Flatwoods Park - Trail, Tampa, Florida

Flatwoods Park - Trail, Tampa, Florida

DESCRIPTION

Flat , fast singlerack with roots and a mix of hardpack and some sand. Trail connects to two other parks through Florida pine and palmetto hammock. Lots of wildlife. Main trail surrounded by 7 mile paved loop for roadies, skaters and walker/joggers.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 21, 2007]
DoinkMobb
Weekend Warrior

Not a bad trail for a beginner. There's a lot of roots but nothing serious. Probably a good place to take your wife or GF. There's really not too much sand and most of the trail is shaded. It's pretty hard to get lost as there are white posts set up telling you where to go.

Customer Service

After maybe a 1/4 mile down the trail, hop into the woods on the left.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 11, 2006]
djaone
Cross Country Rider

Location Location Location... This is the closest trail to St. Pete. so it's nice to get to quickly. There is a lot of single track that you can reach quickly from the parking lot. Another nice thing about this trail is the eye candy. Roller blades and campus life....

Customer Service

find the single track quickly, get off the pavement.

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head north and go to gatorback or hard rock.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 06, 2006]
carnage
Weekend Warrior

This an intertaining trail, mostly winding single track. just doing the main loop will take you maybe 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours or so. the best part that ive been to so far would have to be coconut grove and the section of lake just before it. none of its to technical, its perfect for those who want to try mountain biking. a word of caution to the wise though, consider skipping parts if you are ridding a rigid bike.

Customer Service

start at bruce B Downs, take the paved trail to squiggy(which is a simple warm up). when squiggy ends hop up on the levee road and follow that to the main trail, and follow that all around. this way if you get to tired you can always take the flatwoods loop around. after 20 miles or so(including getting lost and doing a full loop around flatwoods:P) you will be glad Moe's and Coldstone(food:)) are near by.

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just moved here, using flatwoods to practice so i can really enjoy the harder parts of Alafia

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 27, 2004]
The Big C
Cross Country Rider

No, it's not the most technically challenging..by far... BUT it is the closest thing to tampa, and you can get a kick butt aerobic workout out of it. If you are not in the big ring the entire ride, you need to evaluate your fitness level. This trail is made for FLYING. Interval training is fantastic here. all the benefits of a road ride minus the cars.

Customer Service

Do the BIG loop all the way around. No stopping.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 01, 2000]
Trek-kie

Just getting into off road? This is a perfect place to hone your basics. Lots of twisty and rooty trails through woods and palmetto flats. NO elevation at all. Nothing technical at all but a lot of hard switchbacks. Some areas are real tight between trees. THIS IS NOT A PLACE FOR EXPERIENCED RIDERS. They will think it's boring and it probably will be for most. But it's great for a quick workout or do both parks for a good cardio workout. Trails are marked well and they are numbered to be ridden from low to high. With low visability of what's ahead, it's important to ride the right way. The park offers something for everyone. A paved loop offers roadies and bipeds a smooth continuous run. Plenty of wildlife in the AM. Deer, hog, turkeys and more. Weekends are very busy.

Customer Service

Start at south end of paved loop and go right(one way loop). Look for trail marker 21 about an 1/8 of a mile on the left. Take all connecting trails through 41 and come out on pavement. Go right to main loop and stay to the right back to start. A little further up on right ,where you came in, is the 1800 trail. This will take you to Morris bridge where there are more trails.

Similar Products Used:

Santos, Carter rd. and Morris bridge

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 05, 2000]
GitterDone

Trek-kies review below is spot on,just wanted to add be aware of XC runners using trails here and at Morris Bridge-endoed after one surprised me around a corner!

