How Did The Bike trail get started at CRP:
When the course of the Caloosahatche River was altered in the 1950s, workers had to put all that muddy land somewhere, so they piled it on the northern bank of the river in East Lee County. Little did they know, they were setting the groundwork for a future recreational treasure.
In the 1960s, the State of Florida bought the land and turned it into the Caloosahatchee Regional Park, which is now managed by Lee County. In the Northern part of this park is 400 acres of hard-packed clay, with 15-foot ridges in spots, covered with exotic grasses and trees. It didn't take long for six recreational mountain bikers to recognize the obvious: with some work, this overlooked patch of land could be transformed into incredible mountain-biking terrain.
In 1999 Lee County granted these six bikers the authority to start a mountain bike trail with the condition that they maintain it themselves. This group, which would eventually call themselves the Florida Mudcutters, worked every weekend until they completed the original 5 miles of trails. Over the years, this grew into 11 miles of single-track mountain biking trails that meets the needs of beginners, intermediates and advanced riders.
To this day, the Mudcutters, now over 100 members strong, works with Lee County Parks and Recreation Department to provide the mountain bikers of Southwest Florida with a terrain that is challenging, beautiful and free for all to use.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
THE MUDCUTTER GOALS:
PROMOTE SAFE & RESPONSIBLE CYCLING: Continue to see our nationally recognized bike patrol group for Lee County grow - Provide assistance with directions, map reading and simple bike repairs to other trail users.
We currently have a 10 mile off-road biking trail at Caloosahatchee Regional Park, located in Alva. These trails will be enjoyed by riders from beginner to advanced levels, with a little bit of something for everyone. The land managers are very positive about our club developing and improving trails, and they are more than supportive.
We plan to make our trails comparable to our northern counterparts. Incorporating all of the natural elements of the land, yet keeping our impact minimal. We may not have mountains, but we have many scenic areas and plenty of technical riding that will challenge even the more advanced rider.
I want to extend a welcome to all people who are involved, or interested in becoming involved, in the sport of off-road cycling. We welcome you to come and join us in our laughter, our fun, and our building. I look forward to riding with you.