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    Idea! Texas Parks & Wildlife- State Parks Biking list.

    I was curious about camping/biking trips and looked at the Texas Parks and Wildlife biking page. It's very informative and answers several questions I've had and I'm sure others have.

    Biking — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

    I thought I'd copy and paste the page to here so that we can have it in once place on the forum.

    Trail Ratings
    These ratings do not address the issue of trail length. It is always a good idea to carry plenty of water (a good rule of thumb is one large water bottle per hour of riding), a snack, and necessary tools for basic bike repair. Remember to always wear your helmet regardless of trail difficulty.

    Beginner Level [L1]: An easy trail requiring basic riding skills. Terrain may be varied in composition but will have no steep grades, ledges, or ruts. An example might be a flat unpaved jeep road or a flat paved road.
    Intermediate Level [L2]: A trail requiring off-road riding experience and more advanced technical skill (for mountain bikers), or a paved road with moderately steep grades (for road bikers). Off-road terrain may have ruts and/or small ledges that may require dismounts, depending on skill level. An example might be a single- or double-track trail in rolling terrain with water bars or ruts.
    Difficult Level [L3]: A trail requiring expert-level riding skills to traverse potentially hazardous conditions (for mountain bikers) or a paved road with very steep grades. An example might be a single-track trail with steep climbs, very rocky terrain, water crossings, and unexpected drop-offs.


    I have them listed in this format::

    Name. Trail ratings.
    Description. Miles of trails.


    Bike Trail Information for Texas State Parks

    Bastrop 1-2
    Scenic ride through the Lost Pines on the paved Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. 12.5

    Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley 1
    Paved roads dedicated to biking, hiking and the parks tram system (no private vehicles). Take an easy ride around the park and get a glimpse of some amazing birds and other wildlife. Bring your own bike or rent one from the visitor's center. 4

    Big Bend Ranch 1-3
    Home to the International Mountain Biking Association's only Epic ride in Texas, Big Bend Ranch State Park is one of the top mountain-biking destinations in the country. The 300,000-acre West Texas park includes over 200 miles of single-track, double-track, and old 4x4 ranch roads, including the ride to “The Other Side of Nowhere,” with steep graded climbs and some wild downhill runs. While Big Bend Ranch State Park has something for everyone interested in the outdoors, it has been described by many as “a pure paradise for mountain-bikers who like remote areas and physical challenges.” Bike rentals are available at the park. 200+

    Bonham 1-2
    Enjoy an 11-mile trail for mountain-biking and hiking. 11

    Brazos Bend 1-2 The parks offers 21 miles of easy mountain-biking. 21

    Buescher 1-2
    Scenic ride through the Lost Pines on the paved Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher State Parks. 12.5

    Caprock Canyons 1-3
    Park mountain-bike trails range from difficult, with cliffs and drop-offs, to trails with less than 3% grade. 16

    Caprock Canyons Trailway 1-2
    The rail-to-trail facility (railbed trail conversion) is mostly unpaved but not too rough; mostly flat; suitable for a mountain-bike or hybrid bike. 64

    Cedar Hill 2-4
    The DORBA trail, named for the volunteers of the Dallas Off Road Biking Association, was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Over 1200 acres of prime mountain bike landscape are crisscrossed with 15 miles of intense riding. This exciting trail is closed after rainfall so call 972/291-3900 and press star 2 for trail conditions 15

    Cleburne 1-3
    Mountain-biking trails offer 7 miles of beautiful scenery for all experience levels. 7

    Colorado Bend 1-2
    Mountain-bikers have access to 26 miles of multi-use trails over varied terrain. 26

    Copper Breaks 2
    Mountain-biking terrain varies, with some rough gorund, creek crossings and tough climbs. The Big Loop Trail cuts through rugged badlands that will take your breath away. 9.5

    Davis Mountains 2
    For road biking there is a scenic 74 mile road loop which can be started and finished from the park (Hwy 118 to Hwy 166 to Hwy 17 and back to Hwy 118). The ride has earned a reputation as being just as difficult, and just as rewarding, as any ride in the state. 3.5

    Devils River 1-3
    The 12-mile loop offers a rugged experience for mountain bikers over varied terrain in one of the state's most pristine and beautiful natural areas. 12

    Dinosaur Valley 1-2
    The trail dips in and out of small valleys, over some exposed limestone and near some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. 12

    Eisenhower 1-2
    Approximately 2 miles is level 1, and 2 miles is level 2 (with steep grades and rock). 4 (8 miles round-trip)

    Fairfield Lake 1
    Twenty miles of trails near Lake Fairfield offer easy, scenic riding mountain bikers. 20

    Falcon 1
    Three miles of easy hiking/mountain-biking trails provide a complete loop around the park. 3

    Fort Parker 1
    This historic park offers a multi-use trail that provides 2 miles of easy mountain-biking. 2

    Fort Richardson - Lost Creek Reservoir Trailway 1-2
    The 10-mile multi-use trail is suitable for all types of use. The trail follows scenic Lost Creek and travels the east side of Lake Jacksboro and Lost Creek Reservoir. The trail crosses the dam at Lost Creek Reservoir and winds along the west side until you enter the trail head. This is a linear trail system that winds with the terrain and abounds in scenic beauty, with many shaded areas of pecan and oak trees. Most of the trail travels by the creek or lakes which provide numerous opportunities to fish and swim. There is a trail head at Fort Richardson State Park & Historic Site and a trail head on Lost Creek Reservoir. 10

