Belton Lake (BLORA) - TRAIL

Belton Lake (BLORA) - Trail, Belton, Texas


This trail is alive and kicking.

located at BLORA (Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area) on the south shore of Lake Belton. BLORA is owned and operated by Ft. Hood., US Army.

they have built an extensive single track trail system over limestone bluffs running down to lake and back up.

8 miles of ST twisting , winding intermediate.
2+ miles of tuff, grinding advanced
4 miles of beginner.
80-85% shade
+/- 600' elevation change if all trails ridden

the advanced trails really require technically and aerobicaly accomplished riders to complete w/o dismounting or pushing.

map at TH. trail maps located at park office. $3.00 day use fee. well worth it.

also lots of facilities at BLORA for swimming , picnicing,etc.

User Reviews (7)

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Clifford Barbutis   Weekend Warrior [Jul 31, 2015]

Awesome course ! First time out there but, it wont be the last. Lots of challenges . Plenty of shade however you better pack plenty of water .

Customer Service

Personally, intermediate and advance. Im a adrenaline junkie. The back side of the course is what gets you lol.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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4
gene ficker   Weekend Warrior [Oct 26, 2014]

Trails
was fun, needs to have better markings to the map, would go again

Customer Service

All was fun

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
keithrad   Cross Country Rider [Oct 22, 2014]

Rode out here yesterday for the first time, and its been a while since a review was left for this trail so here ya go! I did not have a trail map with me but started on the blue trail. I made the mistake of taking the first red / difficult line going down a rocky, limestone water runoff chute. It was super fun and moderately technical that kept me focused, but it pretty much shot me down to the bottom of the hill. I realized I missed the main trail, so I worked my way back up. I came up some other red trail (?) that looked to have not been ridden in a good while as it had several downed trees which I cleaned up best I could making it passable for the next riders. This trail I had to push alot, it was super rocky and a pretty hard grade in places. Got back to the trailhead with 3.45 miles on my computer. Restarted the trail and this time I kept to the blue markers.

I loved the blue intermediate trail as it twisted along through the trees and over embedded rock to give just enough obstacles to keep it fun, but still be able to keep up a decent pace! There were only a few places where the trail bifurcated and I had to guess which way to go, but I managed to get it right. Again I encountered some downed trees / limbs etc. along the trail making parts impassable, so I cleared them out. ( been a couple of hard summers here I know) Probably a good 4-5 miles of this type of trail up on top of the hill before it points down. Then there's a fun little rocky limestone downhill that heads down to the lake. Once at the bottom it sort of winds around cedars on hard packed dirt. Then comes the climb back out. It's laid out nicely in that a good portion of it is a nice easy grade. Still rocky but very doable. The last 1/4 - 1/2 mile section is where it gets steep. It gets progressively harder till you make it out. I did not clean the last climbing section, but made it about 80% of the way. It gets pretty loose and rocky at the top and I'm not a strong climber.
I really enjoyed this trail and will be back soon and bring my wife. I did run across a deer blind tent, and later a truck with 3-4 hunters unpacking their gear (bows). This is October and I don't know when bow season starts but was glad I was wearing my safety orange riding shirt!

Customer Service

Hit the blue intermediate trail. Then go back and take some of the reds if you have enough left in you!

Similar Products Used: Dana Peak to Stillhouse Hollow. Lake Georgetown
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
soccerdude   Weekend Warrior [Jun 21, 2009]

I first rode the BLORA trail about 6 weeks ago and loved it so much we've made the trip from Houston 3 more times since. And not just because of the bike trail. BLORA has everything. Horseback riding, waterslides, hiking trails, paintball course, paddleboats, jet ski/boat rentals, camping/RV areas, and a great swimming area at the lake with lots of lifeguards. The trail can be rode by a beginner but can also pose a serious challenge to advanced riders. The first 4 miles of the intermediate trail is mostly flat with lots of rocks and a few climbs. The last 4 miles contain more rocks with some serious climbs. The last two climbs up Sparta Mountain will drain you completely. Bring lots of water plus a few energy bars and save your strength for the last mile and a half. The beginners trail is about 4 miles long and can be rode by most anyones. The scenery is great especially the views of the lake while on top of the ridge or mountain.

Similar Products Used: Cameron Park, Anything in Austin,TX
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
HaromanR5   Weekend Warrior [Jul 18, 2008]

Trail Bio says it all. This is a Gem in the Heart of Texas! Technical and fun. I rode July 10th around 3 on a Hot Texas day. Shade was great,trail was smooth and I was solo the entire time. I hope the locals realize what they have and ride it. Bring yor Camelbak...I drank 3 liters in 2 hours. I'll be back next year...God Bless Texas Met some riders out at Dana Peak Park on Sunday, great guys and thanks for serving our country!

Similar Products Used: Dana Peak Park if it is open.
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
tmtb4fun   Weekend Warrior [Jun 03, 2008]

The previous review pretty much sums it up well. You should definitely save your energy the first half of the trail because you will need much to make it back up to the bluff. It takes me about 1.5 hours to complete the entire track with one break just before the uphills.

Similar Products Used: Dana Peak at Stillhouse Lake
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Ed Gilbert   Weekend Warrior [Dec 30, 2007]

it's nice, however it's easy to get lost! you got to ride it
a few times to know the trails. it's also very bumpy in some areas
so be careful..

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Dec 21, 2007]

great trail system.

intermediate is 8 miles of twisting , winding ST on bluff above lake. 1st half pretty level and smooth except for numerous rock gardens that challenge technically.

when you drop down off bluff to lake level, there are real challenges due to steepness of slop, loose scree and baby heads.

there are several miles of advanced trials that are aerobically and technically challenging.

"devils backbone" has a wicked line with tuff switchback rendering it an expert ride.

the climb back up to bluff will exhaust anyone.

i am not quite sure why this gets no press , because i found it to be one of the better trials in texas, considering length, challenges and flow.

i guess TBK gets a bum rap form hipsters in austin.

it left me satisfied.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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