Lake Georgetown
Lake Georgetown is a manmade reservoir on the North Fork of the San Gabriel River just outside of Georgetown, Texas in Williamson county, north of Austin on I-35. Circling the reservoir is the Goodwater Trail; twenty eight miles of dirt and rock trail that provide a challenging days mountain bike ride. There's not a lot of climbing, but there are some rocky sections that are quite technical; a beginner would walk them and an advanced rider would be challenged, most of the trail is dirt with scattered rocks. It will take a good part of the day to ride the entire loop. There is free parking for bikers outside the parks main gates, we parked outside the Cedar Breaks Park gate, the closest access to I-35, and started our ride from there, across the North San Gabriel Dam and counterclockwise around the lake. It can get hot, but you can get water at the parks and campgrounds as you ride through. The Austin Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club has done a lot of work to make the Goodwater Trail rideable for mountain bikers, the trail is also popular with hikers.

Cedar Breaks free parking areaLake Georgetown from the North San Gabriel DamSan Gabriel River plaque at the Overlook TrailheadGoodwater Trail in Overlook ParkGoodwater TrailRocky section of Goodwater Trail in Overlook ParkSection of trail in a cedar thicketWooded section of trail between Overlook Park and the Jim Hogg TrailheadThe trail winds through the cactus and into the woodsOpen section of trail near Mile Marker 22The trail passes through a dry marshA wooded section of trail in Jim Hogg ParkA rough, rocky trail sectionRock ledge drops off onto a rocky trailTechnical rock section of Goodwater TrailSlickrock trail sectionSection of trail near Mile Marker 20Dry marsh area near Mile Marker 19Singletrack through a Lake Georgetown hollowSingletrack near Mile Marker 19

Lake Georgetown/Goodwater Park Trail Map

Goodwater Trail Topo Map
Pace Bend
Pace Bend County Park is located in Spicewood, Texas in Travis County, about thirty miles west of Austin on the shores of Lake Travis. There are probably about fifteen miles of trails, the Austin Ridge Riders are adding more all the time. The trails range from fast single and doubletrack to technical rocky sections and rock ledges along with a few manmade trail features. Conditions can range from too wet and muddy to ride to dry and dusty. By riding different variations of the trail loops, it's easy to get a full day's riding in. There is a day use fee, camping only costs a bit more, making Pace Bend an ideal spot for a weekend camping/biking/swimming trip.

Early morning singletrack at Pace Bend State ParkCool morning on the trailLimestone rock and dirt trail sectionSingletrack through a cedar scrub forestWell Worth It trailheadPace Bend trail featureA rocky technical section of singletrackGreen Texas Hill Country singletrackCool, shady singletrackPace Bend Park trailCedar thicket trailAnother section of limestone rocksCedar trees, cactus and grass in Central TexasA bluebonnet, the Texas state flowerSunny Pace Bend singletrackCentral Texas hill country trail in Pace Bend ParkStraddle Yer Saddle trail, no doubt you're in Texas

Official Trail Map

Austin Ridge Riders Trail Map
Reville Peak Ranch
Reville Peak Ranch is a 1300 acre private ranch outside of Burnet, Texas in Burnet County, a little over an hour's drive northwest of Austin. There are over sixty miles of jeep roads and awesome single and doubletrack trails. The riding ranges from easy jeep roads and singletrack to very difficult, rocky and steep advanced trails. Most of the rocks in Texas Hill Country are slippery limestone, the rocks at Reville Peak Ranch are grippy granite, the closest thing to slickrock outside of Utah. You have to be on your game for the more challenging trails, falling on a pile of rocks usually leaves a mark. Reville Peak Ranch hosts a number of athletic competitions including bike and running races, they have a pump track and Super D course as well. There are campsites, two lakes for swimming and fishing, a pavilion and clean restrooms with showers. RPR has a $10 day use fee, camping is a $10 per night, but worth it for a weekend of great riding. The ranch is open to the public on Friday through Sunday, but we called in advance and they let us ride on weekdays. Reville Peak Ranch is easily our favorite mountain biking spot in Hill Country, great riding and facilities and the staff are super friendly and helpful.

Dawn patrol at Reville Peak RanchValet parking at Reville Peak RanchA rock chute on RPR TrailEarly morning on RPR TrailA thicket of cedar trees on RPR TrailEarly morning at the fence gateWinter morning on the RPR TrailSingletrack winding through the cactus on RPR TrailHeaded up the Race Loop TrailDeer hunting standCentral Texas hill countryRugged Texas hill country at Reville Peak RanchA trail winding through the woods below a rock ledgeGreetings from Reville Peak RanchThe abundant cactus is the main source of flat tiresRocky section of trailCattle gateSlickrock, Texas ranch styleNarrow rock passageWide open spacesMidwinter trail conditionsWindmill and water storage tankDecision PointReflectors mark the trail over the slickrockThe ranch locals are curious and mosey over to say helloThe singletrack winds through the rocksPlenty of prickly pear cactus at Reville Peak RanchWelcome mountain bikers to RPRMost of the trails are marked with signsThere are a lot of rocks in this part of Texas, this is a vein of rose quartzA section of the Race Loop TrailA nice section of singletrackQuarry LakeA rock ledge on this section of singletrackSlickrock creek crossingSlickrock and sand at Reville Peak Ranch

Reville Peak Ranch Trail Map
Walnut Creek
Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is located at 12138 N. Lamar Blvd. in Austin, TX. If you are an Austin mountain biker, you will be riding "The Nut" sooner or later. There are about twelve miles of winding trails with a few creek crossings thrown in that wind around the 293 acre park. There are a few harder trail sections, including some rooty drops, but the trails are mostly hard packed and smooth beginner to intermediate riding. Walnut Creek is unrideable when it is wet and muddy, riding when it is muddy will damage the trails. Walnut Creek is a heavily used multi-use public park; you will almost certainly encounter other bike riders, hikers and dog walkers, especially on weekends. Bicycle riding is very popular in the fast growing city of Austin, mountain bikers are fortunate to have a spot within city limits to get out and ride.

Point Six LoopWalnut CreekSteep root dropNearly dry Walnut CreekWalnut Creek Park trailThis looks like fun-Endo ValleyWalnut Creek Park singletrackEndo Valley trail linesWaterfall trailAustin, Texas mudSteep, high cliffs along Walnut CreekSevere Consequences Loop Trail markerSevere Consequences Trail singletrackRoot drop on the Severe Consequences Loop trailCreek crossingWalnut Creek ParkWells Branch Creek

Walnut Creek Trail Map

There are plenty of other places for mountain bike riding in Central Texas, unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to check them all out. There's the popular Barton Creek Greenbelt and Emma Long/City Park in Austin, Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Flat Rock Ranch in Comfort, Muleshoe Bend in Spicewood and Reimer's Ranch in Dripping Springs as well as many other spots to ride.

Austin Ridge Riders MTB Club

Bike Mojo