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    Biggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio

    I'll be in Texas for just over a week, traveling with my bike from Dallas to San Antonio, spending a few days in Dallas and then the rest of the time in San Antonio. I know about the trails in Grapevine, I've seen a few of the riding areas outside of Austin mentioned a few times. Looking for suggestions, mainly I like to ride 30-40 miles, lots of up and down, technical, etc. I realize that may not all be possible, so I'd like to maximize as much of those traits as possible (in that extremely small trail areas/parks can be pretty disappointing). I know the enduro race is going on over the weekend, so that's a potential area to hit, although I'll have my XC bike.
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    Check out Lake Georgetown Goodwater Loop...I think it may be on Austinbike.com

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    Checkout the Austin Ridge Riders club. They have a lot of information and rides. For San Antonio the MTB club is STORM.
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    I think Cameron Park in Waco is really fun and only 15-20 minutes from I-35. Maybe 20 miles of trails. Unfortunately it's kind of a spider web of trails but there are some really punchy climbs and steep descents. I just did a google search and found a recent TMBRA race video that captures some of it

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    Check out Lake Georgetown Goodwater Loop...I think it may be on Austinbike.com

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    2nd that. I did that a few years ago. Only caveat is that back then, it was somewhat hard to follow the trail, and in at least one place it was seriously overgrown. Maybe it's better marked now. I felt it was quite the epic despite the fact that I think it's only 22 miles. BTW, it's not groomed at all and has some areas with sharp edges and can be a tire killer if your pressure is too low.

    30-40 mile rides around here generally require multiple laps as far as I'm aware unfortunately.

    I think my highest recommendation for Central TX that I've experienced is Reveille Peak Ranch: https://rprtexas.com/

    Brushy Creek north of Austin is a really good ride.

    If you can get north of Dallas, Isle Du Bois and Johnson Branch, both at Lake Ray Roberts are great rides.
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    Good suggestions, thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKL View Post
    2nd that. I did that a few years ago. Only caveat is that back then, it was somewhat hard to follow the trail, and in at least one place it was seriously overgrown. Maybe it's better marked now. I felt it was quite the epic despite the fact that I think it's only 22 miles. BTW, it's not groomed at all and has some areas with sharp edges and can be a tire killer if your pressure is too low.
    I was out at Lake Georgetown last year and what I rode was well maintained. I did not do an entire loop, but I believe it is closer to 26 miles now.


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    I think my highest recommendation for Central TX that I've experienced is Reveille Peak Ranch: https://rprtexas.com/
    +1 with JACKL on Reveille Peak in Burnett. Lots of scenery and tech like no other place I've seen in Texas, but I think it's only open on weekends.


    Also you should consider Colorado bend State Park near Lampasas. You can easily put together over 20 miles out there and it has great trails (Tinaja) with plenty of scenery to keep you interested!
    Let us know where you wind up going and post up the goods!!
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    Sansom Park in Fort Worth. Only about 14 miles long but plenty of tech, including descents and climbs. It's reasonably well marked too.

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    You could easily do 50+ miles of trails, with minimal repeats and pavement, in Austin utilizing Barton creek greenbelt and the South Austin Trail Network. Though there is a high likely hood of getting totally lost, and annoyed, without a guide.

    Won't be much elevation change, though there are some steep climbs if you choose, and the tech level can range from Jedi to zero over the route.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matadorCE View Post
    Sansom Park in Fort Worth. Only about 14 miles long but plenty of tech, including descents and climbs. It's reasonably well marked too.
    Have heard about this from a few people.
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    If you find yourself in Austin on a Tuesday evening, go to the Ride and Imbibe weekly gathering at Walnut Creek Park. It is a flowy trail and you'll meet up with a bunch of local riders. This time of year you would want to bring lights for this ride. Everyone hangs out after a ride and there's often someone with a grill offering snausages or something to eat. Also, visit bikemojo.com and see if you can scrounge up a guide for the Barton Creek Green Belt, most of the good stuff is challenging navigation-wise. Another local trail to Austin is City Park (also called Emma Long) and includes quite a bit of short climbs with technical ledges. It is shared use with motorcycles riding the trials-like features, and thankfully no pedestrians. Second on the austinbike.com suggestion for scoping out local and nearby rides around the Austin area. Ratings, descriptions, GPS data, and even what beer to drink after the ride.

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    If you want to ride the Barton Creek Greenbelt let me know your schedule. I work from home and can have really flexible timing. I can give you a good tour of the greenbelt, but if you don't have a guide, you'll miss all of the good stuff.
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    Ha! Speak of the devil ...

    Take him up on this offer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by austin_bike View Post
    If you want to ride the Barton Creek Greenbelt let me know your schedule. I work from home and can have really flexible timing. I can give you a good tour of the greenbelt, but if you don't have a guide, you'll miss all of the good stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matadorCE View Post
    Sansom Park in Fort Worth. Only about 14 miles long but plenty of tech, including descents and climbs. It's reasonably well marked too.
    Was fun, not really well marked, but I'm sure I'll be back for it (I come every 3 mo to Texas). Some good ups and downs for sure.
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    You should definitely hit up RPR in Burnet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Awshucks View Post
    You should definitely hit up RPR in Burnet.

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    I just did!
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    Oh man there was a race today. Was that a problem for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    I just did!
    And.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by keithrad View Post
    And.....

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    And there was the race, I didn't race because I brought a light XC bike, but I got a lot of great miles in on the chunk. I even saw people riding with pants!!Biggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-img_2311.jpg
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    Which is damn near impossible, haha! I may have a few more pictures and some video of the Enduro race from my Go Pro. Will post this weekend hopefully. Thanks to everyone that showed me around and pointed me in the right directions, Jackyl, John, the San Antonio crew I rode with on Thanksgiving day!
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    Some of RPR while I was in Texa$Biggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15271984_10100973561497148_2217276437252817055_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15170754_10100973560144858_8799663228001971458_n.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15170941_10100973558837478_2669627720090223674_n.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15178134_10100973559780588_8162929912795516904_n.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15192779_10100973561467208_4556261101008847867_n.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15194431_10100973563029078_4159047565641915712_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15220104_10100973563168798_1517358607498686566_n-1-.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15235631_10100973562679778_7357584987847335239_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15235679_10100973558587978_6774596461944754551_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15250730_10100973558528098_2169010019133744599_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15252553_10100973563068998_4663004718875945318_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15271893_10100973562789558_3272519641949038928_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15271955_10100973562974188_5298022714550383164_o.jpgBiggest Rides between Dallas and San Antonio-15156937_10100973563133868_1109014740870485046_o.jpg
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    Glad the race didn't compromise your experience at RPR and it looks like you got to some of the good stuff? Did you get charged $25 to ride that day? Normally it's only $10.

    Next time you're in Central Texas I highly recommend Colorado Bend State park. Over 20 miles of chunky limestone greatness. Great views too.

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