If you are looking for the best trails to visit this year in Texas, there are several great options. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to scenery and trail length, but the following trails are some top picks from previous riders:
1. Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway
If you’re looking for a trail ride to span several days and several counties, Caprock Canyons State Park Trailway is a good choice. It is located east of Tulia and west of Childress. At just shy of 65 miles in length, this trail takes you through some diverse scenery and one of the last remaining railroad tunnels in Texas. You are free to camp anywhere along the trail and will have to pay a small admission fee.
2. Trinity River Trails
The Trinity River Trails wind through the city of Fort Worth, and they are ideal for people who prefer a city setting for riding. The nearly 48 miles of trails link several sites, such as the Botanical Gardens and the Stockyards.
3. Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway
Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway is a mixture of asphalt and crushed limestone surfaces, and it spans two counties. There are 16 bridges over the span of the trail’s 20-mile length. The flat surface, shade and mild curves make it a great choice for beginners.
4. Wichita River Trail
This trail is nearly 15 miles long and is made of concrete. It winds with the Wichita River through brushy plains, alongside waterfalls, through well-landscaped park areas, and through shaded areas. It is accessible from several major highways that connect with Wichita Falls. The Wichita River Trail is also a good place to see wildlife.
5. Trail de Paris
The Trail de Paris will take you along six asphalted miles of beautiful shade trees, over several bridges and to an old railroad crossing. If you are looking for an easy and leisurely ride with a shorter total distance, this is the perfect choice. There are benches and viewing areas to stop along the way.
6. Chaparral Rail Trail
For the more adventurous rider, Chaparral Rail Trail provides over 35 miles of crushed rock trail and plenty of shade. At one end of the trail is the historic Onion Shed. The trail goes through Farmersville and out into the remote countryside to connect four counties. It ends near Pecan Gap.
These are just a few of the many scenic trails in the great state of Texas. If you want to visit trails in other areas, make sure they are suitable for your needs and the needs of riders accompanying you.
Looking for more cool trails in our great state? Check out our Pinterest board with a number of other neat places to visit!
Did we miss your favorite trail? Let us know in the comments! We’re always looking for a great place to ride.