Johnson Branch Trail

Denton, Texas

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3 Reviews
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The trails on Ray Bob started out kind of weak. The state drove a bulldozer through the trees at Isle du Bois Park and called it a mountain bike trail. Then they built the Greenbelt Corridor trails between Ray Roberts Lake and Lake Lewisville. I’ve still not ridden down there. I’m sure it’s nice; those trails run along the Trinity River’s Elm Fork Branch. Then the state let the mad dog mountain bikers loose, and we put in some of the best single-track in north Texas. This trail is far enough from the city that it’s not real well known, and you may not see another soul while you’re riding here. I just love stuff like that. The whole area of the park where the mountain bike trails live is laced with old jeep trails and primitive campsites. The trail is not really well marked yet, but it is established well enough that a few simple directions will be all you need to have a nice afternoon blasting through the trees and over the rocks. I have ridden my Breezer here, but this is a trail well suited to some squish on at least the front of your bike. And if you like to shred, you will probably enjoy this place; it begs you to see what kind of speed you can lay down. Then it will smack you down, suck some skin off your knee, and drag that fancy bike across rocks with surfaces like large grit sandpaper.

Johnson Branch Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The trails on Ray Bob started out kind of weak. The state drove a bulldozer through the trees at Isle du Bois Park and called it a mountain bike trail. Then they built the Greenbelt Corridor trails between Ray Roberts Lake and Lake Lewisville. I’ve still not ridden down there. I’m sure it’s nice; those trails run along the Trinity River’s Elm Fork Branch. Then the state let the mad dog mountain bikers loose, and we put in some of the best single-track in north Texas. This trail is far enough from the city that it’s not real well known, and you may not see another soul while you’re riding here. I just love stuff like that.

The whole area of the park where the mountain bike trails live is laced with old jeep trails and primitive campsites. The trail is not really well marked yet, but it is established well enough that a few simple directions will be all you need to have a nice afternoon blasting through the trees and over the rocks. I have ridden my Breezer here, but this is a trail well suited to some squish on at least the front of your bike. And if you like to shred, you will probably enjoy this place; it begs you to see what kind of speed you can lay down. Then it will smack you down, suck some skin off your knee, and drag that fancy bike across rocks with surfaces like large grit sandpaper."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Denton
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Trailhead Elevation: 620 feet
Top Elevation: 700 feet
Local Contacts: Ray Roberts Lake State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Johnson Branch Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/13/2007
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Very good condition. Several streets to cross though, including Loop 288 in Denton. Never found entrance to trail on the Corinth side. Need better directions off I-35E on the website. From end of trail, turned left and rode to Old Courthouse in Central Denton for lunch.


8/18/2002
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This trail is not closed. It is a fun, technical trail. Lots of rock gardens and climbing. They have easy to advanced trails. A must ride!


10/5/2000
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This has the best singletrack downhill section in all of Austin. If your coming from the 360 side up towards the water tower, follow the dirt road through the fence and acroos the road. You will find a trail ducking to the right. Enjoy! The water tower to 360 has plenty of rock dropoffs to test your skills.



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