Hiking Seminole State Forest   Recently updated !

Like a jigsaw puzzle piece, Seminole State Forest’s irregular shape snaps right into place against the nationally-designated Wild and Scenic Wekiva River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park. These properties are joined with Black Bear Wilderness Area, Rock Springs Run State Reserve and Wekiwa Springs State Park to protect the Wekiva watershed. The […]

Blackwater Creek

Van Fleet State Trail

Biking Van Fleet State Trail

Nearly laser straight, the General┬áJames A. Van Fleet State Trail has only 1 curve in its entire 29+ mile length. Seriously…check out the ride map below. It’s almost flat, too — less than 5 feet of elevation change per mile. For comparison, my South Lake Trail ride showed more than 42 feet per mile elevation […]


Biking the Beach

Ever since I got my fat tire bike a year ago I’ve been thinking about doing an epic ride on the beach…like 20 miles or more. After all, fat bikes are built for soft surfaces like sand and Florida’s beaches are world-class. Right? Truth be known, I probably should have titled this┬áBiking the Beach; My […]

Cocoa Beach

Withlacoochee River

Biking the Withlacoochee State Trail

I’d wanted to ride my bike on the Withlacoochee State Trail, especially through the Withlacoochee State Forest, since I first rode the Blue Loop on the Croom Mountain Bike Trails. I also wanted to return and ride Croom’s Yellow Loop, reportedly the most popular of the two off-road single track trails. So I planned a […]


Biking Croom’s Yellow Loop 3

Croom mountain bike trails are some of the best in the state, taking full advantage of the topography and scenic beauty of the Withlacoochee State Forest. This Yellow Loop runs just shy of 12 miles, according to my Garmin, and is said to be the most popular. The elevation generally rolls very nicely, with minimal […]

Croom