A day in the woods for mountain bikers, the Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail is a 22-mile loop through the southeastern corner of the Ocala National Forest. With trailheads at Alexander Springs and Clearwater Lake, it's a roller-coaster ride through rolling sandhills topped with stately longleaf pines. The bicycle trail is the Ocala National Forest's only major destination for mountain bikers.
At a Glance
No fee, except if you enter the trail from within one of the Recreation Areas at either end.
Bicycles must stay on their own trails. The Forest Service recognizes any type of motor-assisted or pedal-assisted bicycles (electric, gas or diesel) as motorized vehicles. Use of motor-assisted bicycles is only allowed on motorized trails. The use of motor-assisted bicycles is NOT allowed on mountain bike trails.
Paisley and Astor
At recreation areas on either end
Inside recreation areas on either end
The trail is typical for Florida scrub and sandhill environments, with stretches of deep soft sand in places, which may make going difficult.
Marked with yellow diamonds, it intermittently intersects the hiking-only orange-blazed Florida Trail. Blue-blazed connector trails connect the loop with both the Alexander Springs and Clearwater Lake trailheads.
There are two interconnected loops - the Alexander Loop (11 miles) and the Clearwater Loop (11 miles). No designated rest areas exist.