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Level: Intermediate
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +215/ -213 ft
Total: 152 riders

Mountain Biking Erwin Park

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#13 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#493 in the world

Erwin Park has an official trail head starting point. However, the trails make 2 loops from this point and didn't, in my opinion, come together too well. So, I recommend a different route. You can do the route either way depending on whether you want to do the easier sections first or do the harder sections first. The beginning of the harder section is actually a good warm up so I recommend the harder section first. If you do it this way, you will be riding in a clockwise direction. From the parking lot, ride directly into the trees that are immediately adjacent to the parking lot. It won't take you long to find the trails. Turn right and you're good to go. This early section has the best section of woop-dee-doos as it meanders through dense hardwoods along a creek bottom. Once the trail finishes meandering through the trees, it enters a big field. This provides an opportunity to turn on the after burners and really get the heart pumping. The trail makes its way to the park boundaries and runs along a fence for a short distance before heading back into the trees. Then the tight single track starts up again. There is one more section of field and one more section of riding in the trees before finishing the first loop and reaching the main trail head. This first section has some very tight and fairly technical sections that require careful negotiation or you will end up hitting a tree or having a stump or root send you for a spill.

The main trail head is at one end of the parking lot so you can end the ride here. Or, you can merge left onto the easier loop for a few more miles of fun. This section of the trail is not nearly as technical or tight or twisty as the first section. There is also a bigger percentage of the trail in fields. So, this provides a good opportunity to really get some speed up and catch some air on several small jumps. Toward the end of this section, you enter the overflow parking lot which is just a big, grassy field. Shortly thereafter, you cross the road you drove in on. Follow the road to the parking lot and you have completed one giant loop of around 8 miles.

First added by alvin.santoy on Sep 27, 2004. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
McKinney, Texas is located about an hour north of Dallas right on US highway 75. From highway 75, take highway 380 west for about 2.5 miles to state highway 1461. Turn right at the light. There is also a sign to Erwin Park here. Go about 2 miles to CR 162 and turn right. Go about 100 yards to CR 164 and turn right. Go about 1 mile and turn left on CR1006. The park is about .5 miles on the right. Enter the park and follow the road, merging left at the intersection, to the parking lot. There were signs for Erwin Park at each intersection but they weren't real big or noticeable so look for them carefully.
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  • Michael Bannister

    Erwin Park is a great, fast & flowy trail with an active trail builder who is constantly working to maintain and improve the facility. There is a fair amount of variety in the trail (not as much as North Shore, but you work with what is available). There are new jumplines and more coming in the summer of 2021.

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  • FredCook   ✓ supporter

    There's been some more re-routing work, bypassing some over worn sections, as well as improving a couple of (as I remember them) more bland straight line climbs. All good, and better! Great work by those that maintain the trail (DORBA, I assume). Still one of my North Texas favorites for a faster less technical ride with enough roots, twists, and dips to keep it interesting.

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  • FredCook   ✓ supporter

    This trail has evolved over the years. A little longer now (~8 miles), a couple more switchbacks on the open slopes, and more (higher) speed sweeping descents. Re-routing of older, worn out paths was well planned. Plenty of uphill rewarded with nice downhills runs, either in the open with fast banked sweeps, or in the trees with roots and bumps. A nice mix in one trail. Enough XC style riding mixed in with enough techy short climbs and obstacles to make some use of all that extra suspension we tend to buy for North Texas. :) Bring you roots game face... no shortage of roots on this trail! One observation... a LOT more foot traffic these days. But then, I can remember riding there on Saturdays and only seeing one or two riders... One of my North Texas favorites.

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  • Ethan Harper

    Fantastic ride with lots of up and down. Lots of trees though, so watch out.

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  • JPhil9

    Good trail... Easy to get to and find trailhead. It's actually two loops, but starting across from first parking lot is best. Together, they are about 10-11mi, I think.

    If your a beginner, there are bailout trails... If not, there is still enough advanced parts to get you back.

