Santos is located in Ocala, FL about an hour and a half North of Tampa. We have done too many trips here to remember an accurate number of times. Hands down our favorite Florida spot for mountain biking!
You will find trails for every level of rider. There are many beginner friendly (yellow) trails, followed by intermediate (blue) trails and then the advanced/technical (red) trails.
If you find yourself asking, “Seriously, how great can a mountain biking be in Florida?!?!”, well…
“The Santos Mountain Bike Trails have been named as an International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) bronze-level Ride Center. Already designated as an elite IMBA Epic Ride, the Ride Center designation, one of only six in the country, recognizes the Santos Trails as a large-scale mountain bike facility that is destination-worthy and offers something for every rider.” – Source
The really cool thing about Santos is the Vortex riding area. The Vortex area has a free style area with some whoops for fun jumping, boardwalks for riding on and a serious technical area.
Santos also has something for the hikers! Land Bridge trail is 4.7 miles.
For camping at Santos, the Santos Campgrounds are right next door to the trail head. You can ride your bike from your tent/RV over to the trail head. Which is very convenient if you want to do some night riding, just make sure to wear your headlamp!!!
The campgrounds have 22 camp sites available and are great for tent camping or RVing. The RV sites range from 35 ft up to 62 ft with full electric and water hookup. Also on-site is a dump station (which is $10 if you are NOT staying there but need to empty your tanks).
The campgrounds also have bathrooms/showers, fire rings at each campsite, grills, picnic tables, picnic table pavilion, firewood, campground hosts and a very big open field off to the side of the campsites!
For more information on Santos Trails, Santos Campgrounds, bike rental and trail map, check out the links below!!
Santos Campground: Reserve America – Santos Campgrounds
Santos Biking Trail: Santos Trail Head
Mountain Bike Rental: Greenway Bicycles (located right across from Santos Campgrounds, super convenient!)
Trail map of Santos: http://omba.org/maps.html