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L.B. Houston Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."
--Chuck Cypert, Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is a great, easy, fun ride for beginners. There are some technical parts, but no climbs so it's designed for racing and just having a good time in the woods. Watch the video http://youtu.be/vmU52IHpa0Y?hd=1
I have a hybrid bike and wanted to see what dirt biking was like. I thought it was really nice. Definately not hard core, but still fun to sneak up on those hair pin turns and get a few branches in the face. Great beginner trail.
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