Nestled amidst the urban landscape of Gainesville, Florida, Hogtown Creek Trail (also known as Loblolly Trail) serves as a quick getaway for riders of all levels. Though it's a short trail spanning just 1 mile, it's rich in features and landscapes, making it a rewarding experience for those looking to take a quick ride.
Primarily a sandy trail, conditions can vary depending on recent weather. After rains, the trail gets a little firmer, but usually, riders will find it on the sandy side. One key feature of this trail is the "bowl" area, a recessed section of the trail filled with small drop-offs for a quick adrenaline boost.
To access the trail, take NW 34th St to NW 8th Ave in Gainesville and head east. A park with swings and a swimming pool will be visible across the street. The trail starts on the opposite side, accessed via the closest dirt path to NW 34th St.
Riders share a common sentiment: this trail offers a decent quick ride, especially for those living nearby. Beginners find it a welcoming but still engaging terrain, while seasoned bikers use it for a warm-up spin. The pathway is dotted with wooden bridges and runs along the serene Hogtown Creek, providing a scenic backdrop to the ride.
For riders seeking a bit more of a challenge, there's a single-track trail across the street that's harder and features some fallen trees and bridges. Also, some bikers noted that the trail was more adventurous before it was converted into a "Greenway," but alternative trails are still available around the same stretch of 8th Ave for those who are interested.
While Hogtown Creek Trail may not offer an epic ride, it does present a quick, engaging experience for bikers of all levels. For those in the area or those who just want to get out of the house for an hour or so, this local Gainesville trail is worth the ride.