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WHERE TO RIDE: FLORIDA

 
(7/26/2006)


Florida is home to one of the largest groups of ATV enthusiasts in the Nation. Sadly, they also have the least amount of prime ATV riding terrain. A lot of the remaining areas are being shut down. The growth in off-road riders has led to a lack of places to ride in this Sunshine State. While there is little we can do about the lack of acreage in Florida to recreate on, we have done our best to bring to you every ATV motocross track and ride area from the Dade to the Panhandle.

TRACKS

(1) BARTOW MOTOCROSS PARK
Bartow, FL
Bartow has a one-mile-plus main track, that is lighted and irrigated. The surface ranges from soft to medium pack. The terrain has elevation changes. The jumps are between 35 and 75 feet, and consist of tables, doubles, singles to tables and tables to singles, step-ups and step-downs. There is also an open riding area that is sand, and a Peewee Beginner track. For more information call
(863) 533-5302, or check out www.bartowmotocross.com.
Directions: Take the I-4 east toward Orlando, merge onto FL-570 E/Polk Pkwy. via exit number 27 toward Lakeland/Winterhaven (portions toll). Take the US-98 exit, exit number 10. Turn right onto Bartow Rd./US-98 E/FL-35 south. Continue to follow US-98 east. Turn right onto FL-60 W/W. Van Fleet Dr., continue to follow FL-60 west. Turn left onto Century Blvd. then follow it down till it ends at the corner of Century Blvd. The track is on the left.


 


(2) BOSTWICK CREEK
MOTOCROSS PARK
Green Cove Springs, FL
The main track is a rich black dirt, soft loam, and outdoor style track. It is motocross style with plenty of safe and fun jumps to please both the beginner and pro rider. Their Peewee track features a lot of challenges for all levels, various tabletops, bowl turns, singles and big roller hills. There are also wooded area trails with A, B and C loops surrounding the outer edge of the 60 acres.
Bike wash area is available. Overnight camping is provided, and 30-amp RV hookups are available. For more information contact (904) 284-5221, or check out www.bostwickmx.com.
Directions: From Orlando head North on I-4 and Merge onto I-95 north. Continue until Flagler Beach. Take exit 284, turn west toward Palatka on State Road 100 and follow this to US-17. Head north on US-17 for approximately 20 miles to Sun Garden Road that is a dirt road on the left hand side. Look for the large white nursery buildings on left. This is the county line of Putnam and Clay. Turn left on Sun Garden Rd., go approximately 2.5 miles to the entrance on right, look for the sign at entrance.

(3) DADE CITY RACEWAY
Dade City, FL
There is a night track that is all clay, and well lighted. The day track is combination of clay and sand sections. The facility has permanent bathrooms with showers. No electric, but scattered water outlets for RV hook-ups and bike wash. There are good concessions, and plenty of grandstands with good viewing for night races.  For more information call (352) 588-4697, or check out www.dadecitymx.com.
Directions: Dade City Motocross is located at the Pasco County Fairgrounds off of Hwy 52 in Dade City. From I-75, take Hwy 52 East approximately eight miles. From Hwy 50, take 301 South to Hwy 52 (in the heart of Dade City), turn right on Hwy 52 and follow approximately three miles to Pasco County Fairgrounds.

(4) GATORBACK CYCLE PARK
Gainesville, FL
This track is home to round three of the GNC National. It is a mix of hard pack and sand, has radical elevation changes with plenty of obstacles.  The facility has separate supercross, vintage, and hare scrambles tracks.  Plenty of pit parking with bike wash and some water outlets at south end of pits.  No electric, RV’s should be self-contained.  There are plenty of bleachers, portable restrooms, good food concession and accessory vendors. For more information call 813-470-7498, or check out www.unlimitedsportsmx.com
Directions:  If coming from south of Gainesville on I-75, exit on SR-26 (exit #387).  West on State Road 26 eight miles to NW 202, then North three miles to 46th Ave.  Gatorback is on the left.

(5) HARDROCK CYCLE PARK
Ocala, FL
The main motocross track is two miles long with elevation changes of over 100 feet.  It is a technical, hard pack track with some loamy corners and several uphill step-ups. There is also a hare scrambles course, a sand track, and a peewee track; an Outback track is an intermediate track that is all tabletops and small elevation changes. Their Rollercoaster track is 40 feet wide and is all natural terrain. There are indoor restrooms with showers, and RV water and electric hookups. You can also camp overnight without the RV hookup.  Plenty of pit space, with some trees for those hot summer days.  A parts and accessory shop is on site, which also has snacks and drinks available for practice sessions.  Full food menu is available at all races. For more information call (352) 732-6697, or check out www.hardrockmx.com.
Directions: Hardrock Cycle Park is located at the north end of Ocala on C-25A, 3/4 mile south off SR326 (Exit 358 from I-75).

