The arrival of fall in the Lone Star State brings both good news (Football!) and bad (back to school). Falling in the former category, and maybe most importantly, fall means cooler temperatures! And what better way to spend a breezy autumn afternoon than working up a sweat on one of the many bike trails Texas has to offer? With that in mind, here’s a list of some of the best bike trails in the state.
White Rock Lake Park Loop Trail – Dallas
White Rock Lake Trail has long been a favorite of Dallasites and for good reason! Circling all around scenic White Rock Lake, this trail boasts stunning views of the city skyline as well as more secluded spots hidden among the trees. This paved trail is equally suited for speed-demons and families looking to get a little exercise. All this is located in the heart of a booming metropolis – what’s not to love?
Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway
Most of the terrain on the mountain trails at Caprock Canyons State Park isn’t for the faint of heart, as it can include, “cliffs and drop-offs, with steep climbs and descents.” But with 13 different trails of varying difficulty levels, less experienced riders are likely to find something to meet their interests as well. Located several hours from most of the state’s major cities, means that getting to Caprock Canyons may take some time, but it’s worth it to be able to see the park’s magnificent rock formations and maybe a buffalo or two.
Barton Creek Greenbelt – Austin
Adventure-seeking Austinites head to the Barton Creek Greenbelt in droves for a chance to hike and bike some of the state’s most scenic trails. Unlike most urban trails, the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers much more than a path of sidewalk – it’s a veritable oasis in the middle of Austin! Whether you’re interested in mountain biking, hiking, or climbing the limestone cliffs, there’s sure to be something for you. And after a long afternoon on the paths, you can cool down in a natural swimming hole!
Leon Creek Greenway – San Antonio
San Antonio’s Leon Creek Greenway is a popular spot for families to spend their fall afternoons. With over 13 miles of paved trails looking out on an array of scenery – including fields of wildflowers – the Leon Creek Greenway is sure to please every visitor.
Bike Trails at Big Bend Ranch State Park – Presidio
For those adventurers willing to make the trek out to far West Texas, the bike trails at Big Bend Ranch State Park can be a truly rewarding experience. With total trail distance measuring at a whopping 238 miles, there is plenty here to keep anyone occupied for days. And with scenery like this, you’ll probably want to stay all week!