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Bear Lake Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (8)

The entire family can enjoy this nice flowing trail that winds around the lake.


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5.9

Miles

9.6

KM

Singletrack

202' 62 m

High

92' 28 m

Low

155' 47 m

Up

157' 48 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly A great place to camp and enjoy many local trails such as Red Rock Trail and the extensive trail system at the University of West Florida.

A small entry fee for the forest service.

See website for details: myfwc.com/fishing/freshwate…

Description

After stopping by the campground and making a small donation, backtrack to pick up the posted mountain bike trail entrance. There is a small parking area if you don't have a campsite that is near the trailhead.

Starting out counter-clockwise, the trail is a nice flowing singletrack maintained by the forest service through a classic northwest Florida long leaf pine forest. After a mile or so, there will be a couple of dirt road crossings before reaching the top of the hill on the back side of the lake.

The trail then follows an old grassy lane which turns into slight downhill singletrack section. Eventually, it will lead to a gravel doubletrack river-crossing. Depending on the amount of rain, the crossing may have some flowing water to navigate. Once across the river, the doubletrack will climb sharply. At the top, look to the left for the singletrack back to the parking.

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Shawn Stangeland

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 8 votes

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This details the type of terrain throughout Bear Lake Loop. Plenty of shade is offered. Some incline and downhill, but mostly flat. Bathrooms are available at the campground.
Aug 4, 2019 near Crestview, FL
There are benches along the trail. The trail offers quite a bit of shade throughout and is very well maintained. Also, towards the end there is a small bridge that goes over a creek. Overall, nice trail. Very easy terrain.
Aug 4, 2019 near Crestview, FL
This section of the Bear Lake Loop can be flooded, but easily crossed.
May 17, 2016 near Crestview, FL

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Jul 16, 2020
Rob Ramsey
Several trees are down from the recent storm. 11.5mi — 1h 20m
Jan 27, 2018
Malina Swayne
Not too bad for beginners. Easy, only a few jumps. Nice creek. 6.4mi — 1h 00m
Nov 10, 2017
Kaleb Kleiss Hoeft
Some side trails and forest roads to explore as well and some lead to the lake. Great ride; had to go through a creek at one point which cooled me off 8mi — 3h 00m
Jul 1, 2017
Brian Castillo
Apr 15, 2017
Ken Robinson
12.6mi
Feb 11, 2017
Andy Goodson