“A loop ride exploring all of Pepper Ranch, full of small ridges and wildlife.
— Rob Bagans
Pepper Ranch is a seasonal trail. It is open to the public from October through June on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9AM to 4PM.
Must check in at the campground office to ride. No parking fee.
For current information on open dates please check the Collier County website
This featured ride heads along newer trails in a very natural environment. The trail flows through oak hammocks and around cypress on old farming drainage berms. The ground can be very soft on this ride.
Need to Know
Nice bathrooms, showers, and ice machine that are available to bikers at the campground. The bike parking area has two picnic tables. Bikers can park at the campground or inside the gate at the trailhead.
To access this ride, park at the Pepper Ranch Preserve campground. Head north onto Pepper Road which bends back and forth, heading to the west to the gate and trail system.
The Yellow Loop, which is comprised of Panther Pass
and Black Bear Berm
, is flagged and rideable in its entirety for around five miles. There are currently two phases of future trail work being done on Go 4 Tortoise (Red Loop on the trailhead map) that heads to the south in addition to Kite Flight
, which heads to the north (Blue Loop on the trailhead map).
follows a berm and is more technical with short ups and downs. There is a section that is open to ride that heads back to the dirt road, while the remaining portion of the loop is under construction.
The Go 4 Tortoise future loop trail will complete the 15 miles in the master plan.
See the trail map of current trails here: colliergov.net/home/showdoc…
History & Background
This charming property was once the site of a farm, hunting grounds, cattle ranch, fishing camp and home for a local family for close to a century. The property was ultimately sold to Collier County in 2009 and has been maintained as a site that pays homage to the local history of this area.
The property also borders Lake Trafford, which is the largest, natural lake in Collier County and the location of many Native American settlements. Many artifacts have been discovered in this area that have been dated back to 550 A.D.