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Santos and Vortex Area Bike Trails Loop

MODERATE 142 reviews

Santos and Vortex Area Bike Trails Loop is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ocala, Florida that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.6 miles
98 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers



These mountain bike areas are within the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway area. This is a popular mountain biking area with trails ranging from easy to very difficult. There are many more trails in this area than the red line route on the map portrays. Although often used by bikers, these trails are open to hiking and walking as well. This route starts at the Santos Trailhead on SE 80th Street. It then continues into the Vortex section on the west side of SE 25th Ave. There is a paved walking/biking trail - the Cross Florida Greenway - adjacent to these mountain bike areas. The paved section continues several miles west.

trail running
2 days ago

Good trail! Pretty narrow in a few spots, but flat, soft, and not very technical. It was a nice laid back run!

mountain biking
8 days ago

Great ride with the hubby! broke our 24 mile time wind and all!!!

13 days ago

fat tire fest

25 days ago

My daughter tends to over-heat very easily so we have to make sure any hikes we take are well shaded, and this was. When shes a little older we will get some bikes and try out those trails as they looked awesome. lots of variety and little challenge courses, etc. The only real downside was the tons and tons of poison ivy along the edges of the walking trail, so if you're very allergic (like my husband, if he just looks at posion ivy he breaks out) stick to the paved sections of trail. Otherwise it was very nice and we will utilize it again in the future.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Awesome place for all skill levels. Well maintained. Will definitely be back.

2 months ago

Awesome trails! Something for every level...and I do mean every level beginner-Pro!

3 months ago

I’ve never been here early. It was chilly high 30s but beautiful. I always wish I had more time

4 months ago

Short hike. Beautiful weather.Seen more people on the trail. Which is good.

5 months ago

This is a very well maintained and well trafficked trail. Nicely paved, well marked trails. It is a great trail for 1/2 marathon training, slight inclines and declines with level road in between. I will definitely be coming back!

5 months ago

biked this trail to the 6 mi mark and it is BEAUTIFUL. Can't wait to go back. Rented bikes at the shop across the street from the start of the trail. Great place to rent and they were really helpful. We are two over 65 y/o and did well considering neither of us had been on a bicycle in 40 years. Can't wait to go back.

10 months ago

Beautiful day. There were other people hiking, which is always nice. I took to Florida trail for the most part; it’s super Well marked. I did walk on the bunny trail which is part of a bike trail does pretty good too. There are bugs. But no mosquitoes. And spiderwebs

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

wonderful paved multi use trail!

mountain biking
Monday, December 11, 2017

Great ride. Very clean.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Beautiful weather. Ended up at dusk. I hiked the bike trails. They are steep areas in some parts I wish I brought my trekking poles

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Went mountain biking and it was a lot of fun. The yellow routes were a little too easy and the blues were definitely doable and the most fun. Good for family time or just hanging with some friends.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Post Irma 10 days First off, the mosquitoes are really bad. So make sure you bring some deet. If you're hiking you'll probably need to stick to the bike trails, they are pretty much clear. The Florida trail is not. Interesting post Irma Walk. Huge. I mean huge trees are down. Pretty amazing walk.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Sunday, June 18, 2017

I just wanted to keep going and going. Gorgeous!

mountain biking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Love Santos! The best mountain biking trail around!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Great day riding with my son! Clearly defined and well maintained trails for beginner level riders. Can't wait to go back and try more advanced trails!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Pity the walking trail was not a loop like the biking trail.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Thursday, January 19, 2017

nice hike not difficult at all. I wish it was a longer trail :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

love this hiking trail but wish the walking was loop....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Had a lot of fun taking the bike or here today. Trails were well maintained and had different skill levels available. Being a beginner to mountain biking, i stayed mainly on Pine Tree, which have me plenty of exercise!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Great but damn was it hottttt!!! No air movement through the trails

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Nice trail. This extends out much further if you are up for a multi day hike.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

fun trail

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Love this trail but have to say the hiking trail is not a loop just the bike trail but with that said its still one of my favorites it's very well kept I walk it at least once a week

Monday, November 23, 2015

awesome trails. Had a blast.

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