Mountain Biking Texas  by Christopher Hess

Mountain Biking Texas Guide Book

by Christopher Hess (Falcon Guides)
Mountain Biking Texas  by Christopher Hess
In Texas, mountain bikers of all abilities can find trails that range from tranquil to tricky, and gorgeous to gonzo. There are endless plains, rolling hills, mountain ranges, deep canyons, piney forests, boggy swamps, and all other manner of places to explore and discover in the Lone Star State. This guide takes you on 50 rides through some of the toughest, prettiest, and wildest spots in the nation. Enjoy the scenic vistas of Franklin Mountain in the west, revel in the pine forests of Tyler State Park to the east, challenge yourself in the unforgiving Panhandle, and chase down every tumbleweed and desert trail in between. Insider tidbits about the region's trails and historic background make this more than just a regular trail guide.

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Trails from the "Mountain Biking Texas" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 50.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 50.

A long, forested ride along the banks of Barton Creek through the middle of Austin, the Greenbelt Trail has something for everyone. The main trail is an enjoyable trek for beginners and experts alike, ...
Austin, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
Fast singletrack with some long, tricky, speedy descents and leg-burning climbs to match. This trail is exclusively for mountain bikes. The 8.5-mile intermediate loop is a fast and challenging trail ...
Fort Hood, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.5
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A good trip for the whole family, with practically no elevation change and all smooth surfaces. Gator sightings are likely here as well, so if you do bring the kids, keep an eye on them. Two words: pa ...
Richmond, TX - Birding,Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
The blank plains of the Texas Panhandle, somewhere between Lubbock and Amarillo, open suddenly into one of the most beautiful spots in the whole state. Palo Duro Canyon boasts stunning views of sheer ...
Canyon, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
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Silence, isolation, and tremendous views of the dramatic caprock scenery are reasons enough to make your way out to Quitaque and take a spin on the bike. In addition to the Quitaque Canyon Rails to Tr ...
Quitaque, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.5
These trails don’t see nearly the traffic that their quality warrants, so odds are you’ll have some peace and quiet for your shredding pleasure. And don’t forget to check out the five or six sets of b ...
Glen Rose, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
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This ride has everything. Speedy flats, climbs of all lengths and intensities, and some roller-coastery downhills that will test the limits of your tire tread are all assembled for your enjoyment at C ...
Duncanville, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 11
The beginning section of this ride offers some fun technical challenges, and there are plenty of scenic views of Cedar Lake when the bike trail hooks up with the nature trail. This loop is definitely ...
Cleburne, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
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Rugged scenery, low visitation, and a staff that’s eager to help you enjoy your time in this park all combine to make riding in Copper Breaks State Park a very pleasant experience. It’s not the most e ...
Quanah, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
Multi-use, mainly equestrian trail in a very nice campground offers a good ride for beginning mountain bikers. The Cross Timbers is a pretty nice trail. It’s not so challenging—not at all— and it’s no ...
Mineral Wells, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5
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Conquerable though technically challenging singletrack, killer views from atop Dana Peak, and surprisingly little trail traffic make this Central Texas ride an extremely pleasant surprise. Dana Peak P ...
Nolanville, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
Great Hill Country views, fantastic bird-watching, and very little traffic make this isolated park a great weekend destination. The trail, except for a few pretty hairy spots, is a relatively easy one ...
Del Rio, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.5
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An extremely fun, fairly easy, mountain bike–only trail that meanders around the outskirts of the recreation area through the green and scenic Sam Houston National Forest. There’s not a whole lot of e ...
Coldspring, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7.5
This is the closest thing to free-riding I’ve found in Texas. A relentless series of steep drops and climbs with plenty of technical maneuvering in between, City Park, as it’s called by the locals, re ...
Austin, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6.2
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Long, long lines and wide open terrain will make you feel like you’ve got the entire Hill Country at your disposal. Flat Rock’s 18+ miles of trail offer serious climbs and blazing descents in a gorgeo ...
Comfort, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 18
There’s some serious elevation out here in El Paso, and these are some serious trails. Beautiful views of the Franklin Mountains and a seemingly endless spread of open land make this a trail worthy of ...
El Paso, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 15
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This long, lonely trek through the eastern foothills of the Chisos Mountains is a good way to cover a lot of miles in the park without too rough a ride. The loop stays on good roads and is exposed at ...
Marathon, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 28
A long, easy ride along Lake Georgetown, the trail connecting Tejas Camp to Russell Park is one for riders of all levels. The trail provides access to a few group camping areas and any number of fishi ...
Georgetown, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 10
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This setting is as pure Texas Hill Country as you’re gonna find. Sharp inclines and thorny vegetation abound on the many miles of trail in this state park, offering more space for exploration than you ...
Bandera, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
This is one of the somewhat challenging rides in the park, as the trail traverses a couple decent hills and allows plenty of spots to get your speed up. It’s not horribly difficult, but it does pose a ...
Bandera, TX - Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 6
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