By Eric Epley
Biking SORBA is very happy to report that we have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for the Mala Compra Greenway Trail with Flagler County. Mala Compra, Spanish for bad bargain,
refers to the land’s rich history, which includes Seminole Indian settlement
and a cotton plantation. Despite the negative name, Flagler Area Biking’s
efforts have resulted in a cause for celebration among area mountain bikers, as
the IMBA-SORBA chapter will officially maintain the existing 5.5 miles of
singletrack in the park.
The Mala Compra Greenway Trail is a slow, technical 5.5 mile ride through several
different natural Florida habitats. The trail begins with hardpack singletrack with switchbacks and straight-a-ways through palm brush for about 2
miles. Then riders reach a snappy 1.5 mile section with challenging
climbs, quick descents, tight, inclined turns, and rock gardens--all surrounding
several sulfur springs. Shoot past the springs and enjoy several miles of flowing
switchbacks. Riders then loop back right where they started after a
final .5 mile up-and-down finish.
The trail is located between Daytona Beach and St. Augustine on AIA, 3 miles
north of Palm Coast Parkway. Riders should park at Bing’s Landing on the
west side of A1A. Bing’s Landing has pavilions, picnic tables, and
bathrooms. There is also an ice cream shop and hamburger stand across the
street. Follow the painted crosswalk across A1A, then follow the path
about 50 yards, and you will see the challenging trail entrance over the rocks
on your right. Flagler Area Biking SORBA has put enormous amounts of energy into
obtaining the memorandum of understanding and would like to thank Flagler
County, the members of Flagler Area Biking, and IMBA-SORBA for all the support
throughout the Chapter’s efforts.
Flagler Area Biking would like to remind everyone that responsible trail etiquette among all riders is the way to ensure the future use of the Mala Compra Greenway Trail. Please be respectful and follow the rules of the trail on your visit.