This is still my favorite trail. It is an excellent place for a beginner to start finding their dirt-legs. In fact, I probably learned to ride a mountain bike here. I mean really learned about tossing the bike into a turn and finding the edge of that envelope good tires can provide. Situated in a forgotten corner of woods between Dallas and Irving, the armpit of the Metromess. This ain’t exactly the best part of town—not the worst either, but sort of populated by a lot of non–mountain bikers. People come here to fish or drink beer, and just around the corner is another park (with the same name) known as a meeting spot for people who don’t necessarily have the same lifestyle as most folks.
Dense woods, right on the river in several places, an easy flat trail that is great on a rigid mountain bike or a hybrid. You can bring your kids or pals along who don’t have the skills or conditioning to ride the harder trails in the area. I usually don’t even carry a patch kit or pump here, because you can easily get back to the trailhead if you have a problem—you’re never more than half a mile or so away. As the crow flies, anyway. When you’re back there in the woods you’ll have no idea where you are.
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