Balm Boyette: Nemesis, Golf Cart, Gator Pit Canyon
Riding on my Diamondback Release 1 with a brand-x ascend dropper post. Recorded on a GoPro Hero 3 with a FeiyuTech G4 3-axis gimbal on a chest mount.
Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve (25 miles) is not actually a park that features recreational facilities. This county owned preserve has no budgeted money, thus the typical creature comforts are missing. All trails, structures, and many roads are maintained by SWAMP, at our expense. There are about 25 miles of single-track, plus about 12 miles of double-track used to access or connect the single-track. The sweet single track starts about 2 miles in from the parking area. Boyette is situated on 4,900 acres of upland scrub, located just south of Brandon. About a dozen lakes populate rolling grasslands at the far eastern end of the property, with the remainder being heavily covered with scrub-oak and pine. From beginner to advanced rider, Boyette has something for everyone. The Ridgeline Trail (2.2 miles), completed in December 2008, is certainly unique when compared to other Florida trails. By design, the descents are long and straight, with a clean run-out at the bottom. Curves are banked, and most roots and rocks have been removed to keep the surface smooth and fast. There are several drops where you can reach 35 mph without pedaling. East Meadow and West Meadow provide longer downhills and gentle climbs with a couple of optional jumps added in for more fun.
The Abyss (North and South) will certainly thrill the steep drop riders, as will Big Drop. We even have switchbacks.
Located east of Boyette Road, there are 12 miles of beginner's level two-track circling the dozen or so lakes. Several intermediate level single-track loops branch off this main two-track. These loops are cut through the woods and along the lakes, and consists of moderately strenuous, more technically difficult trails. There are some open sections where a rider can gain speed, but for the most part, the trail is tight, twisty and tough. Oh yeah, it's also great fun.