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Biking in Texas

Did you and your family make a commitment to be healthier and more active this year? Well- you are in luck. This month’s Outdoor Activity of the Month is – Biking! So step out your front door, strap on your helmet and start pedaling. In addition to the miles of bike paths in the cities, most local, state and national parks also offer hundreds of miles of bike trails that range from easy to extreme.

When biking with your family, make sure you choose a trail that is right for your skill level, take snacks and water, wear your helmet and make sure to take plenty of breaks at points of interest. Meandering along a bike path is a great way to explore in nature and see things from a different perspective.

Here are some recommended bike paths or trails around the state that range from beginner to extreme:

San Antonio River Trail- 15 miles of biking and walking trail that travels along the river to the San Antonio Missions. (San Antonio, TX) Easy.

Ana and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trails at Lady Bird Lake- 10.5 miles of biking and walking trails on a crushed grant surface. (Austin, TX) Easy

Buffalo Bayou Hiking and Biking Trails- Follows the Bayou through the city to link many of the parks and nature centers along the way. (Houston, TX) Easy

Mountain Biking at Buescher State Park and Rocky Hill Ranch- Both sights offer mountain biking trails that flow through the pine and oak hills of Smithville. Buescher’s trails are more family friendly, and Rocky Hill offers a more advanced levels ride. Moderate to hard. (Smithville, TX)

DORBA Trail at Cedar Hill State Park- 15 miles of intense mountain biking that rolls through wooded loops. Moderate to hard. (Grand Prairie, TX)

Trinity River Trails- Easy biking and walking trails that link together many of Fort Worth’s parks and open spaces. Easy. (Fort Worth, TX )

Caprock Canyon State Park and Trailway- About 90 miles of multi-use trails that offer commanding vistas, drop of cliffs and roll along canyon walls. Advanced with some family friendly trails. (Quitaque, TX)