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Jonathan Dickinson State Park - MTB Trails

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (45) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This ride is a tour of all of the great trails in Jonathan Dickinson Park.


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9.0

Miles

14.5

KM

100%

Singletrack

26' 8 m

High

5' 1 m

Low

198' 60 m

Up

196' 60 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Drops/Jumps · Pump Track

Family Friendly With many beginner level trails, this is a great place to take kids to learn the basics of riding. By state law, electric bikes may be operated in the exact same locations as regular bicycles.

Helmets are required...
Read the signs.
Be safe and be smart don't over ride your skill level.

Overview

Front Section 5.4 miles
Back Section 3.2 Miles

The trails in this park are designated into one of three levels of difficulty ranging from easy to extremely difficult. Trail is mostly singletrack but there are also features like roots, jumps, wooden ladders, raised boardwalks and switchbacks. You can take it easy or make a day of it.

Need to Know

State Park Entry Fee $6.00
Bathroom and picnic tables are present, and you can even barbeque using the grill at the TrailHead.

Description

The trails at Jonathan Dickinson Park are a great way to get acquainted with mountain biking. The loop here highlights the extent of the trail system but keep in mind that this is a great place to "choose your own adventure."

Starting from the northern trailhead, it's advisable to get warmed up on the beginner and intermediate level trails before heading to the more difficult obstacles. It's also probably a good idea to take a look at the obstacles that you're planning on riding before hitting them blindly.

While not overly long, this trail system is a fun way to get outside and enjoy some great riding in Tequesta.

While you're out, keep an eye out for the following: cactus plants and sand spurs aren't friendly to exposed legs and arms, and will give you flat tires. Be very careful of the gators near the water. Yes, these are live gators, you are in the woods and they do not want to be your friend.

History & Background

Bring the kids, bring your friends, bring your significant other- to Camp Murphy that is. The mountain bike trails at Jonathan Dickinson State Park are respectfully named Camp Murphy. In 1942, they were the home of the Southern Signal Corps School during World War II and served as an Army base for instruction in radar operation early in the war. Now, there are 10 miles of off-road trails used for recreational mountain biking. Club Scrub, a local off-road biking club, maintains the trails. President of Club Scrub, Dorsey Tenant, is committed to the task, "We take care of all the trails, but we don't receive any money from the state or the park so we are always looking for volunteers or donations." The fee to join Club Scrub is only $40 a year for a family. The fee includes 12 free entrances to the park. Aside from maintaining all the trails, the club hosts many fun events throughout the year. "Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day" at Camp Murphy the club is dedicated to introducing kids.

Contacts

Local Club: Club Scrub

Land Manager: Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Shared By:

Ben Demby with improvements by Dorsey Tennant and 3 others

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  4.4 from 45 votes

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Photos

Berms on Tortoise.
Dec 18, 2015 near Tequesta, FL
Some fun jumps on Fire Ring Trail
Oct 5, 2015 near Tequesta, FL
Little roll then a nice bank turn overlooking the lake.
Oct 5, 2015 near Tequesta, FL
entrance to snake pit
Mar 5, 2018 near Tequesta, FL
Nice fast down hill ladder on Middle Ridge Trail.
Oct 5, 2015 near Tequesta, FL
Middle section of the raised Board Walk at the end of Half Pipe Trail.
Oct 5, 2015 near Tequesta, FL

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Jan 10, 2021
Solar Floridian
Took it super slow as I was with a beginner but as an experienced rider, I found the terrain to be good for riders of any skill level. Moderate climbs 7mi — 1h 40m
Nov 27, 2020
Lori Pearson
1h 00m
Aug 24, 2020
Coral Conty
Oct 5, 2019
Carlos Borges
Love it! Very flowy
Sep 29, 2019
Remmy Piper
6.9mi — 2h 30m
Aug 2, 2019
Ben Hammaker
Night ride. Pretty wet from the storms but should get better by morning if the storms hold off. 16mi
Jul 22, 2019
Megan Remick
Did Tortoise & Hare trail twice plus green trail A1-a 7mi — 1h 00m
May 18, 2019
Chad Stefanko
9.3mi