Trail recommendations near Dallas, Austin, and Houston, TX

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    • #219104

      Hi everyone, I’m looking for MTB trail recommendations in the Dallas, Austin, and Houston areas. What are the best trails within driving distance of the metro areas?

    • #219144

      Check out for lists of all our trails around the Dallas Metroplex.  I’m not sure if your skill level, but the most challenging trails (IMO) on that list that I personally have ridden is Northshore (west side) and Isle Du Bois (including loops D & E).

      Northshore is our most popular trail by far, though.

      Big Cedar used to be a very popular trail until land ownership issues came about, now it’s not tended to very well because the land owners are cumbersome.

      I hear Boulder and Cedar Hill State Park are legit, but they are pretty far south for me and I haven’t gotten a chance to ride them yet.


    • #219208

      Thanks @zcs626! I’ll also add that I’m looking for bike trail recommendations in San Antonio as well…

    • #220236

      Rowlett creek Preserve is a good ride with several fun loops. Oak cliff Nature Preserve is another good spot. One of the tougher trails (at least last I rode it), was Erwin Park in McKinney. Check DORBA or for more in each area you are researching…it can be broken down by region. Lots of good info on both.

      Happy riding!

    • #220246

      From where you’re coming from, these will be some of the most technically interesting, and fun trails. The above recommendations are all solid, but are much more XC/beginner oriented. So, if you’re only hitting a handful– these are a pretty solid mix:

      DFW – Northshore, Big Cedar, Boulder and Sansom.

      Austin – Reimer’s Ranch, Flat Rock Ranch, the Greenbelt, Bluff Creek Ranch

      *Houston – Double Lake, Cypresswood Trails, Huntsville State Park, Memorial Park, Jack Brooks. (Keep in mind, Houston isn’t really somewhere people go for destination mtb– Austin and DFW have considerably more elevation changes to work with.)

    • #220305

      Thanks @Skippy67! Here’s where we ended up for Dallas and Houston. San Antonio (and perhaps Austin) are slated for future Five2Rides.

      Five2Ride: The Best Bike Trails in the Dallas / Fort Worth Area

      Five2Ride: The Best Bike Trails in Houston


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