Customer Service

see below

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 24, 2000]
XCman

i am a pro xc racer. actually finished 23 in the worlds last year in budapest. I drive a mongoose sewicky with XTR everything (its part of the buisness folks), marzochi bomber fork, and michelin tires. i have been racing about 11 years and am considered one of the finest US racers of all time. And to tell you the truth folks, these trails are wicked!!! I have nevr ridden anything close to them in terms of speed and hardcorocity. I have ridden parker pass in alabama, shenobi square in germany, and even walter kronkite dip in Nevada (all considered the hardest in the world, please folks don't attempt these trails unless u r expeirenced like me). But none of them can compare to flatwoods. its fairly flat but the massive roots, scary switchbacks, and pure speed of the trail is radical. i endo probablly 8-10 times when in flatwoods and often injure myself. i am prone to weight gain so my riding suffers when i am hurt. i eat alot. all in all these are the most hellacious traila i have ever ridden. especially around the bog, one mistake and u could be in quick sand up to your shifters. i would not ride these trails unless u r a seasoned pro like myslef. this is as extreme as it gets folks, good luck.

Customer Service

park off bruce b. downs, past home depot on the right. hit pavement for a nice 20 minute or so quick sprint hammer. trails start after information board after other parking lot. drop in to your left and just hang on folks!

Similar Products Used:

santos

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 02, 2000]
Mookie

This is a BEGINNER's course. A safe rider will have no problems navigating or staying on the bike.

I have only been riding a few months, still a beginner, and I find the Flatwoods a little more fun for a planned ride than Morris Bridge. It is one continuous trail instead of numerous outlets. I rode it this Sunday and you can spend 30 to 50 minutes depending on your speed. The sand here is hard enough to hit cruising speed on some parts and the roots and switchbacks will keep you alert. Part of the park burned over the summer so you might feel like you are in the Enchanted forest or the Blair Witch project. There are a lot of armadillos and deer, right in the trail sometimes. There are a few fireroads that you can bail out on to the asphalt loop. As Trekkie said, experts need not apply, but if you are a beginner you can use this to develop your skills. Morris Bridge has more sugar sand and ups and downs to challenge your technique. Put the Wilderness Parks together and you have a nice ride that will last a couple of hours and more than a few miles.

Customer Service

As stated by Trekkie - By the main parking area you can also cover the trail from Morris Bridge Rd. and out to the water (markers 20-24), then double back and hit the Eubank Pkwy trail over to the main loop (25)entrance.

Similar Products Used:

Reddick, Carter Rd., Morris Bridge

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 12, 2001]
Mtber

good trails lots of diversity,just no elevation,lots of wildlife deer,wild boar,wild turkeys
Oh and by the way XC Man is a lying piece of crap,from what he wrote you can tell he is a lying shmuck

Customer Service

good directions at top

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 07, 2001]
Carl

Really this is three (or six, depending if you count the "boat ramp" parks also) very different parks recently connected by a well marked main trail loop. Lots of diversity here, and not much sugar sand. (as some have complained about in FL trails.) Mostly all single-track, there's flat, fast sections (try the Flatwoods internal trail), and awful (=awesome!) rooty drops & switchbacks to challenge you as you like. And that's really the heart of the Morris Bridge System. . .it's exactly what you make of it. there's no big drops, climbs, or DH, but great tech workouts. A newbie can enjoy most of the trails if he/she takes it slow; and a pro can be taken to the mat easy without pushing real hard. Some of the tougher trails here (Misery, Gator Bait) are slow go or you eat a cypress knee. Try racing Coconut Trail on the Trout Creek section if your knees love riding over a landlocked logjam of palmetto trunks. It can be a real blast, but eat your wheaties if you plan on doing the full loop at a good pace. ice cold water stations and restrooms available at the Flatwoods park. Get there at sunrise and count how many deer you see. We counted ten last ride. Mostly hard-pack and roots. The only sugar sand is in sporadic places, and only for maybe a few feet or yards at a time. The WTA does a fantastic job of maintaining these trails, and has put down wood chips on most of the sand, and restored traction to some of the sandier sections. Most of these trails are fully shaded. Helmets are required on all of the trails. On the weekends, Park Rangers monitor ch.1 of those personal 2-way radios, so bring 'em if you got 'em. Like I said, these trails can be as great as you are a rider, so get out there and ride 'em yourself, you won't regret it.

Customer Service

1-75 to Fletcher Exit. . . East a mile or two to the Flatwoods Park entrance.

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5
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