Mountain biking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of activities Central Florida has to offer, but the Santos Bike Trails in Marion County provide a great area for bicycling enthusiasts.
Located on a large section of the Cross Florida Greenway, Santos Bike Trails offer the best mountain biking in the state. With over 30 miles of winding trails, through pine forests and oak hammocks, visitors can spend hours traversing the Central Florida terrain. With three levels of difficulty from beginner to expert, the trails can challenge even the most avid bicyclist. One of the more difficult trails available, which attracts many expert riders, navigates through an old mining quarry.
While the landscape is fairly level, especially for mountain biking, the sandy soil makes even the most modest hill a challenge to climb. The trails can be easily accessed through the Santos Trailhead, which is just off of Highway 441 in Belleview, Florida. At the trailhead is Santos Bike Shop, where guests can purchase gear and refreshments and learn about up coming biking events.
While biking is obviously the main attraction of the Santos Trails, there are also hiking and equestrian trails, as well as a campground with water and electrical hook-ups. Exploring the wild side of Central Florida is one of the best ways to enjoy the area, and a day of exhilarating biking on the Santos Trails is a great way to do so.
If you are visiting the trail and need to rent a bike, repair a bike, purchase cycling accessories, or get info on local trails and maps, please contact theSantos Trailhead Bike Shop located right off the Santos Trail on highway 441.