water. Bring a spare tire and/or patch and a pump. There is a tire-puncturing cactus deep out there in the woods.

Customer Service

Camp at either Lake Clear or Alexander Spring. Ride, have a swim afterwards :) The whole loop is about 20 miles with trail heads at each campground/recreation area. There is a cutoff half way to make a 10 mile loop from either starting point.

Similar Products Used:

Santos

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 16, 1999]
Richard Glover

This trail is a sand marathon total of about 21 miles or you can do half. It starts at either Alexander Springs and heads south or at Clear Lake Park (not absolutely sure of park name) and heads north. This is an effort to ride, pure sugar sand almost all the way. Ride only after many days of rain, during rain even better. No water on trail only at each end. No fun at all really, just for endurance training or if you happen to be staying at Alexander Springs State Park which is quite nice. A good place to camp and then go East to Spruce Creek (an excellent set of Florida trails) or go West to Santos (an even better set of Florida trails).

Customer Service

It is south across street from Alexander Springs or West of Paisley at entrance to Clear Lake Park to north

Similar Products Used:

See above

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1
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[Oct 22, 1999]
kleinstein

I have never ridden a trail that was not worth riding..EXCEPT THIS ONE!!!! Save your time and drive the extra 45 miles to drive to Ocala!

Customer Service

What ever you do, don't...

Similar Products Used:

Spruce Symerna Patch

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1
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[Nov 20, 1999]
Spuck

One area of the loop is okay for riding. Of the 21 miles about 2 are fair and the rest sucks! I might ride part of the tail near Paisley only for a workout and because it is near my home, but don't make a trip here - go to Bellview. It is worth the extra hour.

Customer Service

19N from 441 about 5 miles north of Umatilla look for signs to Alexandar Springs and ask someone when you get there. Not easy to find this one unless you know the area. For the other side of the loop there is a trailhead at Clearwater lake in Paisley off 42.

Similar Products Used:

Bellview

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1
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[Jan 25, 2000]
eric from MI

I'm from MI> so in mid Feburary this trail rocks don't be fooled by other whimpy reviews of this trail. Yes there is some sand , but its not bad i've rode this loop 3times and each time it was quiet and senic plus you must swim in the spring at the end of the ride.

Customer Service

do the whole 17 or what ever miles and start at Alexzanderspring

Similar Products Used:

Hard rock

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3
VALUE
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[Aug 20, 2000]
colette

For a first time ride here, after reading reviews, I beg to differ. Not as sandy as reviews indicated. Mainly large chain ring ride. Very scenic and visable single track. Only place I've seen with little scrub brush. You can see small hills through a pine woods that reminds you of the Black Forest.
I give this the highest rating for those with a roadie background

Customer Service

40 miles from daytona.
92 into deland,44 west,take right onto 42.on right side in paisley (clearwater lake)

Similar Products Used:

spruce creek,snowhill,santos, hard rock,reddick,hanna park,etc.

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5
VALUE
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[Sep 23, 2001]
Bob Michaels

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED TO BIKES by Federal regulation. It's not a great ride and builds ill will with the National Forest Service. Ride a better legal trail, of which there are many

Customer Service

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED TO BIKES by Federal regulation. It's not a great ride and builds ill will with the National Forest Service. Ride a better legal trail, of which there are many

Similar Products Used:

The Paisley Woods to Alexander Springs loop is one of many open to bikes. In fact, just about eveywhere else in the Ocala National Forest is open to bikes.

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1
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