It can be difficult to find quality mountain biking locations that are not constantly busy. If you live east of Orlando and are looking for an area with over 60 miles of trails than Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is a great place to check out.
What Makes It Great
The Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area is a rural area of 30,000 acres located off of Colonial drive. The area includes 22 miles of multi-use trails that are shared by mountain bikers, horseback riders and hikers. Riders looking for more narrow trails can ride on parts of the Florida Trail located in the south and north sections of the area. The central section of the Florida Trail is limited to foot traffic only. The trails available to riders will alternate between narrow paths to open hard packed sand trails.
Luckily most of the trails are shaded, so they will provide you with some relief from the sun. Even though that is the case, be sure to check the weather before heading out. During heavy rains the trails will develop large puddles which can produce swarms of mosquitoes. Also, make sure to bring enough water for your ride as there is not a water source at the trailhead.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone interested in mountain biking in an open area with tons of trails will enjoy Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area. With the amount of open land available it is easy to have the trails to yourself as you get further away from the access roads.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The main entrance to Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area can be found along Taylor Creek road just off of Colonial drive in Christmas Florida. The area is open from 8am till dusk 365 days a year. Once you go through the entrance be sure to stop and pay the entrance fee. There are restrooms located near the main entrance and parking areas can be found throughout.
If you’re biking on the the Florida Trail your best parking location can be found along Tosohatchee Creek. Go straight on Beehead road and turn left onto St. Nicholas road. You’ll find the parking area at the end of St. Nicholas road. Once you are parked, the Florida Trail can be access via a short side trail. If you would rather start on the main, multi-use trail you can park near the main entrance and get onto the white trail.
Keep in mind that this area is a Wildlife Management Area. Due to that, hunting is permitted during certain times of the year. Make sure to check the hunting schedule on the Tosohatchee Wildlife Management Area website before arriving. If you do visit during hunting season, remember to wear orange so you are easily seen.