Morris Bridge Biking Trail - TRAIL

Morris Bridge Biking Trail - Trail, Tampa, Florida

Trail is very well maintained and can flood in places when it rains hard. Its a great place to ride and can be real fast in some places. Sandy, but in very few areas. No real climbs or decents, just rolling hills back in the woods.

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bryan24681   Weekend Warrior [Mar 13, 2011]

I just started getting into mountain biking and was looking for some local trails to hit up and found Morris Bridge. I went out to these trails for the first time yesterday and they were a lot of fun. Once you've rode them a few times it becomes easyer to start taking them faster which makes them that much more fun. There's not a lot of up hill to worry about and it really is great for the beginner. There are a good amount of roots all over all the trails but you'll just get used to it after a while. You most definitely will get lost at some point. Its kind of crazy to the new rider how all the trails come back around and intersect at different points but nothing to worry about, youll always come back to the main.

Customer Service

Indian, Gator Bait, Palmetto, Hog Wild, & Misery were the most fun.

Similar Products Used: I have not been to too many trails in the area yet, but im pretty sure my next stop is going to be Alafia.
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4
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3
eclark7   Cross Country Rider [Jan 19, 2009]

I rode this trail a couple times because my work was right around the corner. These are ok trails if you like flat. They are great to take a friend who is new to riding, or maybe the kids. There is a good amount of wildlife, pigs, deer, birds of all sorts, snakes and the occasional bum. Don't leave anything of value in your car as this is a known smash and grab zone. If you do have to go there after work, make sure you lock everything in your trunk. A rider I know came back to a pile of glass by what used to be their window and no wallet, ipod, laptop or gps. If you are looking for more of a challenge, try Boyette or Alafia, both are within a 1/2 hour or so and are built on old mining sights. Florida may be flat but all the trails are not, there are a ton of fun climbs and descents at both of those parks, Alafia is like a rollercoaster at times. Zoom zoom zoom. I have been riding for about 15 years now, and was amazed when I moved here at how great the FL riding is. However, this park is not a great example of what there is to offer down here. That being said, this place is great if you are just trying to recover from a long day of work by spending some quality time in the beautiful FL woods. Don't make it a weekend destination if you are looking for something a little more gnarly.

Customer Service

they are all ok, anything off the paved path is basically flat with different degrees of rootiness..

Similar Products Used: Boyette, Alafia. Both have hills.
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2
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2
darrinw2001   Weekend Warrior [Jan 11, 2008]

I just had to write a review of this trail system after reading some of the negative reviews by obvious young punks who only look for drops and climbs in a trail. These trails are a great way for people to get started in off-road biking. There are easy trails and some harder, more technical trails. There is "The Pits” area for the young punks to hoop it up on some drops and jumps, but for the most part these trails are made for the AVERAGE off-roader, which makes it a good thing. I can bring my 6 year old out here to get him started, or I can come out and ride a couple for the more technical trails on my own.

Rate these trails for what they are, well maintained, good variety, and just plain fun. If you want big drops and climbs go to Alafia or Santos. I love these trails for what they are.

Trails like The TOE in Lakeland and GatorBack in Alafia are currently closed since they were very difficult and too many people got hurt riding them. Not my idea of fun....

Customer Service

I park at Trout creek, go up the embankment to the flatwoods section, ride panther, Squiggy, main trail over to Morris bridge, Washboard, indian, misery, gator bait, grandpa, hog wild, palmetto and out back to trout creek. Makes a great day of ridng!

Similar Products Used: Balm-Boyette Scub, Alafia State park, Croom, Loyce Harper (Carter Rd)
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4
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4
Zadattack   Weekend Warrior [Mar 25, 2006]

The "main" trail is flat, but relatively picturesque. My buddy and I are still pretty much beginners and we had no problems with the trail. If you are looking for a nice ride through a Florida forest, go for it, but if you are looking for more difficult single track, look elsewhere. If you live in the local area, it is definitely worth checking out once, but I wouldn't waste too much time or fuel getting there. If you continue around the main loop you WILL have to ride on the hiway for just under half a mile.

We pretty much stayed in the southeast section of the park and rode the more technical trail extensions. There are a lot of roots to navigate on some of the trails, but not a single significant downhill or climb I can remember. Again, not worth driving too far for.

Highlights: Subtrails (Gator bait, Indian, Techno Pig, Misery), scenery

Lowlights: Lenght or lack there of of the subtrails, loose sand, hiway riding, main trail.

Similar Products Used: The only other FL trail I've ridden (haven't lived here very long) is the Caloosa Regional Park Northside, just north east of Fort Myers. Overall, there is less trail to ride, but a much more exciting experience. The owner of the local bike shop recommends the Alafia River State Park trail.
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2
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1
eto   Weekend Warrior [Aug 17, 2005]

My wife and I are beginners and rode this trail. We did about 9 miles and found nothing challenging at all. It's mainly just a ride in the woods. There might be parts of it that are challenging, but when we went there were a LOT of trails closed so we didn't get to see too much. There are patches of sand, but no big deal. It's a nice trail for beginners to work on their cardio, but I can see it being boring if you're in search of a technical challenge. Overall, though, I thought it was good for what it was.

