Trail Snapshot

Trail:

Fast flat sections puncuated by short technical climbs and technical descents with some double track for the beginner. Trail surfaces range from smooth hardpack to gravel doubletrack.

Difficulty:

Exciting technical sections for the advanced, fast and pretty twisty sections for the intermediate and double track roads for newbies.

Outdoor Travels Rating:

3.5 out of 5 bikes. Fun riding with plenty to do afterwards.

Nuts & Bolts

Location:

16001 West State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326

Directions:

Directions: "Take I-595 get off on the 136th Avenue exit, this puts you on Westbound State Road 84. Continue W on SR-84 past 136th Avenue to the next light, Weston Road, and make a right into Markham Park.

Facilities:

Snacks, water, restrooms and much more. Adjacent to the park is a shopping center with a grocery store and a couple of restaurants. A few miles to the east on SR 84 you'll find a bike shop and Lefty's Pub (a nice post ride meal with a cold pint).

Activities:

Outdoor activities abound at this park, including fishing, boating, jet ski, swimming with mist pool, snack bar, showers and lockers, skeet shooting, target range, hunting trail, model airplane field, stargazing at the Fox Observatory, 1.5 mile nature trail adjacent to the Everglades, tennis, camping, volleyball, biking, hiking, horseback riding, and picnicking.

Camping:

The campground offers options for RV or tent camping. To make a reservation call the camping office Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-6pm. Camping rates vary from $17 per night for tent camping only to $19 per night for full hook up (water, electric, and sewer for RV's).

Rentals:

Canoe and paddle boat rental, bike rental (paved trails only), Picnic shelters.

Hours:

Daily: Winter 8am-6pm; Summer 8am-7:30pm

Admission:

There is a small admission.

Contact:

Markham Park
16001 West State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33326
Phone: 954.389.2000 Fax: 954.389.2019
Website

Maps Links and Photos

Maps and Links:

Trail Map
Useful Links

Trail Photos

Lots of great photos to give you a good idea of what riding here is like!

Markham Park Mountain Biking:

Nemo prepares for a drop
Riding
Over the logs
Up and over
Riding
More riding
Nice little drop
Air time
Nice section
View of the parking lot nearest the trailhead
The trails start at the kiosk and gate
Through the trees
A little climb
Small drop coming up
Small drop
Technical section
Forest
Same area
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Mountain Biking

Markham Park


Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Surprisingly enjoyable, ingenious and challenging mini roller coaster in deep-south Florida’s Broward County.
Dana Farnsworth, Outdoor Travels

You didn’t have to score an “A” in 8th Grade Geography to know that Florida is incredibly vertically challenged. With the highest point rising above the ocean to a not-so-majestic peak of 350 feet above sea level, this state resembles a piece of Swiss cheese floating in the water. A cross section of Florida would reveal small rolling hills in the north that quickly flatten into the Everglades in the south. So, why, you ask, or better yet, how, is there any off-road biking worth mentioning or riding in the Miami area?

The answer - many years ago before Pannera Bread, Walmart and Starbucks, Florida was a submerged sandbar with a damn big healthy reef system around what is now Miami. Now that the state is barely above sea level and not submerged in the land of Atlantis, these old reef systems have been exposed, covered in dirt, overgrown with vegetation and ridden like crazy by Miami area thrill-seekers.

Markham Park is a Broward County facility 665-acres in size, sitting on the eastern edge of the Everglades. There is approximately 10 miles and growing of single and double track trails combined. The easier trails follow the edges of the lakes for the most part and consist of gravel roads suitable for any rider. Intermediate trails abound in the park, with diversions around the more technical sections. What Markham Park lacks in verticality, it more than makes up for it in technicality. The climbs here are not long, but they are often steep, with switchbacks and uneven surfaces. The downhill drops are not overly steep like at Alafia State Park, but the designers have cleverly thrown in water breaks, steps, logs, rocks, small ramps and a host of other obstacles which put more of a premium on how well you handle your bike going down, as opposed to how fast you must go – an ingenious use of the terrain.

The trails were surprising hard packed. Florida trails can and often do get sandy during dry periods. These trails seem to have a healthy helping of clay that provides for a fast rolling experience. Well-banked turns wind through what looked to be a birch forest in one section, while a flat and fast trail cut through a very pretty grassy field in another area.

There are opportunities for about every sort of outdoor activity you can imagine. There is even a gun range, which I should mention is a very strange experience to ride near. I felt as if I was riding through Baghdad or some other war torn area. I think I may even have flinched a few times, as my over active imagination conjured up a number of bullets whizzing over my head.

Markham is a popular ride on the weekends, and I can see why. With trails that ride and resemble a mini version of the northern trail Reddick/Razorback (voted best in the state) this well maintained, built and signed trail system should be on every southeastern biker's “must ride” list.

Additional Facilities

You won’t be bored during, before or after a ride at Markham Park. This county park offers more activities in number and in diversity than I have seen at any State or National Park. Want to visit an observatory, watch model planes fly, rent a boat, jet ski, shoot a gun, swim, play tennis, ride a horse, play some volleyball or even go fishing? It can be done at Markham Park. Below is a list of activities and their details.

Freshwater Fishing is available in the park's interlocking lake system. Boats (canoes and paddleboats) can be rented Monday to Friday 10am-4pm, and weekends from 10am-5pm. There is also a lake set aside only for jet skis (no rentals, so bring your own).
Bike Rental: Bikes can be rented for daily use on the paved trails only.
Swimming: Offered at the Core Island Swimming Pool Complex, complete with mist pool, snack bar, showers and lockers. Swimming is available from late February to mid-June, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5pm. From mid-June to Labor Day the pool is open daily from 10am-6pm, there is a per person entrance fee. Swimming lessons are offered Monday to Thursday starting mid-May.
Camping: The campground offers options for RV or tent camping. To make a reservation call the camping office Saturdays and Sundays from 8am-6pm. Camping rates vary from $17 per night for tent camping only to $19 per night for full hook up (water, electric, and sewer for RV's).
Shooting: A target range is available here, with an adjoining clubhouse available for rent. This is the biggest target range is South Florida, offering skeet shooting ranges, target ranges, and a hunting trail.
Fox Observatory: Open every Saturday evening for stargazing. Admission is free.
Radio Controlled Airplanes: The Model Airplane Field offers regular club events. Entrance is free, so you can check out these radio control planes doing their stuff, or fly your own if you have one.
Nature Trails: Adjacent to the Everglades; a self-guided trail booklet is available at the entrance gate. The course is 1.5 miles long (out and back would be a three mile trek).
Picnic: Picnic areas are plentiful, and shelters can be rented for parties. These must be reserved in advance and in person.
Equestrian: Horseback riding trails are available, but there are no on-site horses available for use.
 
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