Timberlake Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Eglin Air Force Base set aside a portion of its 728 square miles north of the Emerald Coast for a six-mile loop of singletrack around Timberlake, a small body of water made by Garnier Creek. Large knuckles of land formed live oak hammocks. Lotus blooms floated on Timberlake's surface, and turtles poked their heads above the reflection and watched the ones wearing shells on their heads."
--Steve Jones, Mountain Bike! Florida (Menasha Ridge Press).
Awesome trail. A nice map is at the beginning and by the pond, but the trails aren't marked that well while you are on your ride. Other than the markings it is a good place to bike. I highly recommend this trail for the area
The Timberlake trails are definitely the best mountain bike trails you're going to find anywhere within a few hours drive. Previous postings say that the trails are well marked with the trail names, but I think in the six year lapse in time between my trip and the previous posting that has changed. The trails are very well marked by difficulty, but I only encountered one trail marker with an actual name of a trail. With there being 22 total trails, with most meeting at one point or another, this can get confusing. I wouldn't let this deter anyone from trying these trails out, because they are definitely still fun, especially for the terrain you have to work with in this area of Florida.
Always have a great time riding these trails. They are well marked with both trail names and directional markers that double as difficulty ratings. The trails on the other side of the creek especially Carbo and Speed Demon, are my favorites. They go up and down the "hill" several times and are not as sandy as the original trails. After riding these two you can ride up and do Pine Dogs for a cool down. The trails are on Eglin Air Force Base so be sure to have a RANGE PASS, the cost is $5.00 and they are available at Jackson Guard in Niceville.
It's been dry around this area and the trail is a little sandy right now but alot of fun. the tree roots, sharp cut backs and sudden climbs or drops keep you on your toes and out of the saddle. The lake and camp area is always keep clean and picturest.
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