East of Tampa and south of Lakeland Heights in Polk County, the 500 acre Loyce E. Harpe Park (formerly Carter Road Park) has a 10 mile mountain bike trail. The route winds around old phosphate mining lands with rolling and narrow ridgeline trails. Keep an eye out for gators while riding.
The Loyce E. Harpe Park is located at 500 West Carter Road in Mulberry. To reach the Loyce E. Harpe Park, follow US4 to the Polk Parkway. Get off at South Florida Ave. (exit 6) and head south approx. 4 miles to Carter Road which will be on your left by Walmart. Head east on Carter Road; Loyce Harpe Park entrance on right 1/4 mile. From Hwy 60, head north on HWY 37 in Mulberry. Carter Road is approximately 5 miles on your right by Walmart. Park entrance 1/4 mile east.
Note: the trail was built and maintained by the Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Association.
Overall, Loyce E. Harpe Park is the 57th most popular mountain bike trail of all 58 mountain biking rides in Florida.