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Nayls Loop

Intermediate

Trail

8.9 mile 14.3 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 310' 94 m
Descent: -309' -94 m
High: 112' 34 m
Low: 59' 18 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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A fast flowing trail with a few technical sections.

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No camping at 49th street trailhead.

Overview

The Nayls Trail loop, part of the Cross Florida Greenway trail system (or the Santos trail system as most locals call it), is mostly a flowing combination of S-curves, quick climbs & descents, and a small bit of tight technical trail.

Thanks to OMBA (Ocala Mountain Bike Association) a sandy ascent/decent that had been suffering from erosion has been replaced with a new ramp.

Need to Know

Access to the Nayls trail is easiest from the 49th Street Trailhead. There is no camping or potable water at the trailhead, but there is a pavilion with picnic tables and port-a-potties.

The trail system is shared with Hikers and Horse Back riders, but they keep off the mountain bike trails for the most part.

All the trails see traffic in both directions so be prepared to see other riders coming at you and make your presence known if you see oncoming riders first.

Description

From the parking lot, there are 3 paths that will get you to the limerock road (a limerock path, and two short warm up trails). Take a left on the limerock and go under the overpass (very gravely/sandy conditions on both sides), then make a right at the information board on the other side.

The trail sees traffic in both directions, and has a slightly different character depending on which path you decide to start with.

Traveling the southern trail first (the direction this ride was done) starts with an easier trail for about a mile that sees very few obstacles and very low incline climbs. You'll be riding mostly on well packed sand or dirt until you come across the limerock road again.

Cross the limerock road and continue onto the fast flowing S-curves and the start of multiple quick descents followed immediately by steep climbs. The trail is mostly well packed but you'll have to fight for grip with fallen leaves. Go on for another mile until you reach the wooden ramp.

After another mile of little descents and climbs you'll finish an extended climb to a nice opening off to the right. Shortly after reaching the opening you'll come back down to meet up with the limerock road again. Cross it for the last fast section that comes back around to the limerock road again where you'll enter an open sandy section that will take you to 484. This section is considered Nayls South.

Before you reach 484, there's trail marker that will put you onto Nayls North.
From here you follow the sandy trail to the limerock road and enter the woods again. Nayls North is just like Nayls South, only harder. The climbs and descents are steeper, the sustained climbs are longer and the sandy bits always seem to be in the wrong place.

You'll doubleback across the limerock road 2 more times (with an additional outlet in the early going) before reaching the final section of the trail. The terrain changes from well packed leaf covered dirt to clean packed sand, but with a lot of palmetto roots almost set up like whoops. Fight to keep momentum up through here and you start the tight bit of the trail with trees flanking you through tight corners and short ascents. You'll hear and see cars on 49th street as you make your way back to the trail entrance.

Contacts

Local Club: Ocala MTB Assoc

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Jul 17, 2019
Glenn Bukata
8.9mi — 2h 54m
Apr 7, 2019
Mike Tacl
Aug 19, 2018
Connor Parish
Fun, fast, flow trail with some elevation change, and lots of drops. Should be ridden only after rain, as there is a lot of sugar sand on the trail. 8.9mi
May 18, 2018
tyson dabney
May 15, 2018
Jonathan Kadegis
Jan 31, 2018
Jay Holsten
Jan 30, 2018
Jay Holsten
Oct 8, 2017
Miguel Prieto

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Checking out Florida's mountain biking.
Aug 21, 2018 near Belleview, FL
Nice wooden bridge over what was once a nasty sandy climb.
May 30, 2013 near Belleview, FL
Some tight trees to get you started.
Jan 30, 2018 near Belleview, FL
To the left is Nayls South, to the right Nayls North
Apr 15, 2013 near Belleview, FL
Some interesting technical features.
Jan 30, 2018 near Belleview, FL

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