Southeast of Tampa near Lithia, the 4,900 acre Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve has 35 miles of mountain bike trails. About 25 miles of the trails are techinical singletrack. The 12 mile Red Shirt Trail is a long winding route through pine and oak. The newer Ridgeline Trail is also worth exploring, even though it's only 1.7 miles long, it is a blast to ride.
The Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve is located at 13998 Balm Boyette Road in Lithia.
To reach the trailhead from US75, use Exit #246, Big Bend Rd (CR 672).Go east on Big Bend Rd (CR 672) to US 301.· Turn right on US 301. Continue south for 1.5 miles to Balm Rd (CR 672).· Turn left at Balm Rd (CR 672). Continue east for 5.2 miles to Balm-Boyette Rd.· Turn left on Balm-Boyette Rd. Continue north for 1.3 miles to parking lot on right (east) side.
Note: The last map of the area was made in 2004 and does not show all the new trails.
Overall, Balm Boyette Scrub Preserve is the 58th most popular mountain bike trail of all 58 mountain biking rides in Florida.