FTP features firm, flowing singletrack with frequent elevation variations. The trail is mostly shaded by oak, wild citrus, palms, and invasive pepper and passes under Interstate 95 a few times.
There is plenty of parking at the trailhead, however those who wish to avoid driving their vehicle on the dirt access road can park in the hotel parking lot adjacent to the access road and ride in from there.
FTP trail is directional. The trail entrance is to the right of the trailhead sign and the exit trail terminates to the left of the sign.
Just after the start is a ridge ending with a drop called Big Dipper. This feature and the subsequent Lil Dipper dogleg can be bypassed by following the sign prior to the ridge climb. From this point to the first I-95 underpass the trail parallels Ten Mile Creek and has a fast flowing character. This section has many citrus fruits, keep an eye out for them seasonally.
There are drops at both I-95 crossings followed by a more technical section leading to the Bay of Pigs
which is accessed via the X-shaped plank structure on the right. Bay of Pigs
is a technical loop which can be bypassed by continuing left and not crossing the wooden structure.
The trail meanders through some semi-technical turns and passes under I-95 four more times. There are a few more short features/sections that can be bypassed, including Four Bridges
, all these sections are marked with signs. The Black Forest
section is frequently closed due to wetness, closure will be indicated by logs, tape/flagging, and signs.
Near the end of the ride there is a relatively flat flow section of oak and saw palmetto leading in to a couple doglegs. Eventually you'll reach the exit trail as it borders the wire fence.