Nestled in Lakeland, Florida, Carter Park Trail stands as a testament to variety and technical challenges in mountain biking. With its 11-mile network route, Carter Park offers not just a ride but an experience for those willing to tackle its unique terrains, such as winding paths through old phosphate mine lands and narrow single tracks in "spoil piles."
Access Carter Park Trail by taking I-4 to Lakeland and then Exit 18. Head South on Highway 37 for approximately 12 to 15 miles, till you pass the Shepherd Road intersection. A mile later, make a left turn onto Carter Road (East). The entrance to the park is about 3/4 mile on the right (south).
Carter Park Trail delivers an exhilarating, feature-packed ride suitable for riders from beginner to advanced levels. Its complex terrains, winding paths, and well-crafted features make it a challenging yet rewarding ride. It may not be as well-maintained as Alafia or Balm Boyette, but its technical single tracks and engaging terrains place it as a must-ride trail for anyone willing to accept the challenge.The Ridge Riders have been diligent in maintaining the trail’s flow, even when rains tend to disrupt the tracks. So, grab a map and dive into this technical paradise; Carter Park Trail will not disappoint.