Tucked away in the northeast corner of Lake Mary, very near the Wekiva River, sits a beautifully diverse forest known as Markham Woods. Thanks to the tireless efforts of SORBA Orlando volunteers, there are miles of sweet mountain bike trails winding throughout the various habitats for us to enjoy. And enjoy I have. Twice in less than a week.
I’d been meaning to check out these trails ever since I took a family bike ride on the Seminole Wekiva Trail from the same trailhead several months ago. I noticed the singletrack mountain bike entrance and made a mental note. But like so many mental notes, it soon vanished.
Fast forward until a few weeks ago and my oldest son, who’s mental note hadn’t vanished, took a ride out there to check it out. And loved it. In fact, he rode it day after day, before work and days off for a couple of weeks, each time more enthused about this local track. His enthusiasm rubbed off, so I had to go check it out myself.
I was not disappointed. Clean trails, well planned, lots of flow. With little elevation change, the trail is kept interesting with little technical features, like tight twists and turns through narrow passages. There are also a couple of small log jumps, along with short rises and dips.
Insider Tip: If you want to avoid riding over a nasty stretch of palm trunks and roots laying across the trail, take the easy route around Pine Needle Punch (see the sign below this paragraph). Otherwise, there are very few obstacles. Another nice feature is all the tree cover. Most of these trails are under canopy, making a huge difference on blazing sunny days.
Take a look at the video and maps below, along with the links provided for much more detailed info. Looking for other places to hike, bike, paddle, go tubing, snorkeling, horseback riding and more, all in Florida’s great outdoors? Check out Where-to-Go and my Bucket List. Then get out there and enjoy!
PS: Did I mention that my son invited me back out a few days later? Ya, we had a great time.