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Santos/OMBA Epic Ride

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43.9 Miles 70.7 Kilometers


95%

Singletrack

1,173' 358 m

Ascent

-1,167' -356 m

Descent

116' 35 m

High

49' 15 m

Low

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

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This is the best singletrack in Florida.

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Overview

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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Nov 19, 2016
Jonathan Kadegis
It was little cold but it was awesome 10mi
Nov 13, 2016
Robert Miller
Turned around at bridge parking lot 25mi
Nov 5, 2016
Jonathan Kadegis
beautiful day to ride 8.7mi
Oct 29, 2016
Jonathan Kadegis
Dry and sandy 11.5mi
Oct 29, 2016
kellie Lee
Sep 18, 2016
Melissa Alvarez Perez
Mar 27, 2016
Kevin Whited
Mar 14, 2016
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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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