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Old 04-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #1
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Northeast FL Trails

i put a thread on the trails forum too, but i was wondering if anyone in the NE FL area has a suggestion for a decent area to get my new toy dirty. there's so much land around here, there's got to be somewhere closer than ocala nat'l or osceola nat'l forests.

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I hear ya buddy. I've been wondering the same thing....I usually ride around Osceola Nat'l Forest...there are some great trails back there, I don't know of much else around here...

There's a lot if state parks but I don't know if you're allowed to drive around the trails in a vehicle...I've been meaning to try some out.

Have you ever been up to Huguenot park? Not too much in the way of trails but pretty fun to get on the beach and on some if the deeper sand rides. Hope someone else chimes in with a good place.

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i'm not a fan of beach driving. i do get the attraction out there, it's just not something i think is a good idea from an enviro perspective.
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I always head over to Ocala. Don't know anywhere else with that much acreage where it's legal to wheel. There was a thread a few days ago with some pics of a few guys wheeling in Inverness. It didn't even look like Florida, looked more like north Georgia with hills and gullys.
Count me in if anyone knows of a place to explore and wants company. Always ready to get dirty. Don't mind driving up from Daytona if I'm not working.
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I always head over to Ocala. Don't know anywhere else with that much acreage where it's legal to wheel. There was a thread a few days ago with some pics of a few guys wheeling in Inverness. It didn't even look like Florida, looked more like north Georgia with hills and gullys.
Count me in if anyone knows of a place to explore and wants company. Always ready to get dirty. Don't mind driving up from Daytona if I'm not working.
too be honest, the trails around Inverness pleasantly surprised me. a little bit of everything. lots of climbs, some pretty technical, some a lot easier than they looked.

we'll probably be headed back out there soon. maybe a week or so after Jeep Beach I imagine.
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too be honest, the trails around Inverness pleasantly surprised me. a little bit of everything. lots of climbs, some pretty technical, some a lot easier than they looked.

we'll probably be headed back out there soon. maybe a week or so after Jeep Beach I imagine.
Tabber, I was wondering if you could run those trails with out lockers. Some of spots looked pretty hairy. Maybe I'll catch you at Jeep beach.
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i put a thread on the trails forum too, but i was wondering if anyone in the NE FL area has a suggestion for a decent area to get my new toy dirty. there's so much land around here, there's got to be somewhere closer than ocala nat'l or osceola nat'l forests.
There may be some local folks that could help you out.

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Tabber, I was wondering if you could run those trails with out lockers. Some of spots looked pretty hairy. Maybe I'll catch you at Jeep beach.
No lockers here and we had a heck of a great time!!!!!
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No lockers here and we had a heck of a great time!!!!!
Good to know. May have to do a recon over that way. It's only about an hour and a half heading out SR44. Thanks Thor!!
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Good to know. May have to do a recon over that way. It's only about an hour and a half heading out SR44. Thanks Thor!!
It's a pretty good haul over to Inverness from Jacksonville but I'd be willing to make the trip for some fun...Are they public trails?
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Inverness trails aren't the same as Ocala Trails are they?
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it's a pretty good haul over to inverness from jacksonville but i'd be willing to make the trip for some fun...are they public trails?
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Inverness trails aren't the same as Ocala Trails are they?
Ocala's fun, but few hills and challenging terrain. I've been all through the west part from SR40 to Paisley.
What's nice is you can't get lost. You'll pop out someplace on a paved road. I always take my street nav gps unit and it has most of the forest roads on it. so even if you decide to take a smaller trail as long as I wind up on a forest road, I can reorient as to where I am. Also a google map app on a android or iphone works equally as well.
The Inverness trails look like some of the ones I've run up in N. Georgia off some of the forest roads around Blue ridge.
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Tabber, I was wondering if you could run those trails with out lockers. Some of spots looked pretty hairy. Maybe I'll catch you at Jeep beach.
yes you can. probably be easier with lockers. i know it would have been but alas, i don't have lockers either, YET.... but that's on my list!
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yes you can. probably be easier with lockers. i know it would have been but alas, i don't have lockers either, YET.... but that's on my list!
Been liquidating all my offshore fishing gear, gotta sell my last 2 penn international stand up rods and reels and I'll be ready for one locker.
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Ocala's fun, but few hills and challenging terrain. I've been all through the west part from SR40 to Paisley.
What's nice is you can't get lost. You'll pop out someplace on a paved road. I always take my street nav gps unit and it has most of the forest roads on it. so even if you decide to take a smaller trail as long as I wind up on a forest road, I can reorient as to where I am. Also a google map app on a android or iphone works equally as well.
The Inverness trails look like some of the ones I've run up in N. Georgia off some of the forest roads around Blue ridge.


Thanks for the info. Where are the access points for the actual trails? Anyone have an address? Or a website for info? I am going to check them out next weekend.
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Thanks for the info. Where are the access points for the actual trails? Anyone have an address? Or a website for info? I am going to check them out next weekend.
+1 sounds like fun.
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Real easy to find. There are numerous small access trails, but the main entrance is 2 miles west of the entrance for Juniper springs, that's the one I always use. When you see the big silver fire tower it's just a few hundred feet west of it, on the same side (left side if coming from east). There's a brown sign that says centennial trail. Bring your street pilot so you"ll know where you are if you pop out somewhere other than where you started.
Also look on google maps and zoom into the area around bombing range, that's the area you'll be wheeling around, you'll be able to see the basic trail system.
Next time, I'm going to start checking out the trails on the north side of SR 40 and see if the terrain is any different.
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honestly that's all i'd go with. i intend on putting a locker up front and leaving the LSD in the rear axle. a couple guys on the trail were running that set up and it seemed to work great for them.

proof enough for me. but again. where we were, not having lockers didn't make that much of a difference. i had to take a run or two at a couple things... but i still got up or over everything.
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honestly that's all i'd go with. i intend on putting a locker up front and leaving the LSD in the rear axle. a couple guys on the trail were running that set up and it seemed to work great for them.

proof enough for me. but again. where we were, not having lockers didn't make that much of a difference. i had to take a run or two at a couple things... but i still got up or over everything.
I do believe that is the set up i'll be going with. The LSD in the rear axle will also knock about $400 bucks off the top, not going with a selectable locker.
Packing up next year to move to Utah, so I'd like to be a little bit more trail ready for a little more difficult terrain. Thanks for all the info.
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If you Google map search Pinecastle bombing range it comes right up. Thanks for the info plan on getting down there soon

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