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Santos/OMBA Epic Ride

 
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45.2 Miles 72.8 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

707' 215 m

Ascent

-706' -215 m

Descent

112' 34 m

High

50' 15 m

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This is the best singletrack in Florida.

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Bikes only, but other than that there are none. Open year round 24 hours a day. Night rides are awesome!!
This trail system is an IMBA Bronze ride center, with an IMBA Epic ride. They are very well maintained, with a great volunteer following. Ocala Mountain Bike Association (OMBA) is the group that builds and maintaing the trail system. This trail system is unique because it is built on abandoned canal diggings, and phosphorus quarries to give it elevation. There is over 80 miles of singletrack in the entire system. With everything from easy beginner trails to technical advanced trails. Most of the trail system is located to the northeast of this route, with an out and back loop to the southwestern end of the trail system. Which is an IMBA Epic route. OMBA is currently working to to expand the trail system further to the west.

Need to Know

There are a few water stops along the way. But be prepared to ride 20+ miles between water supplies. Santos, Landbridge, and Ross Prairie Trailheads are about the only places to get water along the way. There are campgrounds at Santos and Ross Prairie trailheads. From the Ross Prairie trailhead there is a nice little place to have a sandwich and sit out by the river, about 4 miles southwest on Hwy 200. The place is called Stumpknockers. They have outdoor seating along the Withlacoochee river.

Description

The epic route is marked with green stickers on the trail markers. I would recommend following that out and back. The trails are very well marked and the maps are very detailed. For a detailed trail map go to OMBA.org .

History & Background

The land that the trails are built on is the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway. It was formerly the Cross Florida Barge Canal project. It spans from the St Johns river to the Gulf of Mexico the originally planned barge canal would have caused damage to the ecosystem. It was abandoned in 1990, and later in 1998 came to be known as the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway named after the individual that pushed to have it decommissioned.

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Mar 18, 2017
Doug D'Angelo
overall a great experience. 45.2mi
Mar 12, 2017
Francisco Javier Delgado
Santos Fat Tire Fest
Mar 10, 2017
David Cesnak
Feb 25, 2017
Jonathan Kadegis
10.5mi
Feb 25, 2017
Roosevelt Benjamin
Feb 16, 2017
Doc MTB
15mi
Feb 11, 2017
Blake Brown
Great trails. Flat long stretches, that u can really get going fast on. Most intermediate trails are really more of beginner level. 15mi
Feb 1, 2017
Jonathan Kadegis
great day riding! 17mi

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Thanks! May 15, 2013


I did they whole thing we loved this ride Dec 22, 2014


I used to come down every winter and ride these trails. Well marked with a lot of traffic so you dont fell alone. I would come down for the 12 hours of Santos after the 12 hours of hogback was cancelled in reddick. Dec 17, 2015


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