Cameron Park Trails

Waco, Texas

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I raced here in the rain once, long ago. It was evil and grueling, slow and slippery, and I had no fun. On the other hand, I’ve had some great times riding these trails with my friends, when the conditions were right. This is for sure one of the best trail systems in either state, and I am honored to see that the local volunteers have poured so much of their hearts and souls into sustaining these superb trails. There was a time when I knew my way around here pretty well, but it has changed a lot. I always used to get lost anyway, except for the few times I found the trail marked for the races, but I have never stopped enjoying just wandering through the trees and challenging the terrain. And it is challenging. There are some climbs here that will take you to the edge of your oxygen intake and heart rate capabilities. If you rode this thing every day you would be in awesome condition, your skills would be top-shelf, and your legs would be ready to ride anything in Texas or Oklahoma. I love it here—the woods are gorgeous and the trails are outrageously evil. Sneaky, clever, well thought out, expertly designed; there’s everything you can handle out in this park, and then some.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

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Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

I raced here in the rain once, long ago. It was evil and grueling, slow and slippery, and I had no fun. On the other hand, I’ve had some great times riding these trails with my friends, when the conditions were right. This is for sure one of the best trail systems in either state, and I am honored to see that the local volunteers have poured so much of their hearts and souls into sustaining these superb trails.

There was a time when I knew my way around here pretty well, but it has changed a lot. I always used to get lost anyway, except for the few times I found the trail marked for the races, but I have never stopped enjoying just wandering through the trees and challenging the terrain. And it is challenging. There are some climbs here that will take you to the edge of your oxygen intake and heart rate capabilities. If you rode this thing every day you would be in awesome condition, your skills would be top-shelf, and your legs would be ready to ride anything in Texas or Oklahoma. I love it here—the woods are gorgeous and the trails are outrageously evil. Sneaky, clever, well thought out, expertly designed; there’s everything you can handle out in this park, and then some.

©  Chuck Cypert/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Waco
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Local Contacts: City of Waco
Topo Map: Cameron Park Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

10/20/2009

A part of a five hundred acre mid-city park system, I have hiked the Cameron Park Trails for several years. They are great in my opinion, varying from easy, no sweat and totally enjoyable, to "you can break your leg", which I did, or "ride your bike down a near drop-off, fifty foot ravine", which several friends of mine have done. The River Trail runs right beside the Brazos River which runs straight through downtown Waco. This trail is perfect for those out for an easy walk beside one hundred plus foot high cliffs, through gently rolling terrain covered with heavy woods, beside one of Texas' most storied rivers. The Highlander Trail, in my opinion the system's most demanding and difficult trail, rises from near the northern end of the River Trail, just beyond the confluence of the Bosque and Brazos Rivers. This is my favorite trail of them all, but it is also the trail on which I broke my leg two years ago in a fall after hitting some dry, very slippery (roller bearing) dirt. Broken leg or not, the Highlander is the place to be. It leads upward dramatically beside a deep, beautiful, and tree filled ravine to the summit of the escarpment, probably one hundred feet above. You are climbing all the way. Once there, I drop back down on Hale-Bopp to the lower levels and one of the other numerous trails. In all, there are fifteen to twenty miles of great trails that twist, wind, dip and rise through the hills, ravines and small valleys of Cameron Park. All are good for someone, but each trail is not good for everyone. You have to know your limits. If you are not in shape, do not try the Highlander. There are multiple trails, all of varying skill levels. There is one for everyone. My suggest is come, bring your best hiking shoes, your bike and whatever else you will need for hiking and biking, and have a great time. Cameron Park trial are a great place to have fun while getting into better shape!! Harold Ray Emerson, D.V.M. Waco, Texas

3/13/2008

Great place to ride, a variety of everything is available from speed runs along the river to some technical uphills. Some large roots and rocks are the biggest obstacles. Watch out for walkers on the river trail. California 56 and Highlander are the two best and longest trails, and Shyst, Edge, and Palmer are all decent downhills.

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