    Franklin Mountains 1-3
    A combination of singletrack and jeep roads offers mountain-bikers a taste of the Chihuahuan Desert and a dose of biking through some of West Texas' highest peaks. Be prepared for little shade and no water. 51

    Galveston Island 1
    Four miles of easy multi-use trails provide mountain-bikers with opportunities to see wildlife and experience ocean views. 4

    Government Canyon 1-3
    There are numerous front country and back country hiking/biking trails available at this state natural area. Trails range in length so that bikers can create routes that work best for them. 26

    Guadalupe River 2-3
    The park's multi-use loop trails provide scenic views and varied, rugged riding for mountain bikers. 10

    Hill Country 1-3
    Mixed singletrack, doubletrack and jeep roads are available to mountain-bikers, with some steep hills and plenty of technical terran. 40

    Huntsville 1-2
    All trails are under canopy from tall pine trees. Some trail sections are sandy. 18

    Kickapoo Cavern 1-2
    Multi-use trails provide an easy to moderate mountain-biking experience. 14

    Lake Bob Sandlin 1-2
    Trails offer 8 footbridges and a variety of foliage and wildlife viewing. 5

    Lake Livingston 1
    Five miles of easy trails are available for mountain bikers. Rentals are available. 5

    Lake Mineral Wells 1-2
    The trailway has an improved surface suitable for mountain bikes or road bikes. The route cuts through farm adn ranchland, connecting the town of Weatherford to the downtown district of Mineral Wells. 20

    Lake Mineral Wells Trailway 1-2
    Rail -to-trail facility (railbed trail conversion) 21

    Lake Somerville (Birch Creek Unit) 1
    Multi-use trails provide mountain bikers with a scenic, easy biking experience alongside Lake Somerville. 6

    Lake Somerville (Nails Creek Unit) 1
    Multi-use trails provide mountain bikers with a scenic, easy biking experience alongside Lake Somerville. 4

    Lake Somerville Trailway 1-2
    The multi-use trailway, located around the west end of the reservoir, connects the Birch Creek Unit with the Nails Creek unit and provides an easy to moderate mountain-biking experience. 13

    Lake Tawakoni 1
    Level with lots of twists and turns. 3

    Martin Creek Lake 1-2
    The 6-mile mountain-biking trail winds through the park, providing an easy to moderate biking experience and abundant opportunities for wildlife viewing. 6

    Martin Dies, Jr. 1
    Four miles of trails provide an easy, scenic mountain-biking experience. 4

    McKinney Falls 1
    The park offers 3.5 miles of easy paved trails and 4 miles of multi-use trails for mountain-biking. It is possible to link both together for a longer ride. 7.5

    Meridian 1
    Paved roads. 5

    Mustang Island 1
    Primarily beach riding. 5

    Palo Duro Canyon 1-3
    Road bikers can ride the 15-mile “Palo Duro Canyon Cruise” on the paved road park that starts at the park entrance and goes downhill toward the canyon. It is very steep coming back up, so riders might want to leave a vehicle at the canyon end if they choose not to bike up the hill. Ten miles of non-paved trails in the park offer easier riding. 25

    Pedernales Falls 1-2
    Mountain-biking trails pass through hills dotted with oak and juniper woodlands and provide access to more heavily wooded areas. 20

    Ray Roberts Lake (Isle Du Bois Unit) 1-2
    Nearly 17 miles of multi-use trails wind through the park, providing mountain-bikers with varied terrain and an easy to moderate experience. 16.5

    Ray Roberts Lake (Johnson Branch Unit) 1-2
    Seven miles of multi-use trails wind through the park 7

    Ray Roberts Lake - Greenbelt Corridor 1
    The corridor is a 20-mile multi-use trail system with 10 miles of hard-surface trail open to hikers and bikers. The trail has three trailheads and meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. 10

    San Angelo 1-3
    The park offers over 50 miles of multi-use trails for mountain-bikers at all experience levels. 50

    Seminole Canyon 1-2
    Eight miles of multi-use trails are available to mountain bikers in this rugged, beautiful park. 8

    South Llano River 1
    Four miles of easy trails are available for mountain biking. Trails are closed October - March. 4

    Tyler 1-3
    Tyler is one of the top mountain-biking destinations in the state, offering challenges for all levels. The Pineywoods terrain includes hills, loops, and wildlife viewing opportunities. 13

    Village Creek 1-2
    Mountain-bikers can explore heavily forested areas on the park's multi-use trails. 8

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    thnx dude. saves an extra trip
    Don't live in fear. Be ready.

    I love my bike like a fat kid loves cake.

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    Actually, that list isn't all that accurate and their ratings are a little skewed. A fair reference, but if I'm not mistaken, it hasn't really been updated in years. I'd stick with the links listed at the top of the TPWD page for more accurate and up-to-date trail info...just sayin'
    Last edited by Pedigre; 10-01-2011 at 06:30 PM.
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