UWF Trail System

 18 votes

18.2 Miles 29.3 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

900' 274 m

Ascent

-906' -276 m

Descent

131' 40 m

High

7' 2 m

Low

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Mountain bike trails at the University of West Florida.

Scott Grubbs

Overview

No motorized vehicles of any kind allowed on these trails. If you see 4 wheelers or motocross on the trails, please contact the UWF Police at 850.474.2415.
There are two loops - the "Main Loop" (green/red/blue) and the "Games Loop" (pink, purple, orange). Both trails together will give you 20+ miles.
Family Friendly: The pink loop on the Games Loop is suitable for kids.
Dogs: Leashed

Need to Know

Trail can be sandy in places after dry spells. There are also some intermittent creeks running through the trails after heavy rains. Expect hikers, runners, and equestrians as they regularly use these trails as well.

Description

To get to the trailhead, go to Pate Road which is off 10-mile Road. Note this is a private road, so be sure not to drive past the parking area, which is unpaved and is located on the righthand side before descending the hill.

These trails have small hills, can be rooty, and have a couple of sandy spots. For the most part, the trail is easy to intermediate but there are a couple of spots which could be considered difficult in the Blue Loop.

To get more information, be sure to visit the Pensacola Off-Road Cyclist website at porc.org.

History & Background

Some of the elevation of the trails was created by an old log flume in the 1800s. Many of the trails are old dirt roads from the 40's and 50's, especially on the Games side. Many are also old motocross/ATV trails from the 80's and 90's. Once the property was given to UWF in 2000, motorized vehicles were no longer allowed.

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Some areas very technical. However we had fun. Rode two different tracks for 7 total miles. Some markings were tough due to post being knocked down.
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All Clear 10 days ago
Dry - obviously a well cared for trail system. Kudos to the local club. I was nearby on vacation and enjoyed the ride. Thanks!
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The best trails within several hours' drive of Pensacola as compared to the trails at the Univeristy of South Alabama, Eglin AFB, and Blackwater. In my opinion the trail difficulty straddles the line between beginner and intermediate technicality with a few sections of intermediate mainly due to rooted, low angle climbs and descents. I have to disagree with other reviewers that have found anything remotely advanced about this trail networks technicality. The trail surface is primarily hard packed dirt interspersed with roots with occasional areas of mostly packed sand. The sand tends to be nicely packed following a rain and gets looser, sometimes annoyingly so, during droughts. The trails south of Pate Road tend to flow better, have a little more elevation change, are more ridden in, and have wider curves. The trails to the north of Pate Road have a cool free ride area constructed around the remanants of an old dirt/sand pit. Overall this is a great place for a new rider to learn to mountain bike. Relative to the wider world of mountain biking the trail surface is smooth and the elevation changes small so as to provide a non-frustrating place to learn to ride without continuous hike-a-bike sections and crash-and-burns. As a sport-level rider I found it a great place to learn the finer points of preserving momentum due to the frequent switchbacks and undulating elevation. On the downside, FL isn't known for its mountains so you will have to use your gearing to get in anything remotely approaching a hill workout. Additionally their aren't any rocks here so expect that to be a chink in your armor if this is your primary trail and you ever find yourself riding in east coast rocks. The club, porc.org, does a better job than most of trimming, removing branches, managing erosion, and updating the trails to keep them interesting. They also put on a couple of events, namely the Fat Tire Challenge and the Toys for Tots Epic. Jul 26, 2015
Totally agree with your assessment. Great place for beginners to learn the fundamentals of mountain biking and intermediate to advanced riders to work on their skills. Also, to give these trails some credit, I dialed in my cornering technique on these trails. I'm convinced that if you can keep your front tire from washing out on the corners at UWF, you will be able to rip any corner anywhere else at mach Jesus. Oct 25, 2015
There is a little bit of everything here. I found the orange trail fun and a good workout if you try to keep up your speed. The yellow trail was more challenging with some wood features and steep drop ins. Apr 29, 2017

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