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The Caloosahatchee Regional Park mountain bike trail is located a few miles east of 31 on North River Road. It is a single-track and has challenges for beginners and novice mountain bikers. The trail is composed of fast, flat, open areas combined with trails that that tear through variations of Florida’s diverse ecosystem.
There are plenty of switchbacks, limestone pits and root laden trails. During the summer months, the trail can become steeped in deep mud that makes riding a chore. Recently, additions of topographic relief had added to the difficulty associated with ascents and descents. Thankfully, the trail has several optional areas that a mountain biker can ride or bypass. A unique feature about this trail is that the entrance and exit switches the first of each month, allowing for two unique riding experiences on one trail.
The Caloosahatchee Regional Park mountain bike trail is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Restrooms, bicycle washing stations, hot water, and detailed trail maps are provided. There is another section of the park across the street that has camping spots available and walking trails that lead to the river. It’s a great place to camp or just stroll through the deep canopy of ancient Florida. A parking fee of $1.00 per vehicle per hour is required. The trail is maintained on a monthly basis by the Florida Mud Cutters and they are always looking for help.
Things You Need For Mountain Biking
- pump– It won’t save you if you get a flat tire, but it’s always good to put a little air in before launch.
- gloves– Maybe not, but gloves make every sport look a little cooler.
- helmet– Yes. It took me riding the trails at Markham Park in Fort Lauderdale to be convinced.
- medicine/bandages– Be cautious when riding. It hurts when anyone falls off a bike, but it really hurts when a grown up falls. I usually just lay there for a few minutes, considering my lot in life. Having some Johnson and Johnson Band-Aids and Neosporin in your first aid kit might not be a bad idea.
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What needs to be in your mountain bike kit? Where else do you ride in South Florida?