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Rowlett Creek Nature Preserve Trails Professional Review and Guide
"Oh man, this place is sweet. It’s a series of single-track loops right in the middle of a major Metromess suburb. It has something to offer riders of all skill and endurance levels. There’s enough easy stuff to ride that you never have to venture over into the technical trails. It also has enough technical trails that you never have to go over to the easy stuff if you don’t want to."
--Chuck Cypert, Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
This trail is just so excellent. It is about 95% shade, winding through the woods. Great for biking or a slow walk or a fast energetic workout. There is hosed water and 2 port-a-potties, easy parking, and picnic tables. This is going to be our "go to" trail for exercise when heading to Rockwall/Dallas trips. Our children loved it. Just beautiful and peaceful.
I live nearby, so this is a gem to have close to home. Love going out here as there is everything from beginner trails to expert trails where you can die. Great upkeep. Best trail in DFW. I rate it a 3, which is basically a 5 in Texas. If you have ridden in some of the places I have in Colorado, no place in DFW is better than a 3 rating. Great trail in a great nature preserve.
This is my favorite trail! It's beautiful and tree-covered. It's green in the summer and the leaves are breath-taking in the fall. I recommend it because there's something for everyone here.
My son and I love this trail. The trailhead leads you directly into the trails, and there are multiple trails that split off. You can opt for a longer ride by going to each trail in succession, or some bypass certain sections. A great morning ride!
This trail is the one I ride most often here in the Dallas area and is one of the best overall trails in the area. Easy to find, very well maintained and very popular for all levels of experience. The South side loops are very good for beginner/novice riders and yet still fun for experienced riders since it can be quite fast. The North side has some decent challenges for more experienced riders. Loop 7 the most advanced loop, can be somewhat difficult to find since the start of it is on the other side of an overpace, but there are arrows painted on the underside of the underpass to help riders find it. They just added a new loop in April of 2007 (Loop 13) which brings the overall length of all loops to around 14.5 miles, with more loops planned in the future. Like another user posted, this is a very popular trail and even has FREE guided rides on Wednesday nights around 6p.m. for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced riders, which are led by volunteers. This also rides along the creek side for long stretches on both sides which makes for a good back to nature ride. The trail lingers close to significant drop offs in to the creek bed several times and has a train bridge you need to either duck to ride under or walk your bike under, so be sure you wear your helmet. I have whacked my helmet on low limbs in the past that really made me glad I was wearing a helmet, don't leave home without it. This is a great trail for Single Speed riders too, as many of the Dallas trails are well suited for SS bikes. Most of all, have fun.
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