There’s a lot of history and information floating around about the origins of mountain biking, some that’s recognized and some that depends on who has the best public relations firm. Mountain biking would have happened somewhere and it did.
Did it begin with the Buffalo Soldiers, a turn-of-the-century infantry who customized bicycles to carry gear over rough terrain? It was August 1896, the riders, black enlisted men and a white lieutenant, rode from Missoula, Montana, to Yellowstone and back, an arduous trip. Their mission: to test the bicycle for military use in mountainous terrain.
Source: Mountain Bike Hall of Fame
Florida's largest urban park, Oleta River is located on Biscayne Bay in the busy Miami metropolitan area, the park is best known for miles of off-road bicycling trails, ranging from novice trails to challenging trails for experienced bicyclists. The park actually has more than 18 miles of singletrack.
Definitely the most challenging set of trails around South Florida. Intermediates are really advanced, and advanced are, well, relly advanced. Trail signs (names, directional, etc.) could stand some improvement. The park actually has 10 miles of singletrack.
The Caloosahatchee mountain bike trail is strictly single-track and provides adventure and challenges for beginners mountain bikers alike. Advanced riders will also find awesome trails. It's a 12 miles course with plenty of speed.
81,290 acres of pure off-road riding bliss. Santos is the largest and best known mountain biking park in the Ocala, Florida