Beginner Off-Road Trails Near DeLand, Florida

Dukes Island Road

This trail can usually be tackled with 2WD. There is potential for some washouts during heavy rain, but the forest service does a good job with road maintenance. This is a dead end trail that…
Total Miles
2.9
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Danny Hole at Tiger Bay State Forest

Danny Hole Trail is a network of Tiger Bay State Forest that covers a diverse landscape of longleaf pines and hardwoods, white sand, and low cypress swamps at the infamous Danny Hole. Entering from the…
Total Miles
8.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

FR 46/Pats Island Rd

Forest Road 46, or Pats Island Road, is located in Ocala National Forest and is the access point for the Pats Island Trailhead. The trail starts in the east on SR-19. The first 5.6 miles…
Total Miles
11.6
Tech Rating
3 Moderate
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

North Cross to Nowhere

North Cross to Nowhere starts off at Highway 19 as a well-maintained gravel road with occasional potholes. As you progress East, the road becomes more worn and narrow, eventually turning to lose deep sand. Once…
Total Miles
2.6
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

North Cross

North Cross is a well-maintained gravel road providing access through Ocala National Forest. It connects to many forest roads, OHV trails and Lake Delancy. Both Delancy East and West Campgrounds were closed down and barricaded…
Total Miles
7.3
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

New River Road

New River Road is an improved road of hard packed gravel and sand. It gains access to Davenport Landing Campground and trailhead along the Ocklawaha River. A cool secluded campsite sheltered by a hammock in…
Total Miles
6.7
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

5 Mile Road Winter Garden - Clermont

This route goes between southern Winter Garden and Clermont, passing by several farms and open fields along the way. You can expect to encounter some runners, a few 90-degree turns, and nothing but dirt along…
Total Miles
6.1
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Sandy Pipeline Run

Sandy Pipeline Run is a fun open trail with loose sand and hill climbs if going south. Most of the loose sand is at low points in the trail or along the hill climbs, making…
Total Miles
5.3
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Withlacoochee Grades

Standard service road style trail with the majority of the trail flanked by tall trees, ponds, and additional off-road excursions trails. There are several areas just off the trail great for camping or staging, and…
Total Miles
11
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Fa / Wi

Gaston Road

Gaston Road is part of the trail network in the Ate's Creek tract of Belmore State Forest. The trail surface varies between hard-pack limestone and dirt. It's a stock-friendly trail that can be completed in…
Total Miles
5.9
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Su / Sp / Wi / Fa

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area Trail

Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area Trail is a 4 mile trail through the Northwest portion of Lochloosa Wildlife Conservation Area. The trail is predominantly made of packed sand with a few small sections of loose sand.…
Total Miles
3.3
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Trail 14 East

Easy to medium trail with lots of opportunities to play in soft sand. There are multiple trails that also intertwine with state park trail roads, so be sure to read posted signs on trees before…
Total Miles
1.8
Tech Rating
3 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa

Rattlesnake Road - Jennings State Forest

Rattlesnake Road is a short 1.8 mile trail in Jennings State Forest. The trail is mostly loose sand and while the state has a sign stating "4WD recommended," the trail really only requires a good…
Total Miles
1.7
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Bell's Cemetery Road - Jennings State Forest

Bell's Cemetery Road is a main road and an easy route within Jennings State Forest that gives a driver access to numerous other trails for vehicles, hiking, horseback riding, and camping. Bell's Cemetery Road is…
Total Miles
2.4
Tech Rating
1 Easy
Best Time
Sp / Su / Fa / Wi

Sand Ridge Road

Sand Ridge Road is one of the main trails through the Northern portion of Goethe State Forest and runs parallel to Cow Creek Road, a developed road in the state forest. Multiple short trails run…
Total Miles
7.2
Tech Rating
2 Easy
Best Time
Wi / Fa / Su / Sp