Timberlake Mountain Bike Trails
Situated in the southern portion of Eglin, just outside of Fort Walton Beach, Timberlake Recreation Area holds over 26 miles of single-track mountain bike trails. The varied terrain around Timberlake Pond lends itself well to a range of technical riding abilities. Trails at Timberlake are blazed green for beginner (green reflectors on signs), yellow for intermediate (blue reflectors on signs), and red for advanced/expert.
Timberlake Mountain Bike Trails are not maintained by the Eglin Natural Resources Office, but are instead managed by the mountian bike trail club. Please direct comments/questions about maintenance to the club.
Trail sign for the Blueberry Hill trail at the Timberlake Mountain Bike Trails. (Green reflectors indicate beginner trails.)
Trail sign where Snake Charmer Trail and Cramper Trail meet at the Timberlake Mountain Bike Trails. (Blue reflectors indicate intermediate trails.)
The Timberlake Trail System is divided by Lightwood Knot Creek with separate trailheads to access each side. Trailheads are located on Ranger Camp Road and RR 234, accessible from SR 189/Lewis Turner Blvd. Trails may also be accessed from Timber Lake camping area (closed to camping until Summer 2016). All trails at Timberlake Recreation Area are designated as multi-use trails, open to bicyclists and hikers/runners. Hikers and runners must give right-of-way to cyclists.
A valid Eglin Recreation Permit is required to access the mountain bike trails.
Check our Outdoor Recreation Permits for more information.
Timberlake Pond (opening to camping Summer 2016)
Trail Difficulty Definitions
Beginner trails (green blazes) are rideable by novice riders, usually without dismounting. Obstacles have ridearounds or bypasses.
Intermediate trails (yellow blazes) are longer, contain more obstacles, and may require the rider to dismount. Climbs are steeper, longer, and more strenuous for riders.
Advanced/Expert trails (red blazes) are the most difficult with steep climbs and drops, larger obstacles, tighter turns, and longer, more strenuous segments. Obstacles may not have ridearounds or bypasses.
Most trails at Timberlake are directional or one-way. One-way trails are designed to minimize erosion, prevent head-on collisions, and sustain technical features. Some trails are designated as two-way connectors that link parts of the trail system. Two-way trails are marked with blazes on both sides of trees.
***ALL RIDERS must wear properly fitting bicycle helmets when riding on Eglin***
Camping and fishing opportunities will be available at Timberlake soon! Camping activities require a separate permit in addition to the Eglin Recreation Permit. The recreation permit allows fishing, but all fishing in Florida also requires a state fishing license (not sold at the Eglin Natural Resources Office).
Timberlake Trail Guidelines
- Eglin Recreation permit is required to use trails
- Bird watching, walking, and running is permitted on all trails
- Pedestrian traffic shall yield to cyclists
- Do not litter or leave trash
- Wait to pass slower riders until it is safe to do so
- Do not lock brakes or skid tires
- Do not modify or “cut” trails
- Ride ONLY on marked and established trails
- Cyclists ride in the direction indicated by blazes on trees
- No horses or motorized vehicles
- Practice good trail etiquette and environmental etiquette
See our Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information.
Check our new Timberlakes Mountain Bike Trails Map! Click to view a larger map if you want to save/download the map.