Santos Trailhead - TRAIL

Santos Trailhead - Trail, Ocala, Florida

The Santos Trail Head is the primary entrance to Florida's most developed network of trails. There are over a hundred miles of trails that are accessible from beginner dirt paths to "The Vortex" Free Ride Area with huge drops and BC inspired raised wood obstacles. There are full camping facilities here with water and power hookups and that's a good thing because it is impossible to ride every trail in the network even over a long weekend!

User Reviews (6)

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Borobiker   [Feb 14, 2018]
Pros: We had a great time. Near the interstate, easy on and off. We started at the landbridge trailhead and road west. Crossed over the interstate and continued west. Very fast and flowy. Rode mostly yellow, one black. The black wasn't too difficult.
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Dave Diamond   Weekend Warrior [Aug 12, 2013]

Great trail for anyone since it offers easy to impossible level riding options. The yellow easy trails are well marked and smooth sailing. The blue intermediates are curves and a couple short drops (no air) for fun. The sign warns you correctly that if you want to try the black diamond trails they are no joke. I rode one and ended up doing a bit of pushing the bike which is not my idea of fun. I did get to see a black snake though...

This place is like a paradise of sorts for mountain bikers. Pump track, obstacles training course, trails for all levels and Florida weather. I will be back.

Customer Service

The Blues have it...

Similar Products Used: None.
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4
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4
drivengsxr1000   Weekend Warrior [Oct 03, 2011]

I rode this trail for the first time last weekend (10/1/11-10/2/11) I was very impressed with the man made obstacles and dirt jumps, there seemed to be a trail or a jump for every level from a 8" drop to a 20' drop, I also liked the fact that there was 2 different trail heads (I think there is actually 3 but I spent all weekend at the camp ground and vortex trail head) there was also people monitoring the trails and the dirt jump area, there were wearing red jerseys with a white cross on the back and were very helpful with directions and any assistance you may need. There is small dirt jump tracks at the trail heads for kids to play around on. OMBA does a great job keeping up on the trails and its obvious that many volunteer hours to keep this trail in the condition its in, I will definitely be returning for a follow up ride

Customer Service

"red" trails that circle the free ride and dirt jump area... epic ride

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4
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5
reelinfeele   Weekend Warrior [Mar 16, 2009]

The best trails in florida to learn how to ride. You can learn how to jump. you can learn super technical. If you are the kind who would rather ride for 60 miles without too many obstacles, this is the place. On the other hand. If your bike is set up for all mountain, you will bore quickly. The trails have no jumps and very little serious ups and downs. Nyals trail out at 49th street is the most complete trail in the system. The rest is for kids, lungs with legs and freeriders. if your bike weighs about 30lbs and you dont want to launch off of a twenty foot drop, you will be disappointed.

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3
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4
S-BikerInFlorida   Cross Country Rider [Feb 15, 2009]

BEST TRAIL IN FLORIDA That being said, Ive been out here twice and have had a lot of fun both times. The OMBA guys deserve a lot of credit for this being such a great trail. The first thing that impressed me was how well designed and kept up the trails were. Tons of fast twisty singletrack. A lot of technical stuff. Plenty of beginner trails to if youre not into getting too crazy. Nice scenery and plenty of shade when riding which is great for hot Florida weather. If you live in Florida you owe it to yourself to check this out.

Customer Service

I mostly enjoy the blue and red trails. The blues are pretty fast. The reds are challenging. I would reccomend trying any of the trails by the parking area in the santos section first. I liked Sinkhole and John Brown trail the most over here. Canopy and Speedway are some good blue trails. Then go across the road to the Vortex area and try Twister. That will take you to the back door trail and get you into the area around the Vortex. All of the red trails around here are tough and fun. You will have to be alert to the trail at all times. Tons of fun. GET A MAP and pick what suits you best and have fun.

Similar Products Used: Havent made it down to Nayl's Trail yet but I hear its really good. Its near the Land Bridge Section.
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5
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5
formulaone33   Weekend Warrior [Jan 24, 2009]

This is my favorite place to ride in Florida. Riders can start out on the Yellow beginner trails and progress through Blue, Red and finally to the Vortex Free Ride area all in one place as their skills develop.

Most of the trials are woody, twisty, single track. Yellow trails are fairly flat but the Blue and Red trails have lots of sudden up and down elevation changes with some leg shredding, anaerobic, steep, technical climbs on the Red trails.

In the Vortex Area there are raised paths and obstacles (natural and man made) to ride over as well as drops from a few feet to over 20 feet, a dirt jump track and a pump track.

No matter what you like doing on a mountain bike there is a place to do it at Santos.

Note that I rated the aerobic and technical difficulty as pretty high. I did this because there are certainly A LOT of tough technical trails at Santos. However, there are just as many mellow and pleasantly challenging trails for new riders and kids too.

Customer Service

Thee are too many good routes. Just talk to some guys in the parking lot and tag along or download a map from www.omba.org and go explore!

Similar Products Used: San Felasco North of Gainesville.
Alafia and the Boyette Scrub Preserve south of Tampa.
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5
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5
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