Very little or no sand that is prevalent in S Florida. Mostly flat with some challenging technical sections consisting of short steep drops and climbs.
The parking area requires a minimal cash fee ($1 per hour or $5 daily) or a valid annual pass from Lee County.
Need to Know
- On a monthly basis, the direction of travel on the trail switches from clockwise to counter-clockwise. Pay attention to the directional signs at the trailhead.
- The trails may be frequently closed for weather or for events. Check the Lee County website here to make sure the trails are open before heading out. You can also call the CRP office for an update: 239-694-0398.
The trail consist of two main beginner stacked loops with several optional intermediate loops. Depending upon the assigned direction, the trail will start the first loop through a flat section of meadow to a wooded low section that includes three optional challenging climbs, followed by a short optional loop at the top of the last climb out.
If the direction is clockwise, the start is along a ridge that follows next to a creek. Midway through the first loop is a picnic table and the intersection of the back loop. This loop has a shade canopy of pepper trees, a short rocky section, and three high water bridges.
Optional loops off the back loop, include a skill area consisting of bridges, jumps, and a skinny to challenge the rider. The Far East
loop is about two miles that works along a 15 foot ridge and offers short drops and climbs through a pepper tree canopy.
History & Background
When the course of the Caloosahatche River was altered in the 1950s, workers had to put all that muddy land somewhere, so they piled it on the northern bank of the river in East Lee County. Little did they know, they were setting the groundwork for a future recreational treasure.
In the 1960s, the State of Florida bought the land and turned it into the Caloosahatchee Regional Park, which is now managed by Lee County. In the Northern part of this park is 400 acres of hard-packed clay, with 15-foot ridges in spots, covered with exotic grasses and trees. It didn't take long for six recreational mountain bikers to recognize the obvious: with some work, this overlooked patch of land could be transformed into incredible mountain-biking terrain.