Somerville Trailway

Somerville, Texas

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A long, easy ride through flat and piney East Texas woodlands, the Somerville Trailway connects the Birch Creek and the Nails Creek units of Lake Somerville State Park. This is a good beginner’s trail, as it offers a place to put in some long miles without any serious technical challenges. The beauty of this trail is something like the beauty of the midwestern prairie—it’s there, but you gotta let yourself appreciate it. Ultraflat, grassy, and stretching out as far as you can see, the open distance makes for windy days and gigantic skies. Don’t be misled, though: The length of the trail and the fact that there’s not much opportunity to coast make this ride deceivingly tough. You will get a workout. Tread: Mostly doubletrack, with some singletrack and some wide gravel path.

Somerville Trailway Professional Review and Guide

"A long, easy ride through flat and piney East Texas woodlands, the Somerville Trailway connects the Birch Creek and the Nails Creek units of Lake Somerville State Park. This is a good beginner’s trail, as it offers a place to put in some long miles without any serious technical challenges. The beauty of this trail is something like the beauty of the midwestern prairie—it’s there, but you gotta let yourself appreciate it.

Ultraflat, grassy, and stretching out as far as you can see, the open distance makes for windy days and gigantic skies. Don’t be misled, though: The length of the trail and the fact that there’s not much opportunity to coast make this ride deceivingly tough. You will get a workout. Tread: Mostly doubletrack, with some singletrack and some wide gravel path."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Somerville
Distance: 27
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Lake Somerville State Park
Local Maps: USGS Dime Box, Flag Pond, Somerville
Driving Directions: Directions to Somerville Trailway

Recent Trail Reviews

4/9/2005
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Trail was very nice for the beginner that I am. The start from Birch Creek is a little hilly at first with stretches of loose rock, but it is managable. Once you get out into the flatter area it is a nice ride. The wildflowers were amazing. I even raced a wild hog I figured I couldn't do too much but ride, so we raced. The pig left me in the dust. Highly recommended ride for beginners. The initial description is accurate, not much time for coasting so you do get a workout. Bring your camera.



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