A complete tour of the SORBA/IMBA Moses Creek MTB Trail.
There is a portable restroom on-site. Be on the lookout for hikers and horseback riders as the trails in Moses Creek are multi-use.
To find the start of the trail, head through the gate and follow the doubletrack road until you see a trail marker on the right. The trail should have a marker indicating that it is open to bicycles. From here on out, the trail should be relatively easy to follow as long as you follow the blue squares.
The trail surface is fairly hard-packed (and less sandy than others in the area), so more experienced riders can reach somewhat high speeds here. When it first dives into the woods, the trail is tight and twisty with lots of palm roots which tends to slow the flow down a little. Throughout the entire ride, there are optional bridges and technical features to spice things up a little. As you near the halfway point of the ride, the trail begins to open up a little (if you look carefully, there's some opportunity for air... fly responsibly).
The halfway point of the ride is marked by an intersection with the doubletrack road that runs through the area and a scenic hiking trail that traverses the bluffs above Moses Creek. If you're running short on time or need to bail out, you can take the road back to the trailhead. However, if you have extra time, I would seriously recommend taking a stroll, as the scenic overlooks along the hiking trail are exceptionally pretty (especially during sunset or sunrise). To continue the ride, take a left at the intersection.
From here, the trail rolls along the bluffs for a moment before turning back into the woods. This half of the ride tends to flow better than the first half, as there are more straightaways and less roots. At roughly three miles in, you'll encounter the only section of the ride with somewhat prevalent elevation change. The elevation comes in the form of a few climbs and descents on a small bank above the creek and offers a nice change of pace from the otherwise flat trail.
The final section of the ride is wide-open and fast. Be on the lookout for the trail markers, as the trail crosses the road several times here before finally ending twenty feet from where it started. Take the doubletrack back to the parking lot (there should be a sign pointing towards the parking area), or saddle up for another lap or two.
For more information regarding Moses Creek Conservation Area and the St. Johns River Water Management District, visit their website
The Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves one of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region, which served as an important resource to Native Americans who occupied the area thousands of years ago.