There are plenty of areas in The Sunshine State that provide bike riders a challenge off the paved road. At one Florida trail, Carter Road Trails near Tampa, you can take your mountain bike on challenging and thrilling paths. Part of the trail also involves some truly wicked ramps.
The Cater Road Trails sits within the Loyce E. Harpe Park near Lakeland and is a destination for mountain bike enthusiasts and those wanting to test out some cool ramps.
The trail are 13 miles of trails that will take you through the lush woods and past ponds. Most of the trail is flat, making it great for leisure bikers.
There are parts of the trail, however, that are geared more toward experienced riders, and it's these offshoots where the serious rides take place.
One connector trail is known locally as the "rollercoaster," taking you up and down through steep hills that make it seem as if you're on a rollercoaster.
Along the rollercoaster trail, you'll get a view of the landscape that makes up the trail on both sides, passing by the park's numerous ponds and lakes.
Another trail is "the fingers," with surprising ramps along this trail, from ones that will give your serious hangtime to the "right turn wall," which will curve you around the bend on a wall-like ramp.
If you're not into going up and down hills, don't worry as the main branch of the bike trail is easy for regular casual riders.
The main trail will take you past vistas of the park and provide just enough challenge for you to work up a sweat.
The Carter Road Trails are free to enter and will take you on a wild natural ride, whether you're an experienced mountain biker or a casual one!
Carter Road Trails
Address: 501 W. Carter Rod., Lakeland, FL
Why You Need To Go: Numerous biking trails that range from easy to extreme, with wicked ramps in between.
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Florida is looking to ease government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions as cases slowly continue to drop and vaccines are administered across the state.
Governor Ron DeSantis, in a press conference on Monday, issued an executive order that immediately suspends all current local COVID-19 restrictions, while also signing a bill that will prohibit local governments from enforcing COVID-19 emergency orders, including mask mandates and social distancing requirements, starting July 1.
On top of the new order, DeSantis also reinforced his ban on "vaccine passports," saying it is unnecessary to be "policing people at this point."
"If you're saying that, you really are saying you don't believe in the vaccines, you don't believe in the data," he said.
The Tampa Bay Times reports the order only prevents local governments from issuing COVID-19 restrictions, meaning local businesses and restaurants may still enforce restrictions such as mask mandates and/or social distancing precautions.