Top 5 bike trails in Texas

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Texas bike trails are varied in their appeal.

Whether biking is your thing, or you just want it to become your thing, Texas offers a number of first-rate trails for veterans and beginners alike. From paved road courses for novices to tough mountain trails for experienced pedalers, there is a course for everyone. Here are some consensus top trails for all types of riders.

5 – Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park features paved roads set aside for biking and hiking. No private vehicles are allowed in the park, so you won’t have to dodge pesky motorists as you get your legs beneath you. Keep your eyes open for birds and other wildlife.

4 – Trail de Paris in Paris, TX, has more going for it than just the name. You’ll find great cross-country trails among its 5.9 miles. Some are suitable for beginners; others can challenge more skilled riders.

3 – Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort offers 28 miles of single-track riding. Those who manage the uphill climbs and long downhill sessions rave about spectacular views. The terrain is rocky, and there are several creek crossings – mostly dry during the summer. Bonus: A mechanic stand at the trail head.

2 – Walnut Creek Trail in Austin is considered a top trail year-round and features single and double tracks and a jeep road. There are lots of twists and turns, sometimes through narrow gaps in the trees, and a number of creek crossings. Luckily, the trails on the 15-mile run are well-marked. One warning: It is popular and can get crowded.

And the No. 1 bike trail in Texas … Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon. This includes about 26 miles of single-track trail through the canyon with features including drop-offs, dirt and rock surfaces, five trail heads and alternative trail accesses, climbs, and more. It includes RV and tent sites, so plan to stay awhile.

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