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Level: Intermediate
Length: 28 mi (45.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +1,241/1 ft
Total: 192 riders
 

Mountain Biking Flat Rock Ranch

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#1 of 272 mountain bike trails in Texas
#35 in the world

They have 28 miles of existing single track with some jeep trails. The trails lead through typical hill country terrain (rocky), with spectacular views, hill climbs (good ones), long downhill sections (best of all), technical single track (yes it is), and several creek crossings (usually dry in the summer).

They do have a map of the area at the main trail head and it is pretty much the main entrance to all the trails. Bring your own water and tools and a couple of tubes! They do have a mechanic stand at the trail head to work on your bike. The cost is $10.00 per person and it is worth every dollar! Fill out the envelopes (at the entrance) and drop your money in the box. NORBA has several races here every year. The downhill race is worth the trip.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
FROM SAN ANTONIO, TX: Take IH 10 West from San Antonio 45 miles to Comfort. Take the first Comfort exit, State Highway 27 west. Continue approximately 1/2 mile to the first flashing yellow light at the Y intersection of State Highway 27 and US 87 North (to the right). Go 1/4 mile to the second flashing light and take Farm to Market 473 East (to the right). Go one mile and take Flat Rock Creek Road to the North (left). The pavement ends four miles later at the gate to Flat Rock Ranch. Go through the gate, close the gate and park near the only cedar pole shed on the left. Please close any gate you open on the property. This ranch does have live stock, which you will rarely see.
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Q: If you camp at the ranch, is there a good / safe place to lock your bike? Or what do most people do with their bikes when they camp? Just upgraded my mtn bike so probably still overly cautious with my new favorite toy...

Q: If you camp at the ranch, is there a good / safe place to lock your bike? Or what do most people do with their bikes when they camp? Just upgraded my mtn bike so probably still overly cautious with my new favorite toy...
A: refer to answer of question above which is the same question

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  • CFM
    *****

    Very good, well laid out singletrack trails located on a private ranch. Interesting rocky terrain.

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  • MINIs1094
    *****

    Great ride. $10 entry fee was completely worth it to ride groomed trails. A must hit if you are nearby. Pay attention to the website for open and closure times as the last weekend of october is when the close for the season.

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  • sthomas5150
    *****

    Great trails. Challenging XC on the lower loop. Great climbs and awesome descents with spectacular views on the upper loop.

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  • dirtdiver210
    *****

    This place is all around great. You can practice XC, enduro and even some downhill stuff here. Have road it twice to date and once was for a race and the upper loop is a lot of climbing so great for XC but certain trails that drop off of it have almost a downhill feel to them. The trails could use a little bit better marking but hey, it's a giant place so I will give them a slight pass. Bring water, and food as it's a place worth hanging around a bit to explore as much as possible.

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  • Tex72
    ****

    Awesome trails, well maintained and absolutely beautiful. The only downfall we found was that the maps were absolutely terrible and made no sense. We ended up going around in circles but we still had fun.

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  • jstew92
    ****

    Nice place - typical Texas Hill Country - little dry, but that's what expected in Texas. Lots of fun flowing trails on 2/3 and the other 1/3 is rocky and rough but lots of fun.

    Great place to camp - they even have rudimentary showers which make a post-ride beverage much more enjoyable!

    Definitely worth the time and effort to ride this place.

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  • mjl1965@gmail.com

    Rode the Lower Loop this week-what great fun!! Jimmy the ranch owner was very cool and helpful. Some of the best singletrack I've ridden in Texas. Can't wait to get back out there and ride the Upper Loop

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  • macdo159
    *****

    Awesome place to ride/camp. The trails are divided into a lower and upper loop. The lower loop is full of fun long downhill segments with steep and sometimes super technical climbs.

    The upper loop is slightly more technical with long rock gardens and more abundant drops and steep downhills. They are currently adding more singletrack to the upper loop that will add another downhill section.

    All the trails are directional so you can go at your own pace without worrying about hitting someone head-on.

    I highly recommend this place!

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  • Tate2o
    *****

    Best place I have ridden in the San Antonio area. Worth the Drive. If you aren't up for a tough ride stick to the local parks and places to ride.

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  • scube54
    *****

    We camped and rode the trails for 3 days in late September. I got to ride both loops a couple times. Upper loop more technical. My wife is a beginner and she had fun on the lower loop. The owner is a great guy and jumped our car when we ran down the battery one night. There is a shower. Loved the night time sky.

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  • Crawford Rhodes
    *****

    Great fun! Trails were well-maintained and marked. Easy to find, plenty of parking, and scenic. Recimmended. $7 entry fee.

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  • Bubblehead10MM
    *****

    Great ride, probably a little less technical then Lower, and shorter. There's a good climb up Mt. Park, and some fun bits along the way. the ride from top down was a blast. I did worry a little when I saw a pair of bulls near full grown, but they left me alone. also saw sheep(I think Icelandic?) lots of deer, and other cattle.

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  • Bubblehead10MM
    *****

    Just a lot of good trail, with technical features thrown in. Many are non optional. Lots of drops, most role ok, some of the climbing had me pushing. Excelent work out. I did it after Upper, so it was a bit much of a good thing.

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  • *****

    Rode today and perfect conditions. Ranch is extremely well maintained and marked. Upper loop has the pipeline climb for a good workout. One of the top 3 ranches in TX.

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  • Burndawg
    *****

    I usually ride the lower loop because my wife goes with me most of the time, but on Sunday 6/9 I went alone and rode the upper loop. I didn't realize what I had been missing. Although there are a few, short technical spots, for the most part it is a smooth well maintained trail. Please don't confuse smooth with flat. There is no spot on this trail that is flat. You are either going up a perfectly planned/thought out trail or descending a flowing track. My legs were on fire, my lungs were burning and there was a huge smile on my face, when I completed this 10 mile trek. If I had more energy I would have turned around and done it again. It was so good I even dreamed about it that night. The owners take very good care of both trails. Do yourself a favor and ride BOTH trails. Best place for MTB'ing in So TX.
    The cost is now $7 but well worth it.

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  • *****

    A lot of fun! A bit of everything. Some technical stuff. Some fast downhill stuff. Supposedly there is a way to shuttle it too. As well as a nice easy XC ride. Mostly an XC/all mountain ride

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  • djeneration
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    When I moved to San Antonio, the first recommendation from a LBS employee was Flat Rock Ranch. This spring we had the opportunity to help out on a trail work day and rode the upper loop. Just yesterday I had the chance to ride the lower loop. Of the two, the lower loop required far less hike-a-biking and had some great, flowy sections as well as fun switchback descents. The upper loop has some great sections and is far more technical. Overall, the trails are great here, very well-maintained and the owners of this private ranch are very personable mountain biking folk. I highly recommend making the trip. Just make sure to keep an eye out for roaming cattle and sheep! I hope to get a day soon that I can dedicate to riding both loops.

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