    Still the best trail option in NE side of metroplex.

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  • Andy T

    First time riding it on 12/14/14. I thought it was a nice intermediate trail for North Texas. I will be riding it again real soon.

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  • MTBNinerBill

    Good training trail, close to my house and we'll maintained. This trail will throw everything at you although none of it is very difficult for a seasoned rider. Beginner friendly and very fast if you have the confidence to let it all hang out. Early morning spring and early fall I would watch out for the spiders, they like to spin webs across the trail and catch riders in them.

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  • mbuie

    This a fun trail, but I wouldn't make a long journey to ride it. It's easy enough for beginners, but still fun for more advanced riders. lot of gradual climbing followed fast flowy downhill. A mix between open pasture and wooded area. Lots of roots! As hydegroove13 said, watch out for the grasshoppers. These guys are massive! I took a direct hit to they eye and saw stars. Now I have a small yellow bruise in my eye.

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  • ****

    Fun twisty, rooty trail. A local let me know the trail is one way (would be fun the opposite direction). There are a couple of short climbs. Liked the combination of wooded and open sections.

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  • spc_muni

    I often ride MUni (mountain unicycle) here. Its a great trail to build skills and endurance. Good technical woods sections and open fields. Mountain biking here is fun also. ;)

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  • cdog44

    This trail is pretty good for begginers, but yet at the same tame, it still provides enough of a challenge that intermediate riders can still get a good workout with the various "forks in the road". these forks allow begginers to go one way, or more advanced riders to go another, more technical route. There are areas, most notably in the places, where the track is fairly deep. This provides the challenge of having to keep the wheel straight to avoid from hitting the sides and slowing your momentum. There are various man-made areas that provide extra challenge, the most exciting one is a new installment: a sweet 45 degree banking turn! it is really fun to ride on, but make sure you take the angle just right (I'm speaking from experience!). There are very fun downhills that allow you to get some air on the endo of them. Something that adds an added challenge to thetrack are the numerous routes at this place.

    This place is the perfect fit for begginers and experts alike!

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  • mtb_rider_guy

    Nice trail with a lot of variety and seems to be well maintained... kudos to the DORBA folks for keeping this up and giving the lowlanders a good place to ride. I would say this is a good trail for novice riders but it also offers some fun 'alternate paths' and challenges for intermediate riders. If you keep your speed up you can get a decent work out and have a good time.

    It was pretty damp both times I was there which can lead to pretty slick trails with all the wet leaves and roots. I like the fairly tight trees and the occasional man-made obstacle. Not really any long or tough climbs to speak of though. I’d recommend two loops for a better workout. I did one loop one direction then reversed direction for the second loop. I’m not certain if there is a “preferred” direction for this trail but it was not crowded at all and no one mentioned anything about it. I'll definitely go back if I'm ever in the area again.

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  • hydegroove13

    pretty decent trail. Lots of twists and turns. Not many climbs. Wooded and also field areas. Hikers are pretty insistent about biking in the correct direction. Bring water---it gets hot in the fields. Also watch out for a hail storm of grasshoppers--haha

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  • Konijntje

    "Erwin Park is a city of McKinney public park. The trail is just around 8.1 miles. The trail is a mix of tight and twisty in the woods to some fast open field sections. There is plenty of climbing to get you heart rate up. Since you're going up, there are some fast and fun downhills as well. There are some technical sections and most of the technical sections have alternate (easy) routes around them. The trail does have some dips. The last section of trail is called the expert section. There is an alternater route to your left crossing a bridge (left - easy; right - hard). This is the only alternate route with a bridge. " - From the DORBA Home Page www.dorba.org

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  • ckrd23315

    This trail has a lot of variety. There are long straight sections on prairie land and zig-zag rooty technical sections in the woods along the creek. It's run ride with many different skill requirements.

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  • jon_t

    this is a great trail to ride with the tight turns, good jumps and downhills as well. it has it all that most would enjoy. a must ride

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