Rocky Hill Ranch

Smithville, Texas

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The ultimate mountain bike ranch. Between the camping, the saloon, and the huge network of trails, this place has it all. Once past the lung-busting stretch of hills at the beginning, the trails are mostly smooth and fast. Some stretches offer roller coaster–like speed and turns, and the one-way riding lets you make the best of them. Rocky Hill Ranch is a Central Texas biker’s paradise. It’s on private land, and most trails run one-way, so traffic is minimal. And although the first stretch of trail—the ominously named Fat Chuck’s Demise—is a grueling series of hills covered with loose gravel, the trail network here is one of the most user-friendly configurations you’ll find. The trails are all well marked, and each section can be accessed from a fire road that circles the ranch and from power line and pipeline clearings. Once the ride is over, there are bike wash facilities as well as a saloon with a great front porch, huge hamburgers, and ice-cold beer. Tread: Mostly singletrack, with some short stretches on fire roads.

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"The ultimate mountain bike ranch. Between the camping, the saloon, and the huge network of trails, this place has it all. Once past the lung-busting stretch of hills at the beginning, the trails are mostly smooth and fast. Some stretches offer roller coaster–like speed and turns, and the one-way riding lets you make the best of them. Rocky Hill Ranch is a Central Texas biker’s paradise.

It’s on private land, and most trails run one-way, so traffic is minimal. And although the first stretch of trail—the ominously named Fat Chuck’s Demise—is a grueling series of hills covered with loose gravel, the trail network here is one of the most user-friendly configurations you’ll find. The trails are all well marked, and each section can be accessed from a fire road that circles the ranch and from power line and pipeline clearings. Once the ride is over, there are bike wash facilities as well as a saloon with a great front porch, huge hamburgers, and ice-cold beer. Tread: Mostly singletrack, with some short stretches on fire roads."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Smithville
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Maps: USGS Smithville
Driving Directions: Directions to Rocky Hill Ranch

Recent Trail Reviews

8/10/2006
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Great ride! Be prepared for a steady climb through loose rock in the beginning, but after that, its mostly thrills. I especially like the "Lizard Run". Man those reptiles are shift!



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May 2018