This route is the west side of the famous Green Swamp Loop. The full loop is completed by connecting to the Rockridge/Green Pond route included in the Florida Routes List. You can pick up this loop in Webster, Florida or at County Road 478 (East) off of US301. This route has lots of curves and some very uncharacteristic (for Florida) elevations. The roads are much better in terms of condition on the west side of the swamp as compared to the east side. The route takes you down to San Antonio/St. Leo where there are some decent places for lunch. Once past Dade City, you're going to experience very limited amenities...gas, food and the like until you come upon the Green Swamp General Store. This is the boonies, but it's a super cool ride.
Not to be confused with the South Florida city of the same name, Flamingo is the National Parks Station at the southern-most point in the Florida Everglades. You access Flamingo on Ingraham Highway out of Florida City and it's a 47 mile trek down to the Station. There is a $5 fee to enter Everglades National Park and Ingraham is a dead end; in and out on the same road. There are many side roads off the main drag and you really need to try each and every one. Trust me...there's something spectacular at the end of each, but they'll all circle back on Ingraham. Some of these off roads will be gravel and/or unimproved pavement; you're call on proceeding down those but so you know, I've done it on a Harley Sportster so it's not like they're single track. You can easily make a day riding this route. At the end there's a Visitors Station and a convenience store. Take your camping gear if you'd like as there's a camping area just past the station at Flamingo. This is an awesome day to tack on your way back from the Florida Keys.
This is one of the greatest National Parks in the Country; it's to enjoy and appreciate. Don't take your loud pipe pieces of crap in there and don't try to outrun the rangers with your extended swingarm sport bikes...there's no where to go.
If in the Floral City area, you need to take a trip back on E. Gobbler Drive for 12 miles of fun. You pick up the Gobbler on US41 just north of Floral City (heads east). This route attaches nicely to some other routes in the area and listed on this board so tack it on your next loop in the area. The Gobbler offers up great scenery, lots of curves, and many ninety-degree turns. This is a very rural road so keep your eyes peeled for road debris like sand and leaves that may have blown on the road. You'll see a lot of bikes back in here as this is the home of the Sleepy Hollow Tavern, the famous Florida Biker spot with the iconic catch-phrase What happens in the pasture, stays in the pasture! Stop in for great bar-b-que.
One of the more adventurous roads in the Florida Everglades, the 24 mile (38.6km) road starts and ends at Tamiami Trail (US-41). The Loop starts as a paved road through some small communities, but quickly digresses to unimproved paved and gravel stretches as you move further into the remote areas of the swamp. Don't be surprised if you come across and alligator in the middle of the road. While the Loop is Adventure Touring paradise, any motorcycle can make it through with due care. Although remote, the Loop is frequently patrolled by the Big Cypress Rangers so watch your speed.