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    Where to ride in Dallas area

    Will be traveling to Dallas for a soccer tournament. Want to check out some trails while I am there. What are the best trail options in the area?

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    What are your trail type preferences and in what part of Dallas will you be?

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    Big Cedar and Boulder Park are just south of Dallas (BC 15 minutes from downtown and BP about 10) and are prob the best trails available in the metroplex right now. Both rocky and twisty with pretty good climbing for Dallas. BC is much bigger, the whole loop is 20+ miles with enough climbing to hurt you. Boulder is shorter but a lot of fun as well. Both are medium tech. Don't miss Copperhead Ridge and SXSW if you ride Big Cedar.

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    Ok. Sounds good. Looks like we have a tournament in Dallas and another tournament in Plano. Don't know my Texas geography. Are those trails close to olano at all?

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    Not really. They're within driving distance, but not what I'd call close. Mapping Big Cedar from Plano, TX it shows 41 minutes. But it'd definitely be worth the drive. Plano has Arbor Hills, it's more of a beginner friendly short trail. Some roots, pretty flat. Rowlett Creek Preserve is decently close to Plano, 15 minutes from downtown Plano to Rowlett Creek Preserve via the toll road. RCP is one of my home trails. Most of the trails are easy, on the north side 7,14,11,12 and 13 have some decent climbs and some drops. Nothing crazy difficult but what I'd call intermediate to barely advanced.

    If you go here Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association there's a map on that page that shows the trails, you can read up about and decide which is close enough to drive to.
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    Don't forget or leave out Marion Sansom park! It is awesome, has intermediate and advanced trails and is plenty technical.
    Sansom park is located in the Saginaw area very close to the Joint Reserve Base/Airfield.
    There is also North Shore and Horeshoe trails on the north and south of Grapevine Lake. North Shore is still closed due to flooding.

    Sansom park is by far my favorite and is presently kicking my butt....which is what I want.

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    DORBA site is showing Big Cedar closed. Is that because it is --as stated on the site --always closed on Mondays or trail conditions, other? Be in Dallas with bike on Wednesday so just checking.

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    Always closed on Mondays, unless a holiday, then it may open. It is open today.

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    Big Cedar was well worth the trip btw

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    this is great information. Son and I planning to be in Dallas this weekend!
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    Do check DORBA for trail status, we had a bunch of rain move through last night and everything is closed as I write this. Riding around Dallas has been tough for the last year. Trails are either under water, literally, or closed due to rain.

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    Just moved to Frisco. Wondering why Big Cedar is always closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by butasan View Post
    Just moved to Frisco. Wondering why Big Cedar is always closed.
    Apparently, there are land access issues there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bike_Ninja View Post
    Apparently, there are land access issues there.
    Yep, don't expect it to open anytime soon.

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