Tricycle's Hidden Gem is a semi-technical cross-country (XC) trail on the outskirts of Dunellon, Florida, often overlooked due to its remote location in the western extremity of the Santos Trail system. For riders seeking solitude, wildlife, and a creatively designed route that utilizes the topography of old canal diggings, this 2-mile point-to-point trail serves as an unexpected delight.
The undulating terrain of old canal diggings offers an assortment of natural features. Off-camber sections and hilly ridgelines make for an up-and-down, roller-coaster-esque ride that adds a unique flair.
One of the advantages of its remote location is the frequent wildlife encounters. The trail offers the serenity of nature, accentuated by the frequent sightings of deer, armadillos, and even wild pigs.
While designed as an intermediate trail, even riders new to mountain biking find it accessible, especially if they have previous experience in other biking disciplines like BMX.
To access Tricycle's Hidden Gem, travel 3.8 miles west of SR 200 on the Tricycle Trail. It sits in quiet seclusion, offering a different kind of thrill far from the bustle of more central Santos trails.In summary, Tricycle's Hidden Gem is more than deserving of its name—a less frequented trail perfect for those seeking both a technical challenge and the tranquility of a remote location. It offers a bit of everything: challenging terrain, abundant wildlife, and the peace that comes with a trail less traveled.