River Legacy Park - Trail, Arlington, Texas

River Legacy Park - Trail, Arlington, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Mostly beginner with a few intermediate sections. The trail is a very fun, well kept trail. It's roughly about 10.2 miles in length and it rides fast once you get the hang of it. It's a fairly new trail, so new obsticals are being added weekly by dorba.org or local riders http://www.facebook.com/groups/159971006899/. It's a great workout with a little adventure as well.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 30, 2013]
Glenn Showers
Cross Country Rider

2013 TRAIL UPDATE: Contrary to the previously posted trail descriptions, this trail is now 10.2 miles. With two trail ratings (Blue and Red) it is compatible with both beginner and seasoned riders. Following the blue arrows provides a great cross country experience with only nominal challenges and always a bypass for anything a beginner rider might find beyond their skills. The optional red trails (EKG, Roller Coaster, and Fun Town) offer significantly more challenging features. EKG in particular, is aptly named for the cardio workout you will endure while traversing it. Home to the River Legacy River Rats (join our Facebook page), this trail is very well maintained and uniquely located in a wilderness area located in the middle of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This trail is a popular skills builder but is also popular for more advanced riders looking for excellent cross country "speed and flow". The advanced sections like EKG draw recreational and race oriented riders seeking a serious workout and training opportunity. Come out and check out this trail, I promise you will return time and again.

Similar Trail: Cedar Hill State Park

Customer Service

Blue Route for beginners and those looking to develop their basic skills
Red Route for more advanced riders looking for challenging features and a cardio workout.

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Hill State Park Trail
Boulder Trail
Sansom Trail
North Shore

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 25, 2012]
Julio
Weekend Warrior

Great trails and very well maintained. One of the best places to ride in the whole Metroplex!!! It's a fun course with some beautiful scenery. I would call it intermediate with beginner routes too. It goes for miles and especially if you know how to get to the outer loops. I recommend riding with someone who knows the trails in order to learn them first.

Customer Service

Anything will fire you right up.

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Hill DORBA Trails.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Aug 15, 2011]
TrailSteward
Cross Country Rider

As one of the Trail Stewards for this Trail; I was shocked at how dated and misinformed many of the previous reviews were. So let me set the record straight on several points. The trail has not been 3.2 miles for several years. It is now 7.4 miles when all loops are covered. The signs warning of fines for riding in unauthorized areas do not include the designated mountain bike trail and never have. The trailhead includes a designated biker entrance and exit, as well as ample parking. This Trail has been built and maintained by volunteers from DORBA (Dallas Off Road Bicycling Association) and more specifically a volunteer group called the “River Legacy River Rats”. The trail is noted by the local riders as being fast with excellent flow. In recent years, challenge areas such as "EKG",P2 and Fun Town" have been added to provide more skilled riders with something to think about. However, the trail is intended (by the city of Arlington and DORBA) to provide an opportunity for the relatively new rider to hone their skills, and as such, all challenge areas and most other trail "features" have bypasses that allow a new rider to enjoy the trail without the higher skills.
The trail wanders through a wetlands area, native prairie, river basin and a number of roller sections.
Located right in the middle of Dallas/Fort Worth it is a unique experience for riders who need a quick after work fix, some speed training or just a place for a family off road experience. No, it’s not Moab, or SoCal, or Northshore... it is simply a well laid, well maintained jewel of a trail in a very unlikely place. Come check out River Legacy and I think you will want to come back.
Visit our "River Legacy River Rats" facebook page for more updates on the trail.

Customer Service

The trail features two trail designations. Blue arrows indicate a trail that most riders should be able to navigate with nominal skills.
Red Arrows designate trail loops that require proportionatly higher skills and includes large drops, ladder bridges, rapid roller sections, and moderater climbs.
We encourage all riders to examine red zone features prior to riding them if they are uncertain of their skill levels.