Customer Service

Main, Grandpa, Misery, etc.

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3
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2
RonSonic   Weekend Warrior [Mar 06, 2005]

Okay, so maybe I am old, mostly a roadie and ride a rigid bike, but: If you aren't having fun on these trails the problem is YOU. Go get back in front of your X-Box or whatever. There aren't any hills here. It's a fact of Florida geography, deal with it. There are patches of sugar sand. See above. That covers the entire downside of these trails - the rest: wild animals and terrain, wicked switchbacks that alternately demand and defy your rhythm as a rider and marked trails with water stations is ALL GOOD. It really is about what you bring to the trail. The main trail runs through several parks with a variety of terrain and flora. You can actually tell when you're getting close to where you started by the trees and plants you see. Trails are nicely marked and laid out. Go have fun. The SWAMP club and park authorities have done a great job of creating something fun and adventurous that isn't actually dangerous. I'm rating it high aerobically because you can find plenty of locations to just pound your freeking lungs out. Technical rating's a medium, if you're riding hard enough to tax yourself then you better be paying attention to your technique. I'm also giving it a good overall score because it suits ME. All you downhill types and other mutants will hate it, that's fine. Just so we all know what's good for ourselves and know that it isn't the same for everyone.

Customer Service

Explore. First time or two follow the numbered marked trails and then start exploring. You'll see a trail branch off from the main, and then later see where it comes back to join. Next time go take it instead. I don't think it's possible to get dangerously lost here, but it is possible to get a bit nervous about whether you'll get back where you started without a desperate bonked and worn out death march.

Similar Products Used: The whole wilderness parks area.
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4
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4
rickreyn   Weekend Warrior [Jul 17, 2004]

I know this trail has no ups or downs, but it provides a great workout and scenic background. It beats spinning classes for sure. While it may be described as easy, you must concentrate because the roots are dangerous obstacles. I have a friend who gashed his leg to the bone on one. The trail with its close proximity to Flatwoods and Trout Creek can be expanded to a 20 mile loop if you know your way around. At 50, this trail is challenging enough. I have done the harder trails in Florida and NC and I am content to ride fast through the woods these days.

Customer Service

Park at Morris Bridge trail head, cross Morris Bridge Road, take 1800 Trail to Eubanks Parkway to the 7-mile Flatwoods Loop. Ride the loop for about 100 yards to the interior trail. This trail could be described as boring but is it "adds miles." After you pop out on the 7-mile loop, rejoin the main trail across the road, and take it to the levee (one climb up the bank). Take the levee and eventually descend (one momentary downhill) to the main Trout Creek road and then across Morris Bridge to the parking lot.

Similar Products Used: See above. For road bikers, Suncoast Parkway and Upper Tampa Bay Trails.
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3
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3
LiftedOne   Cross Country Rider [Jul 29, 2003]

Check the Address folks, thats right, I live in the middle of the trails. These trails are great. I have been riding them for a few years, and I never tire of them. I do not agree that these series of trails are great "family ride" trails. Maybe if you plan on staying on the paved section. There are some fairly technical trails throughout. You can ride fast, but you wont get bored.With all the switchbacks and roots in the trail path, if you arent keeping an eye out, you will be carrying your bike to the trail head. I often get home from my hour long commute from Clearwater, change, and blast through the entire loop, riding from my house, all before the sun goes down. Does anyone else love that sensation you get when you pause for a quick second to adjust your Camelbak, and you look out across the forest, and everything is moving away from you? Wicked!

Customer Service

Park at the Morris Bridge Biking area parking lot (West from 75, entrance on your RIGHT that 180's back to the Morris Bridge Entrance, dirt.) Park, suit up, and warm your legs up on the paved entrance to the park, after a few bends there is a uphill little trail onto the levee. Follow the levee over the bridge, for about a mile. To the right you will see some sort of structure thatlooks like they started a bridge but forgot about it. If you pass it you went to far. This ia about the only little downhill you can get out of these trails, so make the best of it. Be sure youre in sprint gear and drop in. Youll blast over an aluminum bridge and its about a mile sprint to the section of the paved loop. Good times.

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4
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4
ballistic   [Nov 08, 1998]

the only draw back is all the sugar sand

Customer Service

all the trails are ok good beginer trail lots of technical trail

Similar Products Used: morris bride hooks up with two other trails trout creek and flatwoods about a 20 mile loop
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3
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Jur   [Nov 18, 1998]

If it's going to be your first time, go with someone who knows a little about the place or get a map. You can ride 25 miles without backtracking on all singletrack if you know the place. Great technical rooty trails and fast tight singletrack too. Lots of trails, most of which are well groomed and ridden. Show up on Sat or Sun and ride with someone else.

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4
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