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Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East

 Activities at Cross Florida Greenway - Santos Bike Trails East

Bicycling

Bicycling

The Santos off-road trail network includes more than 84 miles of single track, two pump tracks, three dirt jump lines and a freeride park for expert riders featuring drops of up to 20 feet, as well as a skill development park that is ideal for beginners. Helmets are required for cyclists ages 16 and under; strongly recommended for all cyclists. The Ocala Mountain Bike Association maintains a safety patrol to monitor the trails during peak use times.

Camping, Equestrian

Camping, Equestrian

The Santos trailhead campground area offers equestrian parking and a fenced equestrian staging area. Equestrian trail users should carry proof of negative Coggins test (Chapter 5C-18.010, F.A.C.) and be familiar with campground regulations.

Camping, Full Facility

Camping, Full Facility

The campground has 24 sites with fire rings, picnic tables, water and electric (20, 30 & 50 amps) hook-ups. There is a bathhouse/restroom, picnic pavilions and a dump station. A camp host resides in the campground year-round. Reservations for full-facility campgrounds may be made up to 11 months in advance by calling ReserveAmerica at (800) 326-3521 or TDD (888) 433-0287 or online at ReserveAmerica.

Camping, Group

Camping, Group

Group camping only. Make arrangements with Cross Florida Greenway’s Sharpe’s Ferry Office, (352) 236-7143.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking/Nature Trail

Hiking trails that include a portion of the Florida Trail are accessible from the Santos Trailhead, near Belleview, which is designated by the Florida Trail Association (FTA) as a Gateway Community for the Florida Trail and is a great place to take a break and stock up on provisions! Hiking trails run both east and west from this trailhead and are marked with the hiking trail icon and orange tree blaze.

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Horse/Equestrian Trail

Trails marked for equestrian, wagon or carriage, and some multi-use use run west to the Pruitt Trailhead. A local group, the Greenway Equestrians helps maintain the trails and offers online information to assist trail users in exploring the Greenway’s horse trails. Note that Florida law requires proof of current negative Coggins test for horses. While helmets are recommended for all riders, state law requires that riders of age 16 and under wear helmets.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

The Santos off-road trail network includes more than 84 miles of single track, two pump tracks, three dirt jump lines and a freeride park for expert riders featuring drops of up to 20 feet, as well as a skill development park that is ideal for beginners. Helmets are required for cyclists ages 16 and under; strongly recommended for all cyclists. The Ocala Mountain Bike Association maintains a safety patrol to monitor the trails during peak use times.

Parking

Parking

There are 80 paved parking spots at this trailhead, with equestrian trailer parking available near the campground.

Pets

Pets

Well-behaved dogs and cats are allowed on the Greenway with a maximum 6-foot, hand-held leash and owners must clean up after the animals as needed. For details, see Florida State Parks' pet policy.

Picnic Pavilion

Picnic Pavilion

There are multiple picnic pavilions located at the Santos trailhead and available on a first come/first served basis.

Restroom Facilities

Restroom Facilities

Full facility restrooms and potable water are located at the Santos trailhead.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

The Greenway’s diverse natural habitats offer the opportunity to view a variety of native Florida wildlife species, such as gopher tortoises, white-tail deer, squirrels and other small mammals, as well as many species of birds.