Similar Products Used:

Big Cedar
Cedar Hill State Park
Boulder
Northshore
Sansom

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Apr 04, 2009]
toroytorero
Cross Country Rider

Short quick ride

Customer Service

This place is 100% better than it was in 04. Nothing epic, but epically better than before.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 28, 2007]
ginzu
Cross Country Rider

I am new to the area and live in Arlington so the trail is what is nearby. I am spoiled on having ridden in Nor Cal and So Cal. But I am from Houston where the elevation is only negative :P (We bayou bike)

RLP is well taken care of, but it is a mixed use trail, at least there are no horses! But there are hikers (always smile and be courteous, they expect the worst from you, surprise them with a smile) and often dogs, and seems like every other time I end up with dog crap on my tires and sometimes on me! Please curb your dogs when its on the trail!!!

Could be better marked. It is unidirectional, at the trail head you follow the sign, if you go straight instead of right, and if you go left later on, where there is a dip, you will have some fun rolling and somewhat technical trails and often less populated. I am pretty sure it is a legal part of the trail, I don't see a sign either way, and I see enough people out there that I think it's ok.

Remember the trail does have a directionality, I believe it puts the hikers in the opposite direction so we see each other. But if your going the wrong way, believe me, some one will tell you!

It is not a trail I would go out of my way for, but if it is close to you, it is not awful, my only real complaint is there is not anything with extended climbing. Other wise there is enough technical and fast loops to keep your chops up during the week for your weekend ride elsewhere. Also if you are new, or taking someone who is it is a great place to start.

If you are new you might want to print a Google map so you have some reference points, but the park is not that big that you could get lost for very long and most folks are friendly.

In the spring you very well may see a snake. I've sen possums, "wildcats", and stray dogs. The stray dogs are discovered quickly and taken away.

I don't know about crime, but I have heard second and third hand accounts of cars being broken into, so park smart, and secure your stuff.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jan 23, 2007]
Alt
Weekend Warrior

Trail is a nice little escape after work. Nothing too technical or gnarly, but enough to get a nice little workout. The beginning of the trail is the most fun as there are several dips and dives. Middle thirds of the trail is pretty tame, and the final thirds is, as mentioned above, in and out of the trees. When it rains, trail takes ages to dry out, but when dry, is pretty fast.

Customer Service

clockwise is the recommended route, but hey, wanna play chicken, ride it counter.

Similar Products Used:

Sansom Park in Fort Worth

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 05, 2006]
Matt
Weekend Warrior

Well Unless you are ready to get a ticket from Arlington's finest, I would not suggest trying this trail. In the spring of 2005 the city passed a law that said anyone caught riding off of the paved trail will get fined. So beware. Where else is there a good dirt trail in Arlington, I have yet to find one.

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Hill State Park

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Sep 17, 2004]
jkitch
Cross Country Rider

This is a good trail for beginners or if you just want to get out and enjoy a fast winding track. Mostly flat with lots of twists and turns

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 09, 2004]
waycoolwoody
Cross Country Rider

This trail was so much better before. Back in the 90's there were miles and miles of trails. There were 3 different BMX jump areas it was great until the city of Arlington stepped in and shut it down. I guess they'd rather have kids at home getting stoned and playing video games than out exercising. I used to ride there everyday at least 10 miles it was great. I went back a few months ago and it was so lame I was embarrassed to take my friend who had never MT Biked before. I guess it's good for old people and little kids w/ training wheels now but it sucks for anyone who is a semi-serious biker and remembers the old days. I was out there once and ran into a guy that was yelling for help cause he was lost. Saw a huge Armadillo too. You used to be able to go way back in the woods and there were steep runs and a lot of technical stuff. Now all the old trails are blocked off. :(

Customer Service

Pull into park make U turn and go somewhere else.

Similar Products Used:

Cedar Hill State Park

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 17, 2004]
gregmc
Weekend Warrior

This is a desent trail close to the house. nice work-out with nothing really technical just don't hit the trees. The first time I rode there I saw a bobcat...I swear.

Customer Service

One way loop

Similar Products Used:

cedar hill, windmill park

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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