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Favorite Short Bike Trails in Texas

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These days, one of the most popular ways of exploring Texas is on two wheels. From mountain trails to lakeside circuits, the state’s panoply of pathways lure road warriors, cruisers and mountain bikers alike. Don some lycra, or just a pair of shorts, and join them on these trails.
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9515 Co Rd 2181D, Tatum, TX 75691, USA
Feel like an off-roader when you traverse this hike-and-bike trail set along the lake inside the Martin Creek Lake State Park. With tall grass, undeveloped woods, and the occasional creek to ford, this relatively flat 6-to-7-mile trail gives...
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21901 FM 762 Rd, Needville, TX 77461, USA
As you cruise the 35-mile trail at Brazos Bend Park keep your eyes open for wildlife: with rabbits, birds, and even alligators who sun themselves on the shore of the lakes, exciting encounters are around every turn. Thanks to an absence of serious...
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11450 State Hwy Park Rd 5, Canyon, TX 79015, USA
Though not near the sea, you’ll pedal toward the “Lighthouse” at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, home to the second largest canyon in the United States. A landscape of colorful rock sheers, abundant cacti, sticky red dirt, and sandy creek beds, the...
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11511 Metric Blvd, Austin, TX 78758, USA
Leave traffic behind when you ramble along the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. A recreational route made for families, this 10-foot wide trail flows for 7.3 easy miles through the Walnut Creek Greenbelt in East Austin. Though close to downtown, it...
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El Paso, TX 79938, USA
Pound the pavement in the sunny Chihuahuan Desert—the largest desert in North America. As you cruise, you’ll whiz through changing landscapes, open desert to craggy mountains, river valleys to plant-carpeted grasslands. You'll also meet an...
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This trek doesn’t even feel like exercise. With the sea’s briny breeze encircling you, white-tipped waves pounding their symphony, dogs carousing with their masters on the beach, and the bikini-clad crowd en masse, the adventure will awaken every...
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8561 Rochelle St, San Antonio, TX 78240, USA
Leave the traffic behind when you pedal on the Salado Creek Greenway. Currently composed of 19 miles of paved trails that connect a number of neighborhoods and parks, the three marked pathways stretch north to south. The first, a 5-mile segment...
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850 Caprock Canyon Park Road, Quitaque, TX 79255, USA
Set in a remote, otherworldly part of West Texas, Caprock Canyons State Park edges the eastern portion of the Llano Estacado plateau. Red-rocked and ravine-filled, the park holds a herd of bison, among other wildlife. For day visitors and...
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7829 FM 205, Bluff Dale, TX 76433, USA
Texans love their ranches—especially when their homestead sports roads ripe for biking. Amid the limestone hills that trace the Paluxy River watershed, not far from Dinosaur Valley State Park, this family-owned ranch still keeps goats behind its...
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789 Park Rd 16, Tyler, TX 75706, USA
Evergreens and hardwood trees form a rooftop that shades this East Texas park, which lies close enough to the DFW Metroplex to bring out the city folk on the weekends. Cool on hot summer days, the hilly trail can nevertheless be exhausting, so...