(6) MOTOCROSS OF MARION COUNTY
Reddick, FL
The main track is all clay, and its design is both challenging and fun. The facility has a beautiful, and large pit area that is all grass.  There are large oak trees for shade, grandstands with a view of every inch of the track, concessions, bike wash area and restrooms.  For more information call (352) 591-2377, or check out www.mxmarioncounty.com.
Directions: From South I-75 take exit 71 and go east on Hwy 326 for about two miles. Turn North on Hwy 441 and go seven miles (make sure you stay on Hwy 441), then turn right on Hwy 316 and go approximately 1/2 mile to first paved road and turn right, follow to the track.

(7) MOTOCROSS WORLD
Orlando, FL
The track is a clay-based Motocross/Supercross style track with sweeping berms, tight corners, tabletops, whoops, doubles, triples, and step-ups which provide beginners and skilled riders alike with the best in off-road enjoyment. The track also has irrigation and lights. For more information call (407) 568-2271, or check out www.hometownmotocross.com.
Directions: From the west side of Florida there are several different options on how to get to MX World. One of the most direct routes is to arrive at 408 from the turnpike (from north) or from I-4 (from south).  Take 408 east until you run into Highway 50. Take Hwy 50 into Bithlo and look for SPEEDWORLD sign on the right side of the road—this is the entrance.  After entering, bear left and continue back past the BMX track until you reach the Motocross track.
 
(8) NORTH FLORIDA RACEWAY
Hilliard, FL
The North Florida track is red-clay based with all kinds of technical jumps and rhythm sections. The Raceway features concessions, bathrooms, a bike wash and irrigation. For more information give them a call at (904) 845-2030, or check them out online at www.northfloridamotocross.com.
Directions: Located 30 minutes north of Jacksonville, Florida on US1/US301 five miles north of Hilliard, just past the weigh station on west side of highway.

(9) QUICK TRACK MOTOCROSS
Lakeland, FL
Quick Track MX is a combination of sand, clay and dirt with a lot of big jumps including new tabletops, and step down. There is also a three-mile hare scramble trail and a peewee track. The pit area is all grass with some trees, and has concessions and bathrooms. For more information call 863 398-7970, or check out www.quicktrackmx.com.
Directions: From Orlando or Tampa take I-4 to Lakeland—Exit 38. Then proceed to State Road 33 north for a half-mile, go past Tomkow Rd. Quick Track MX will be on your left at the USA International Speedway.

(10) SEMINOLE TRIBE MOTOCROSS
Clewiston, FL
Seminole Tribe MX is inside the Big Cypress Indian Reservation. Its main track is laid with a half-and-half mixture of clay and sand. The track features all types of technical sections with big air jumps and long sweeping berms. There are concessions, as well as bathrooms and overnight RV parking. For more information call 863-983-189, or check out www.seminoletribemotocross.com.
Directions: From Orlando, take 27 South, go through Moore Haven, take 80 west about five miles. Turn left on 833, about 35 miles to reservation. Turn right on Boundary rd. The track is on left in about three miles.

RIDE AREAS

(11) APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST
Bristol, FL
The Apalachicola Forest does not have designated or marked specific ORV trails, but there are many unnumbered roads and travel ways throughout the Forest where you may ride. For more information call Apalachicola or Wakulla Ranger Districts for at (850) 643-2282
Directions: Heading westbound merge onto the I-10 W via exit 435 toward Tallahassee. Take the SR-263 S exit— exit 196—toward regional airport. Turn left onto FL-263 S/Capital Cir. N., turn right onto Blountstown Hwy/FL-20 W/W. Pensacola St/FL-366 W.  then continue to follow Blountstown Hwy/FL-20 W. turn right onto FL-12.

(12) BIG CYPRESS
 NATIONAL PRESERVE
Ochopee, FL
There is a big mixture of trails surrounded by pines and hardwoods. When not riding, the National Preserve is a recreational paradise with camping, canoeing, kayaking and hiking opportunities. The Big Cypress is a state-funded park, so there is overnight camping as well as pubic bathrooms. An operator’s permit, vehicle inspection, and annual vehicle permit are required. For more information call the Big Cypress Visitor Center at (941) 695-2000.
Directions: From Orlando merge onto I-4 W via the ramp on the left toward Tampa. Merge onto I-75 S via exit 9 toward Naples. Merge via exit 101 toward SR-84 W/Naples/Marco Island, then turn left onto Tamiami TRL E/US-41 S/FL-90 E.

(13) CROOM MOTORCYCLE AREA
Brooksville, FL
Croom consists of 2600 acres of riding area with terrain ranging from hardwood hammocks and tight scrubs to numerous pits left from discontinued mining operations. Croom is open 365 days a year with very little weather limitations. Permits are required for each ATV, that is $25 per. Overnight camping is also available. For more Information contact Withlacoochee Forestry Center at (352) 754-6777.
Directions: It is located 40 miles north of Tampa along I-75 at exit 301 at SR50. Nestled in the Withlacoochee State Forest, enter at the entrance to Holiday Inn 100 yards on the right.

