June 5, 2018
I lived in Waco for about 8 years, then I moved to CO. I came back for summers and breaks, and rode the Cameron Park trails here after CO and I had to search harder for better trails.
Down at the bottom of the park there are lots of trails that are easy and uphill XC trails. These are good XC trails and are great climbs. Some of these trails are intense climbs, but none are very long. The longest climb is around a mile maximum.
I love my technical downhill sections. These were the sections that I had to search the hardest to find. They are there, and they take the form of double blacks like Thor or Bat Cave. These are rocky and very steep. They are also very short.
If you are looking to train your jumping ability, you are coming to either the wrong or right place. There is not much room to grow. The jumps are very small and not designed well. They will teach you how to jump 2 feet in the air and take a drop, they will not teach you how to jump. There are no tables, and certainly not large double gaps. That being said, there is a flow trail with berms at the very top of the park, in an area known as The Ranch at Cameron Park. This area requires a waiver to be signed, and this is where the jumps are (you can sneak in and no one will question you).
Overall, Cameron Park has great moments, and a lot of short uphill and downhill. It can get very fast and dangerous. Beware as a hiker that if you are hiking on a biking trail, essentially anything that isn't the River Trail, you run the risk of coming across a biker moving quickly around a corner.
Best mountain biking in Central Texas.