Contributed by Justin Fricke of The Weekend Warrior
When people ask what I like to do for fun and I say mountain biking, they usually throw their nose to the sky, laugh, and proceed to tell me what I already know: that Florida doesn’t have mountains for mountain biking. I’ve proven once that there’s mountain biking in Florida and I’m going to let you in on another little mountain biking gem in Florida. It’s called: Soldiers Creek.You can find Soldiers Creek in Longwood, Florida. It’s a suburb just northeast of Orlando and the mountain biking trail there is a little hidden. The trailhead’s not marked well from the road and at first glance, you’d think it’s only a little league baseball park. Look a little closer to the left, at the woods, and you’ll find the trailhead.
If you think mountain biking only entails big mountains, steep drops, and fast downhill sections, you’re going to want to stay away from here because Soldiers Creek doesn’t have any of that. Now if you want to try a different form of mountain biking, I’d really encourage you to check out Soldiers Creek because this is what you can expect:
- Single track trails that require constant pedal pumping to get you through sections.
- Quick drop offs. If you’re not ready for them, you’re going over your handlebars.
- Steep 20 foot drops with a creek to catch you, should you take a spill.
- Side trails with jumps and obstacles for the more experienced and adventurous mountain biker.
- Narrow bridges over said creek that’ll make your stomach drop when you realize there aren’t any guardrails.
You can’t get lost on the trail, since it’s a big loop, but you can head across the street to ride on the extension. That trail’s even trickier with random spots of sugar sand, and there are a lot of paths that branch off and connect to different sections of the trail. The rule of thumb is to take a right at all the forks in the trail, if you want to get out.
So, pump up your tires, grab your helmet and some friends, and have a blast mountain biking at Soldiers Creek!