Texas Bike Trails
Here’s a mini list of some of the top Texas bike trails. Two mountain biking trails, and one road riding trail along with the one Rails-To-Trails path mentioned below are just a sampling from amongst the many out there. These are some of the most popular bike trails in the State. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department highlights them as such. There is sure to be something for everyone whether you enjoy the outdoors or you’re an avid cyclist regardless of your skill level.
Mountain Bike Trails
You’re missing out if you have not already discovered Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The park is located in the DFW Metroplex. The trail is great for beginners and intermediate riders with a combo of jeep roads and single track trails. The trails loop through hills and around the lake. The Johnson Branch unit offers 12 miles of trails. The Isle de Bois unit has a 10-mile Greenway. Both make for an attractive ride and provide some excellent family cycling opportunities along the Trinity River.
250 miles southeast of El Paso you’ll find Big Bend Ranch State Park. Big Bend Ranch State Park is not the same as Big Bend National Park. This remote ranch boasts over 300,000 acres of vast desert wilderness in a rugged and unpopulated setting. The park offers trails ranging from beginner to advanced. It has spectacular views of the Chihuahuan Desert where extinct volcanoes lie. These trails offer plenty of backcountry adventure for a cyclists. Geared toward beginner riders and families the Llano loop is 8.2 miles in length. The hilly Oso Loop and Rancherias Trail are for more advanced riders though. There are many trails to choose from with over 200 miles of trails. Remember to review the trail guide before you ride these Texas bike trails.
Bastrop State Park is located 30 miles southeast of Austin and offers hill country cycling at its finest. This picturesque park offers a 12.5-mile stretch that runs between both Bastrop and Buescher parks. This scenic ride can be a bit challenging but gives beginner and intermediate cyclists a taste of road riding. This trail is famous for the “Lost Pines”. There are plenty of longer trails as well for serious road riders to use as training routes.
Located 100 miles southeast of Amarillo you can find Caprock Canyons State Park. It’s home to the Texas state bison herd and has 64.25 miles of Rails-to-Trails conversion paths that stretch from the top of the Caprock escarpment to down to the Red River Valley. The Canyons have trails for all skill levels from beginner to advanced. Riders at the beginner and intermediate level can enjoy the Texas bike trails along rail bed conversions. Some sections of these Texas bike trails can be difficult though because the crushed rock ballast is not packed. There are also unexpected drop-offs on the trails. All in all, its a great wide, flat trail to try if you are looking for a “middle of nowhere, just open land” kind of ride.
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