11 Top Mountain Biking Spots in Texas

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Texas might not be known for mountain biking, however the state has many great spots perfect for mountain bikers of all skill levels. From flat, enjoyable terrain to more challenging trails, the Texas landscape offers more to bikers than you might think. Enjoy some of the best scenery in Texas while biking through these 11 mountain biking spots in the Lone Star State.

Palo Duro Canyon
Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon is already a well known spot for outdoor recreation, and mountain biking is no different. The trails here vary from easy to intense. You can even choose to ride the 15-mile Palo Duro Canyon Cruise, which is along a paved road. However if you’re truly seeking a backcountry experience, hit up the 26 miles of singletrack trails that wind through this scenic canyon landscape. From simply dirt paths to more extreme terrain like drop offs, switchbacks and challenging climbs, Palo Duro Canyon has become a hotspot for mountain bikers of all skill levels.

Reveille Peak Ranch
Reveille Peak Ranch

Reveille Peak Ranch

Reveille Peak Ranch is a great spot to improve your mountain biking skills near Austin. This trail system has grown in popularity among mountain bikers, and therefore it is home to a number of racing events. Intermediate to advanced riders will enjoy the challenging obstacles at Reveille Peak Ranch, such as rocky obstacles, tight spots and uphill climbs. Since these trails are cut through granite rock, you will find more traction and grip here, compared to other Central Texas biking trails where limestone is more common.

Flat Rock Ranch
Flat Rock Ranch

Flat Rock Ranch

Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort is a great option for San Antonio riders. Twenty miles of singletrack trails are found here, and you won’t be disappointed by the variety of challenges and obstacles. The Hill Country terrain at Flat Rock Ranch offers not only nice climbs but also long downhill descents. The creek crossings, technical spots and incredible views are what keep mountain bikers coming back to Flat Rock Ranch. There is even a a mechanic stand at the trailhead, just incase you need a tune up or even an extra tube.

Big Cedar Wilderness
Big Cedar Wilderness

Big Cedar Wilderness

Big Cedar Wilderness has been attracting not only riders from Dallas but all over the state due to the 20 miles of great riding here. Now Big Cedar Wilderness is free and open to the public, however Mountain Creek Church owns the property and all riders must have a waiver on file with the church. The trails here are perfect for all skill levels, and each trail is conveniently marked according to skill level. From great loops to technical climbs to challenging switchbacks, there is a trail here perfect for you. Enjoy the views here, since it’s the highest elevation in the Dallas area.

North Shore Trail
North Shore Trail

North Shore Trail

Both bikers and hikers enjoy North Shore Trail, which is approximately 20 miles long. Mountain biking this trail is recommended for intermediate to advanced riders. Intermediate riders will feel right at home on the East Loop. Advanced riders will be challenged on the West Loop, which is full of technical spots and steep uphills.

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park

Austinites don’t have to travel far to bike Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. Expect hard packed dirt trails with both uphills, downhills and creek crossings. The outer loop, which is 12 miles, is an easy trail popular among bikers. If you want to explore other trails and find more challenging terrain, there are plenty of spur trails that connect to this one. Technical riders will love the BMX loop here.

Big Bend Ranch State Park
Big Bend Ranch State Park

Big Bend Ranch State Park

This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning a mountain biking spot in West Texas. Big Bend Ranch State Park is a far drive away from Texas’ largest metropolitan areas. Therefore head to Big Bend Ranch State Park for a multi-day biking trip. Here you will find singletrack trails and multi-use trails that are open to mountain bikers. Beginner riders will enjoy the Llano Loop, while more advanced riders might want to consider Oso Loop or other backcountry Jeep trails.

Copper Breaks State Park
Copper Breaks State Park

Copper Breaks State Park

Copper Breaks State Park in Quanah is perfect for intermediate to advanced riders. This 2,000-acre state park contains fun biking trails that boast obstacles like creek crossings, intense uphills and rough terrain. The Big Loop Trail will not only offer a challenging ride but also incredible views of Texas country.

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

Find over 90 miles of trails to bike and hike at Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway. Choose to bike the railway, which is a mild grade and is only open to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. However if you’re looking for more of a challenge, don’t miss out on the Haynes Ridge Overlook Trail or the other more advanced trails found in the park. Expect to come across drop offs and steep cliffs on the more difficult trails at Caprock Canyons.

Dana Peak Park
Dana Peak Park

Dana Peak Park

Dana Peak Park is full of singletrack loops and out-and-back options for riders and hikers. This area has about 20 miles of trails that are suitable for intermediate cyclists. Dana Peak is a great place to not only ride but also camp, fish and swim, since the park is located on the shores of Stillhouse Hollow Lake.

Pace Bend Park
Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend Park

Pace Bend Park, located on the shores of Lake Travis, has over 15 miles of singletrack, mountain biking trails. There is even a skill park for mountain bikers too, which is where expert riders will find some challenging yet fun obstacles. However, both beginners and intermediate riders will feel comfortable on the various trails found at Pace Bend Park.

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