Paisley Woods Bicycle Trail

Area Status: Open

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 unless entering at Alexander Springs or Clearwater Lake where you must pay a day-use fee.
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: Winter-Spring
Busiest Season: Winter
  • 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. Motor-assisted bicycles are NOT allowed on mountain bike trails.
Closest Towns: Paisley and Astor

General Information

General Notes:

Amenities at recreation areas at either end of the trail

  • Drinking water
  • Toilets

Trail-specific Information

  • 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 National Scenic Trail.
  • Blue-blazed connector trails connect the loop with both the Alexander Springs and Clearwater Lake trailheads.
  • Trail has two interconnected loops - the Alexander Loop (11 miles) and the Clearwater Loop (11 miles).
  • No designated rest areas..


Mountain Biking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
22 miles