When winter releases its cold grip of the weather there is a collective gasp of excitement among bikers around the nation. The warmth and longer days is exciting for many reasons, but for bikers it is especially exciting as we get out our dusty bikes from our garages and closets. There is a thrill in going around a new turn or dropping 40 feet down a hill and seeking these new experiences can be time consuming. Thankfully there is a list of tested spots for the mountain bikers and even the casual biker to take advantage of in the DFW area.
- Rowlett Creek Nature Preserve Trails – Garland, Texas
Nestled in a wooded area in between Northeast Garland and Rowlett this trail was been growing in the number of trails since 2005. With over seventeen trails with varying in difficulty this trail can accommodate a brand new mountain bike rider or even an expert who has seen it all. With gorgeous views of multiple creeks and the growth of trees and brush it surprises me every year that the trails are weedwacked weekly as to prevent the brush from scratching up your legs.
- Plano Trails – Plano, Texas
For those who prefer a paved biking experience, Plano Trails is for you. While still in construction, this trail allows you to ride from one side of this affluent suburb to another. With parks, water fountains and bathrooms dotted throughout the trail you can ride all day long if you wish. This trail is best for beginners.
- Arbor Hills Nature Preserve Mountain Bike Trail – Plano, Texas
This short trail is lesser to bikers due to how out of the way it is, but being nestled in a high population area makes it favorable for riders. While land around the nature preserve has been developed, the single track of this trail is excellent especially if you are tired of the sun from riding on Plano Trails.
- L.B. Houston Nature Trail – Irving, Texas
Being only five miles long this trail is perfect for those who are unsure of how they would fair on more advanced courses. Without any steep rises or drops this trail you can view the Trinity River in several places.
- Boulder Park Trail – Dallas, Texas
With all the trails in DFW this one is lesser known. It features ten miles of extensive and maze like trails making it difficult to go through the exact same trail twice. This trail is more for mountain bikers with moderate experience and has enough foliage to block the sun from touching your skin throughout most of the trail.
- DORBA Trail – Cedar Hill, Texas
This trail is one of the more maintained and used in DFW. Prepare yourself for a workout because this trail is not for beginners with many points of steep climbing. At about eleven miles there is enough room for you to go at your own pace.
- Cedar Hill State Park Trail – Duncanville, Texas
It can take almost 2 hours to cover this eleven mile track but you get to enjoy views of Joel Pool Lake at the higher points of the trail. This trail is geared toward the expert mountain biker as a beginner or moderately experienced biker will grow tired of this trail quickly.
- Windmill Hill Nature Preserve Trail – DeSoto, Texas
This trail can fool a biker by seeming only moderate in difficulty, but beware for lots of technical turns and maneuvering at the lower points of this trail. Overall this trail is beautiful and quiet with few people using it, but prepare for a hard workout!
- Sister Grove Park Trail – McKinney, Texas
Nestled on next to Lake Lavon, this trail would be suitable for beginners but there are lots of bumpy areas that make it difficult to gain speed in a straight line. Ridability is impossible after rain and getting your bike stuck in the mud is no fun, so wait a few days after a storm. Overall this six mile trail is a good choice for beginners.
- Erwin Park Trail McKinney, Texas
Designed more for expert mountain bikers, this eight mile track is a great choice for those who are accustomed to tight turns and sudden jumps. There are also some blind drops that can knock a beginner of their bike. There are open and flat areas to ride outside of the wooded area that can be uncomfortable for some who aren’t used to it, but it is second nature for an experienced mountain biker. Overall this trail is excellent for those technical bikers.