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Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East

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8282 S.E. Highway 314
Ocala, Florida 34470

(352) 236-7143

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Mountain bikers take on some of the challenging trails in the Greenway's Santos area, by John Moran

 Welcome to Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East

Stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the St. Johns River, the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway occupies much of the land formerly known as the Cross Florida Barge Canal. This 110-mile corridor encompasses a variety of natural habitats and offers an array of trails and recreation areas where visitors can experience Florida's premier greenway.

This central area of the greenway is home to a trail network that's widely considered the "best of the best" in mountain bike trails. With the support of the Ocala Mountain Bike Association, more than 80 miles of off-road, bike trails have been developed for three levels of difficulty, accommodating skill levels from beginner to expert. The Santos Mountain Bike Trails have been named as an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) bronze-level Ride Center. Already designated as an elite IMBA Epic Ride, the Ride Center designation, one of only six in the country, recognizes the Santos Trails as a large-scale mountain bike facility that is destination-worthy and offers something for every rider. Mountain bike enthusiasts can access this trail network from the Santos Trailhead, between Ocala and Belleview.

In addition to bicycle trails, the Florida Trail Association's hiking trail as well as equestrian and wagon trails are marked and maintained between the Santos and Pruitt Trailhead near Dunnellon.

The Ocala Mountain Bike Association has identified the level of difficulty of the biking trails, using a color-coded system: the highest level of difficulty is red, with a single-diamond for advanced riders and a double-diamond for expert riders; blue is for “intermediate” and yellow is “easy.” All cyclists are  reminded that they ride at their own risk, and are asked to ride responsibly for the safety of themselves and others.

In addition to the mountain bike trails which can be accessed from the Santos trailhead, there are equestrian and hiking trails, as well as multi-use trails. Markers indicate the types of trails. Equestrian trail users should be aware that Florida law requires proof of current negative Coggins test for horses. While all cyclists and equestrians are encouraged to wear helmets, state law requires them for riders ages 16 and under.

Trail users should wear protective clothing and bring adequate water and nutrition.. It’s also a good idea to bring sunscreen, insect repellent and a cell phone.