Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park MTB Trails

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB
After a few days in Orlando visiting with my mother, it was time to head towards the Tampa area with my wife and her parents. They were there for the beaches, I was there for the riding. And lucky for me, there was some good riding to be found. First up on my agenda was an area called the Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey, FL. This was about an hour north of where I was staying. Distance-wise, not that far, but time-wise, it seemed like it took forever because it was just one traffic light after another after another after another. And, each traffic light seemed to last like 48 minutes. But I digress... oh, one more note about the drive though... I think this area of the country has more injury and accident lawyer billboards than in any area I've driven in. Billboard after billboard asking if I had been hurt or an in an accident... Okay, now let's talk about the riding...




Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB
This park, along with many of the trails in the area is marked, mapped, and maintained by a group called the South West Association of Mountain bike Pedalers, or SWAMP. They have an excellent web site which is a great resource for trails in the area. This particular trail network has two sections, a 7-mile and a 5-mile, both of which a pretty similar in that they are flat and non-technical. Despite the fact that the trails are flat and easy, they are still quite fun, with lots of twists and turns and great scenery. I think SWAMP did an excellent job with these trails as they are all well marked, with the possible exception being at trail marker 2 where you have to cross over the paved path. There's a small (easy to miss) arrow that points to the right, but looking directly across the path there's a trail, so I flew straight across and it took me a bit to figure out what I had done wrong.

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB
At the end of the single track sections, I took the fire roads and then the paved path back to the parking area, and along the way I had to traverse a loooooong puddle that was about hub/bottom bracket deep. It was refreshing to cool my feet off, but this being Florida, I had to wonder if there were any alligators or snakes floating around...

Anyway, I enjoyed the trails enough to make the trek back a second day with my wife because I knew she'd have fun too. And she did.

It was $2 for park access and there are bathrooms and other facilities near the parking area, including a bike wash station at the trail head... that's pretty awesome!

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB




Jay B Starkey Wilderness Park Mountain Bike Trails MTB

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