Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail

Area Status: Open
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Clearwater Lake trailhead

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

Fees No fee, except if you park within one of the Recreation Areas at either end of the trail.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Winter-Spring
Busiest Season: Winter
Restrictions: Bicycles must stay on their own trails.
Closest Towns: Paisley and Astor
Water: At recreation areas on either end
Restroom: Inside recreation areas on either end
Information Center: 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.

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