As I’ve discussed before, Florida has some of the best mountain biking in the country. Old phosphate mines have been converted into MTB parks and maintained by various clubs. These clubs are a tight-knit community of like-minded people that work as hard as they play.
SWAMP is out of Tampa and maintains the best parks in the state: Alafia, Croom, & Boyette.
Ridge Riders maintain Loyce E. Harpe Park
OMBA (Ocala Mountain Bike Club) maintain Santo, probably the largest and best-known park.
Other MTB clubs in Florida are Club Mud, SORBA, Wilderness Trekkers, BMBA, Virginia Key Bicycle Club, Miami Hawks MTB Club, SCORR, Dirt Dogs of Florida, and Club Tread. There are many more, which just goes to show that mountain biking in Florida does exist and is exploding. If you are new to MTB or thinking about trying it, contact a club near you, I can assure you they will be friendly and very helpful in getting you started.
One thing you don’t want to do is ride the wrong trail at the wrong experience level, or damage a trail in any way. Our trail systems are delicate and very hard to maintain, so staying on them and following the signs is highly recommended. The trail system in Florida instantly look like you are being transported to another world, or at least another part of the country. They are beautiful and you will see trees and animals that won’t see riding a road bike, the trails are my gym, my church, and my therapy. Contact and support a local MTB club today!