Biking

Photo by Earl Nottingham of mountain-biking at Big Bend Ranch State Park

Biking in Texas State Parks

Texas State Parks offer the best biking in the state, no matter your skill level. Paved park roads are ideal for families, while adventure seekers can mountain-bike hundreds of miles of multiuse and single-track trails. Always wear a helmet. Bring a map, and carry plenty of water, extra snacks, and bike repair equipment. Consider wearing reflective clothing and lights to help motorists see you. Happy cycling!

Trail Ratings

These ratings can help you plan for trail difficulty, surface type, and available mileage. For trail distances, please see park maps.

  • Beginner: Requires basic riding skills. Terrain may vary in composition but will have no steep grades, ledges, or ruts. Example; a flat unpaved jeep road or a flat paved road.
  • Intermediate: Requires off-road riding experience and some technical skill (for mountain bikers), or could be a paved road with moderately steep grades (for road bikers). Off-road terrain may have ruts and/or small ledges that may require dismounts. Example: a single- or double-track trail in rolling terrain with water bars or ruts.
  • Advanced: Requires expert-level skills to traverse potentially hazardous conditions (for mountain bikers); or could be a paved road with very steep grades. Example: a single-track trail with steep climbs, rocky terrain, water crossings, and unexpected drop-offs.

West Texas (El Paso, Big Bend, San Angelo)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Big Bend Ranch Beginner-Advanced One of the nation's premier destinations, this 300,000-acre park offers single-track, multi-use trails, and historic roads. Bike rentals are available.
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200+ Trail
Davis Mountains Intermediate Bike a scenic 74-mile road loop, which you can start and finish from the park (Hwy 118 to Hwy 166 to Hwy 17 and back to Hwy 118). The ride has earned a reputation as being as challenging, and as rewarding, as any in Texas. 3.5 Paved
Devils River Beginner-Advanced A12-mile loop offers rugged riding over varied terrain in one of Texas' most pristine areas  12 Trail
Franklin Mountains Beginner-Advanced Single-track and jeep roads offer a taste of the Chihuahuan Desert as well as some of Texas' highest peaks. Prepare for little shade and no water. 51 Trail
Kickapoo Cavern Beginner-Intermediate Multi-use trails provide an easy to moderate ride. 14 Trail

Hill Country (Austin, San Antonio)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Bastrop Intermediate-Advanced Ride through the scenic Lost Pines on paved Park Road 1C between Bastrop and Buescher. 12.5 Paved
Buescher Beginner-Intermediate The scenic, hilly, 12-mile paved road between Buescher and Bastrop is ideal for experienced cyclists. The park also includes about 8 miles of trail riding through pine trees and cedar elms. 20.3 Paved and Trail
Colorado Bend Beginner-Intermediate Access 26 miles of multi-use trails over varied terrain.
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26 Trail
Government Canyon Beginner-Advanced Front country and back country trails are available. Trails range in length, so riders can create routes that work best for them.
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26 Trail
Guadalupe River Intermediate-Advanced Multi-use loop trails offer scenic views and varied, rugged riding. 10 Trail
Hill Country Beginner-Advanced Mixed single-track, double-track and jeep roads offer some steep hills and plenty of technical terrain. 40 Trail
Kickapoo Cavern Beginner-Intermediate Multi-use trails provide an easy to moderate ride 14 Trail

Lyndon B. Johnson Beginner 2.5 miles of scenic trails offer a closer look at the area's wildlife and rich history. A scenic, 9-mile paved loop winds through Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, beginning and ending at the Visitor Center. 11.5 Paved and Trail
McKinney Falls Beginner 3.5 miles of gentle, paved trails and 6 miles of unpaved trails can be linked together for a longer ride. 9.5 Paved and Trail
Pedernales Falls Beginner-Intermediate Mountain-biking trails pass through hills dotted with oak and juniper and offer access to heavily-wooded areas. 20 Trail
South Llano River Beginner Approximately 25 miles of easy trails are available for mountain biking.  25 Trail

Panhandle Plains (Lubbock, San Angelo, Abilene)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Caprock Canyons Beginner-Advanced Trails range from highly advanced (cliffs and drop-offs) to others with less than 3% grades. 16 Trail
Caprock Canyons Trailway Beginner-Intermediate The rail-to-trail facility  is mostly unpaved and flat; ideal for a mountain bike or hybrid bike. 64 Trail
Copper Breaks Intermediate Terrain varies, with some rough ground, creek crossings and tough climbs. Big Loop Trail cuts through rugged badlands that will take your breath away. 9.5 Trail
Fort Richardson - Lost Creek Reservoir Trailway Beginner-Intermediate The 10-mile multi-use trail is suitable for all types of riders. It follows scenic Lost Creek and travels the east side of Lake Jacksboro and Lost Creek Reservoir, crossing the dam and winding along the west side until the trail head. Trail heads are at Fort Richardson and on Lost Creek Reservoir. 10 Trail
Palo Duro Canyon Beginner-Advanced Ride the 15-mile “Palo Duro Canyon Cruise” on paved roads, starting at the park entrance and continuing downhill toward the canyon. Coming back up is very steep; consider leaving a vehicle at the canyon end in case you choose not to bike up the hill. Ten miles of unpaved trails in the park offer easier riding.
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25 Paved and Trail
San Angelo Beginner-Advanced Over 50 miles of multi-use trails are available for riders of all experience levels. 50 Trail
Seminole Canyon Beginner-Intermediate 12 miles of multi-use trails range in difficulty from easy to moderately strenuous 12 Trail

