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Biking in Texas State Parks
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Pedernales Falls State Park is known for, you guessed it, the waterfalls. But mountain bikers are discovering that the park has some great biking trails in addition to the falls. Take a tour on two wheels to a fairly remote part this Hill Country gem.
If you are looking for true mountain biking in Texas, check out Franklin Mountains State Park right in the heart of El Paso. From easy going jeep roads to technical and steep single track, this amazing park has something for any type of mountain biker. Get details on biking trails across Texas state parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/parks/things-to-do/biking-in-state-parks
Load up the bikes as we try out some of the newest mountain bike trails at Colorado Bend State Park. Park info at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/colorado_bend/
Get your helmet and ride! Head out with park ranger David Heinicke at Brazos Bend State Park near Houston. A park with miles and miles of trails with something for any rider, including alligators! More on biking in state parks at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/activities/outdoor_recreation/bike/ This story will run on Texas Parks and Wildlife Television the week of January 1st through the 8th on Texas PBS stations, check your local PBS affiliate for date and time in your area.
Mountain Biking at Big Bend Ranch State Park is not for the faint of heart. The country is rugged and the trails can be challenging, but the opportunities are as boundless as the vistas.
Get a bike's-eye view of the trails at Government Canyon State Natural Area in San Antonio http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/government_canyon/
From peaceful pedals at local parks to epic journeys through rugged landscapes, mountain biking in Texas has it all. Meet one 78-year-old cyclist who proves that off-road riding is fun for all ages. From an upcoming episode of the Texas Parks and Wildlife TV series: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/tv/tvwhere.phtml
[cc] Follow some cyclists who take on the annual "24 Hours in the Canyon" challenge at Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo. They're riding to raise funds and spirits in the fight against cancer. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/palo_duro/
Located south of Fort Worth, Cleburne State Park sits along the banks of a 116-acre spring-fed lake. The park's many trails offer excellent hiking and mountain biking. For more info., see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cleburne/
Just west of Houston, Stephen F. Austin State Park is a perfect getaway from city life. The wooded park, nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, offers hiking, mountain biking, camping and fishing. The park's popular interpretive programs are a great way to get close to nature. For more info., see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/stephen_f_austin_and_san_felipe/
[cc] North of Dallas near the Oklahoma border, Bonham State Park is a small park that packs a lot of nature. The relaxed setting makes it a perfect getaway from city life. Visitors enjoy fishing, paddling, camping, hiking and biking. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/bonham/
San Angelo State Park, at the gateway to west Texas, offers a diversity of plant and animal life where the hill country meets the high plains. The park is home to the official Texas State Longhorn herd, bison, prairie dogs, and prehistoric animal tracks. The robust trail system is a haven for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway is located southeast of Amarillo, where the high plains end in the dramatic red bluffs and canyons of the Caprock escarpment. The park is home to the official Texas bison herd, direct descendants of the last free range southern plains bison. The 64-mile converted railway offers an excellent trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Bastrop State Park, about 30 minutes southeast of Austin, is located in the famous "Lost Pines" area of central Texas. The park offers plenty of shaded hiking trails, a golf course and a paved cycling road that adjoins nearby Buescher State Park. The area is also home to the largest population of the federally endangered Houston Toad. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Convenient to both Houston and Austin, Lake Somerville State Park and Trailway is the perfect place to reconnect with nature. The park has a 13 mile trailway for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Visitors can also swim, paddle, fish, camp and choose among the park's many interpretive programs. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
McKinney Falls State Park is a peaceful getaway within Austin city limits. The park is famous for its limestone falls carved over thousands of years. Visitors enjoy hiking, biking, camping and the convenience of having a park located near a city with so much to offer. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
About 45 minutes west of Fort Worth, Mineral Wells was a world renowned health resort in the 19th century thanks to the well water, which was believed to have curative powers. Today, you can still buy some of the "crazy water" but better yet, why not enjoy a dip at Lake Mineral Wells State Park? The park's 20-mile trailway follows an abandoned rail path, making it a car-free trail for hiking, biking and horseback riding. The park is also popular with rock climbers. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org
Cedar Hill State Park is nature oasis located just 30 minutes from the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. It makes an ideal destination for city dwellers who want to enjoy the great outdoors without spending a lot of time driving. The park sits along the Joe Pool reservoir, making it a great spot for fishing, swimming, picnicking and camping. There is also a marina for boating and supplies. The park's Penn Farm Agricultural Center features historic farm buildings and guided and self-guided tours. The Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association (DORBA) maintains 1200 acres of prime mountain bike trails. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
Contestants test their skill and endurance in a non-stop adventure race in Tyler State Park that involves mountain biking, trail running, paddling and some mystery events. For more information on adventure racing, visit http://www.steelsports.net
Davis Mountains State Park provides panoramic views of west Texas. At a mile above sea level, the park enjoys moderate temperatures with little humidity. The park's recently remodeled Indian Lodge is a pueblo style hotel built in 1937 that still retains its old world charm. Visitors to the park enjoy hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and camping under the big Texas sky. For more information, visit www.LifesBetterOutside.org.
While much of Bastrop County was engulfed in wildfire, nearby Buescher State Park was left unscathed. With wildfire under control, the park is back open for business. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/buescher/
Outside of Bandera, just 45 miles from San Antonio, Hill Country State Natural Area seems much further from civilization than it really is. The unspoiled vistas and challening terrain draw hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian trail riders alike. For more information, visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/hill_country/
The new year brings a lot of new year's resolutions and usually at the top of the list is to get more exercise. Well one man puts us all to shame with commitment to stay fit through mountain biking. At nearly 80 years old, Fred Schmid is not only exercising, he's competing and winning! Texas Parks and Wildlife has this report on February's outdoor activity of the month, biking in state parks. Fred Schmid has taken up a new type of bike racing—cyclecross- biking in snow and winning the national championship in January. For more information on biking in Texas, visit www.texasstateparks.org/biking The next big park biking event is Bike Fest in Big Bend State Park February 14-16.
Just minutes away from Dallas, Cedar Hill State Park has a set of trails fit for all levels of mountain bikers. For more information, visit: http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/cedar-hill
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