Florida is known for its line of coastal defenses. From the time that the Spanish originally settled there, defenses were an essential requirement, and the remains of French, Spanish and American fort installations dot the coastline. (Some of them were occupied by more than one or even by all three).
The city derives its name from its time as an American resupply depot during the second Seminole war.
What makes this trail exclusive is that it only accessible via private property. So, unless you have permission, you are greeted with a locked gate and no access.
Fortunately for the local mountain bikers (and for the local cycling club), the Airborne Mountain Bike Club of St Lucie has worked out an agreement. If you become a member, you are covered by their insurance, making it legal for you to access the trail under the existing agreement with the landlord.
The fee is low enough that even vacationers who are just passing through the area may want to join the club just to have access to the trail.
It’s a win-win setup that protects the trails while also supporting the local cycling community.
Just don’t try to access this trail without proper credentials as you can be cited for trespassing.
The Ft Pierce trail itself is a fast, winding track that is 6 miles long and only an intermediate difficulty. Being near the shoreline, you have less than 300 feet of ascents or descents, and the sea-level oxygen levels, means you can breathe.
Just don’t underestimate that Florida heat and humidity. Take plenty of water along and stay hydrated. It stays quite warm, even into the evening.