Prairies and Lakes (Dallas, Waco, College Station)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Bonham Beginner-Intermediate Ride 8.8 miles of multi-use trails. 8.8 Trail
Cedar Hill Intermediate-Advanced Named for the Dallas Off Road Biking Association (DORBA), this trail was built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Criss-cross over 1200 acres of prime landscape on 15 miles of intense riding. Closed after rainfalls. Call (972) 291-3900 (*2) for current conditions. Rent bikes March-October from Live Adventure Kayaks (214) 284-2097 15 Trail
Cleburne Beginner-Advanced 7 miles of beautiful mountain biking for all experience levels. 7 Trail
Dinosaur Valley Beginner-Intermediate Dip in and out of small valleys, over exposed limestone and past some of the best-preserved dinosaur tracks in the world. 12 Trail
Eisenhower Beginner-Intermediate Approximately 2 miles are beginner level and 2 miles are intermediate (steep grades and rock). 4 (8 miles round-trip) Trail
Fairfield Lake Beginner 20 miles of trails near the lake offer easy, scenic riding. 20 Trail
Fort Parker Beginner A multi-use trail provides 2 miles of easy mountain biking. 2 Trail
Lake Mineral Wells Beginner-Intermediate Suitable for mountain or road bikes. Pass farms and ranches that connect the town of Weatherford to downtown Mineral Wells. 20 Paved
Lake Mineral Wells Trailway Beginner-Intermediate Rail-to-trail facility 21 Paved
Lake Somerville (Birch Creek Unit) Beginner Scenic, easy off-road riding along the lake 6 Trail
Lake Somerville (Nails Creek Unit) Beginner Scenic, easy off-road riding along the lake 4 Trail
Lake Somerville Trailway Beginner-Intermediate The multi-use trail around the west end of the reservoir connects Birch Creek Unit with Nails Creek unit for an easy to moderate mountain biking experience. 13 Trail
Lake Tawakoni Beginner Level with lots of twists and turns. 3 Trail
Meridian Beginner Paved roads. 5 Paved
Palmetto Beginner 5.5 miles of easy riding over crushed rock, bridges, boardwalks and a beautiful wetland. 5.5 Trail
Ray Roberts Lake (Isle Du Bois Unit) Beginner-Intermediate Multi-use trails provide mountain bikers with varied terrain and an easy to moderate experience. 16.5 Tral
Ray Roberts Lake (Johnson Branch Unit) Beginner-Intermediate Seven miles of multi-use trails wind through the park 7 Trail
Ray Roberts Lake - Greenbelt Corridor Beginner This 20-mile multi-use trail system includes 10 miles of hard-surface trail open to hikers and bikers. The trail has three trail heads and meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. 10 Paved

Gulf Coast (Houston, Corpus Christi)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Brazos Bend Beginner-Intermediate 21 miles of easy mountain-biking.
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21 Trail
Galveston Island Beginner Four miles of easy multi-use trails provide mountain-bikers with opportunities to see wildlife and experience ocean views. 4 Trail
Huntsville Beginner-Intermediate All trails are under canopy from tall pine trees. Some trail sections are sandy. 18 Trail
Lake Bob Sandlin Beginner-Intermediate Trails offer eight footbridges and a variety of foliage and wildlife. 5 Trail
Lake Livingston Beginner Five miles of easy trails are available for mountain bikers. 5 Trail
Martin Dies, Jr. Beginner Four miles of trails provide an easy, scenic mountain-biking experience. 4 Trail
Mustang Island Beginner Primarily beach riding. 5 Beach
Stephen F. Austin Beginner Easy hiking and biking trails. Trails are fast, with a few slopes, but not technical. Access primitive fishing and the Brazos River scenic overlook. 6 Trail
Village Creek Beginner-Intermediate Explore heavily forested areas along multi-use trails. 8 Trail

Piney Woods (Tyler)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Martin Creek Lake Beginner-Intermediate The 6-mile mountain-biking trail offers an easy to moderate ride and abundant  wildlife viewing. 6 Trail
Purtis Creek Beginner The 4.3-mile Wolfpen Hike and Bike Trail provides an easy ride and plenty of wildlife viewing. 4.3 Trail
Tyler Beginner-Advanced Ride one of the top destinations in the state, offering challenges for all levels. Pineywoods terrain includes hills, loops and wildlife viewing. 13 Trail

South Texas Plains (Laredo, Brownsville)

Park NameTrail RatingSpecial Trail ConditionsMilesTrail Type
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley Beginner Paved roads are dedicated to biking, hiking and a tram system (no private vehicles). Take an easy ride and get a glimpse of some amazing birds and other wildlife. Bring your own bike or rent one from the visitor center. 4 Paved
Falcon Beginner Three miles of easy hiking/mountain-biking trails provide a complete loop around the park. 3 Trail
Lake Casa Blanca Beginner-Intermediate Four miles of beginner-level to slightly intermediate trails take riders through beautiful and varied landscapes. 4 Trail
Resaca de la Palma Beginner A 3-mile paved loop and 8 miles of additional trails take riders through diverse South Texas habitats. Biking is a great way to view birds and other wildlife in the 1,200-acre park. No private vehicles are allowed past the Visitor Center. Bring your own bike or rent one at the Visitor Center. 11 Paved and Trail

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