The Marjorie Carr Cross Florida Greenway consists of
93,228 acres that stretch 110 miles across Florida—from
the St. John River to the Gulf of Mexico. In the middle of
the Greenway lies Ocala’s Santos and Vortex Area
Mountain Bike Trails. The bike shops call it “all-terrain
biking” since the nearest mountains are hundreds of
miles away, but Florida’s Ocala mountain bike trail system is
mountain biking to us (without the climbs). Trail maps are
located everywhere in the area.
Honestly, we don’t understand why every self-respecting
mountain biker in the Northeast doesn’t make an annual pilgrimage to this area. It is rideable while New York, New
Jersey and New England are still packed in ice and snow.
Fruita is located on a plain overlooking the Colorado River, with
great trails and marvelous sandstone formations. The trails are
fast, flowy and fun, and the
scenery is spectacular. Fruita has
great riding all year long, but
springtime is the best time to visit.
The Horsethief Bench Trail is
your first “must-do” around
Fruita. The Tabeguache Area is
home to the Lunch Loops Trail
System in the town of Grand
Junction, which is only about 15
minutes away from downtown
Fruita. Smart riders will put
together a four-day weekend so
they can hit both Moab and Fruita
on the same trip. They’re only a
couple of hours apart, and both are
outstanding mountain biking destinations.
Ocala rocks! People who’ve
been to Florida in the past are
often shocked to find how
good the trails are in Ocala,
just 80 miles north of Orlando.
Lance Trappe and Jeff
Lenosky love the area.
Fun trails: Fruita, Colorado, has great
trails for everyone—from beginners to
experts. April and May have the best
weather, with temperatures in the 60s
and 70s during the day, with only an
inch of rain a month on average.