(14) DAYTONA BEACH DUNES
Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach allows for a slow cruise of private four wheelers that have been tagged or there are many locations for four wheelers, golf cart, and dune buggy and sand rail rentals to be driven on the street as well as 17 miles of beaches. It is a State Beach so there are plenty of concessions and bathrooms. For more information contact: Dune Buggies of Daytona—Phone: (904) 252-4385
Directions: From eastbound take the I-4 towards Daytona Beach. Merge onto I-95 N via the exit on the left toward Jacksonville. Take the US-92 exit, then exit on the 261 toward Deland / Daytona Beach. Then merge onto the US-92 E toward Daytona Beach. Ride right onto the sand.

(15) DIXIE HOLLANDS PLACE
Gainesville, FL
There are 500 acres with muddin’ holes and trails. There is overnight camping, RV parking and bathrooms. The best time to come is when it lightly rains or during the summer. There is overnight camping and bathrooms.
Directions: Head north on the I-95 and take the SR-100 W exit—Exit  284—toward Bunnell/Palatka. Stay straight and  go onto US-17 N/FL-15 N/FL-100 W/FL-20 W and turn right onto FL-20 W/Crill Ave. Continue to follow FL-20 W then  go towards the nuclear power plant past red level to the train tracks. Go down towards power plant and turn left at any dirt road without locked gate.

(16) MALLORY SWAMP
Lafayette County, FL 
This is a seasonal riding opportunity for ATVs, offering 38 miles of loop trails on existing forest roads. There is overnight parking and bathrooms. Visit the District’s website for additional information and requirements.  Suwannee River Water Management District at http://www.srwmd.state.fl.us.
Directions: Head north on the I-275 toward the I-4, then merge onto the I-75 north. Merge onto I-10 W via exit 435 toward Tallahassee. Merge onto the us-90 W/FL-10 W/Mahan Dr. via exit 209a toward Tallahassee. Turn left onto Capital Cir NE/US-319 S/FL-261 S. turn left onto Apalachee Pkwy/US-27/FL-20. Turn right onto Idlewild Dr.

(17) OCALA NATIONAL FOREST
Deland, FL
The Ocala National Forest offers 400,000 acres of national forest with many enjoyable locations to ride Off Road Vehicles. While the Forest Service has not designated or marked specific ORV trails, there are many unnumbered roads and travel ways that zigzag throughout the forest where you may ride. There are fire access trails, old rail grades, marshes, and sand dunes. For more information contact: Forest Service, or the Seminole Ranger Districts for details at (352) 625-2520.
Directions: Head north on the I-275 toward the I-4, then merge onto the I-4 E via Exit 45B toward Orlando, and then take the SR-472 W exit. Turn left onto FL-472 W. then turn right onto the CR-4101. Continue to follow CR-410. Turn left onto E New York Ave./FL-44 W. Enter through Deleon Springs, Clermont or Ocala.

(18) OSCEOLA NATIONAL FOREST
Olustee, FL
The Osceola National Forest offers many enjoyable locations to ride ATVs. While the Forest Service has not designated or marked specific ORV trails, there are many unnumbered roads and travel ways that zigzag throughout the forest where you may ride. For more information call Osceola Ranger District for details at (386) 752-2577.
Directions: Head north on the I-275 toward the I-4, then merge onto the I-75 North. Turn slight right onto FL-10A E. Stay straight to go onto US-90 E/E US-90/FL-10 E. Continue to follow US-90 E, then turn right onto CR-231.
 
(19) TATES HELL STATE FOREST
Carrabelle, FL
This trail system provides an opportunity to ride ATVs on more than 150 miles of designated trails on existing forest roads. While riding on the trails, forest users can expect to see various ecosystems including swamps, black water rivers and pine Flatwoods. You must have a title and brief vehicle inspection, and there is also a sound-level limit of 96dB, and a USDA Forest Service recognized spark arrester are required to purchase the use permit.  Contact the Division of Forestry’s Carrabelle office for information at (850) 697-3734 or online at www.fl-dof.com/forest_recreation/ohv_index.html
Directions: Head north on the I-75, and take the US-27 N exit toward Williston/Tallahassee. Turn left onto US-27 N/FL-500 N. Continue to follow FL-500 N. Turn right onto US-27 ALT N/N MAIN ST/US-19 N/US-98 N. Continue to follow US-27 ALT N/US-19 N/US-98. Turn left onto W. Hampton Springs AVE/FL-30. Continue to follow FL-30. Turn slight left onto US-319/US-98/FL-3. Turn right onto N Meridian ST/Tallahassee ST/CR-67. Turn right onto A AVE NE.


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