Great place to ride. Deer, pigs, great place to see wildlife.

road biking
7 months ago

road biking
Monday, January 16, 2017

Great place for biking. Love the scenery.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Very nice paved trail. Water in thermal coolers with paper cones available along the trail. We rode our bikes while our dog trotted beside. It was a great workout for her and a pleasant ride for us.

mountain biking
Tuesday, January 03, 2017

I used to live right up the road from this trail. is called Flatwoods Park... nobody will know what you are talking about if you say you were on the Bruce B. Downs Trail.
This area is great for wildlife, photography, mountain biking, and cross country/trail running.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

This trail is actually called "Flatwoods" not Bruce B Downs. That's the road it's on. No one local will know what you mean unless you say Flatwoods.

Great trail. Ample stops with water. Wide. Well maintained.

trail running
Friday, November 25, 2016

This is a wonderful trail for the area. Very well kept and marked. My favorite part about this trail is that is is located in the city, but completely tucked away from everything. No site of cars or even buildings from the trail. At about every other mile marker of the route there is a little hut with water. Very nice for any distance activity.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Nice trail. We only did about 4 miles.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

A very nice park. Visited here some years ago with a group to ride our TRIKKE's. The trail had plenty of width for riding and sharing with cyclists, joggers and families.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Loved this trail! Beautifully paved. Lots of wildlife. There isn't a ton of shade on the actual paved trail, but there were several entrances for hikes and mountain biking with tree coverage. Wish I lived closer. I'd hit this trail a few times a week for exercise!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This trail is gorgeous, and offers a quiet escape from the city. Lots of wildlife to see, and if you stray from the main loop you can hike along the interior trails for a little more of a challenge. Just make sure to keep track of which direction you were headed on the loop so when you come back out you don't get turned around! We saw a rather large rattlesnake crossing the path at one point - be mindful of your surroundings, of course. We spent a nice day wandering around at a leisurely pace and logged about 11 miles. I wholeheartedly recommend this one for everyone!

Monday, March 07, 2016

Its amazing trail

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Actually there is a trail through the woods that leads to a small creek like tributary. I walked it today. Follow the asphalt loop as it splits to the left ( you are coming from the ranger house at BBD entrance) Look for a bench on the right and trail starts here. Nice walk in the woods.

mountain biking
Friday, October 02, 2015

Easy afternoon. Lots of water stops. Well maintained. $2 to park

road biking
Friday, September 25, 2015

Flatwoods loop trail is a very well maintained, almost flat asphalt trail. It is about ten feet wide throughout. While we were riding on a Thursday afternoon, park staff came around the trail twice. Not sure whether they were maintenance or security, but the industrial size water coolers were filled with ice water when we refilled our bottles. There were only three cars in the parking lot when we started but the lot was full when we finished after 5:00. Seems a popular place.

My wife and I rode the loop twice averaging about 11-12 mph. Many riders out for serious workouts passed us, with more on the second loop. It's great for a workout and to train, but there is little shade early afternoon and very consistent wetland vegetation, so it's not great for that back to nature feeling. We probably won't take the half hour drive to go back, but if I wanted to do some serious training away from traffic, this would be one of my mainstays.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 05, 2015

road biking
Tuesday, April 07, 2015

This is a great trail for starting out. Which I am. I'm sure I will ride this one again.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Takes you to flatwoods

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I love this place ! I'm new to the tampa area and where from is surrounded by woods . When I came here it reminded me of home . It's extremely peaceful.

road biking
Monday, October 21, 2013

Flatwoods Park is my favorite place to ride my bike in all of the Tampa Bay area. It is basically just a large, paved loop.

Bring a couple dollars in cash, as the fee to park is $2.00. The parking lot is just a few feet away from the beginning of the trail. The paved area winds back around from there. You'll share the path with runners, walkers and cyclists, so be mindful of the traffic patterns. Serious cyclists like to keep a good pace going, so they will generally keep to the left. Sometimes they will call to you, "On your left!" to alert you that they are coming up behind you to pass on your left side. Be cool--share the trail and respect everyone's reasons for being there.

There are a few covered pavilions where you can take a break and refill your water bottle. There are areas for mountain bikers to head off the main path and experience some of the rougher terrain they crave. There are pretty wildflowers that dot the landscape. I've seen some wild boar back there, so heads up!

I love this place because it's a quiet, safe place to ride that is away from the traffic that plagues Tampa. I prefer to ride here only in the cooler months because being out on that black pavement during the summer can be brutal.

A+ for Flatwoods!

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