BLORA - TRAIL

BLORA - Trail, Belton, Texas

9 miles (beginners can opt for as little as 2 miles) of very nice singletrack with some fantastic descents that will guarantee better than 30 mph and much whooping and hollering. This is one of the best undiscovered trails that Austinites should visit and support. The Fort Hood Trailblazers do a fantastic job maintaining and expanding this trail. There are showers at the trailhead, which are mandatory after a summer ride. Fantastic!

User Reviews (20)

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John Myrtle   Cross Country Rider [Aug 13, 2011]

Longbow trail is an awesome ride...turn up the speed a little and it is great workout. Nice couple of climbs on the far side. Rode this trail twice and have seen 1 rider. You can get a 2hr crank picking the right trails. Quite a break from Georgetown rocks. Showers add a nice touch. This one is on my sched monthly.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
bamwa1   Racer [Jun 29, 2010]

Went there early June and had a great time. Don't know why anyone doesn't like it. The map and trail markings were the best I've seen yet (in alphabetical order), and you can cut off trail towards the end and take a dip in the lake. Then after getting hot again on the way back to the car....SHOWERS! We missed the advanced ridge ride cutoff, but that gives us something new to challenge us next time.

Customer Service

Get the map at the paystation and follow the letters clockwise.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
capsaicinoid   Cross Country Rider [Nov 09, 2009]

Honestly, don't waste your time with this place. It was a bad experience from the very moment I gave my money to the apathetic slugs at the front office. Maybe at one point this was a fun trail. I accepted this as a possibility when actual singletrack appeared. A few sections almost bordered on fun. The rest of it is just a mess. Loose rocks and wandering cattle (squish!). If you are going to make the drive up from Austin, you are better off going to Stillhouse Hollow Lake (Dana Peak Park). Or better yet, keep driving and go to WACO!

Customer Service

A left at 190 to Harker Heights (Dana Peak).

Similar Products Used: Dana Peak Park, Cameron Park (Waco), Lake Georgetown.
OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
3
NewMexicoGrayHair   Weekend Warrior [Dec 31, 2007]

Rode this trail today! The end of the year and the weather couldn't have been nicer. The trail is pretty rocky with a fair amount of loose "baby heads" in the trail. I had a good time and would concur that the upper portion is a little tedious. Lots of snaking around and micro switches.
The drop to the lower portion was nice and the transition to the climb also. The climb was mostly a walk for me. The trail is full of loose rocks and maybe a rider with better technique and conditioning could get up those sections. 9 miles exactly on my computer. A good trail.

Customer Service

I followed the large red arrows. After finishing I realized that they are the markers for the race course.

Similar Products Used: New to the area and am unfamiliar with local trails. Any help would be great.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Dec 20, 2007]

this trail is alive and well. 8 miles of intermediate and 2 miles advanced.

most of trail is intermediate over soil and embedded rock with dozens of small rock gardens. there is no elevation gain for 1st half of trail. the 2nd half has real challenges as you descend and ascend bluffs down to lake. as you cut across the grain you will ride loose scree and baby heads. you must be alert or you will end over. coming up to the bluff from lake level to TH is a real grind.

8+ miles. 75% shade. 200' elevation change overall.

the advanced trails off intermediate trails are hump busting grinds. probably take an expert level rider to navigate devil's backbone. even with dismounts , you will be tired.

2+ miles. 90% shade.
+600' elevation change overall


BLORA(Belton Lake Outside Recreation Area) is administered by FT. Hood , US Army. there is signage at TH that tells you what you need to know regarding admission, etc. $3.00 daily . well worth it.

There is a trail map at TH or park office has trail maps. trails are not all marked but there are makers at all junction so you can easily navigate using free trial map.

also BLORA offers all kinds of activities of all varieties. especially if you want to swim or camp. this would be good spot for a family outing including riding.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
TheMachine   Weekend Warrior [Jul 10, 2005]

ATTENTION ALL! BLORA Park administrators are thinking about shutting this trail system down since it has not been maintained in a long while. The Trailblazer Club is no longer I'm afraid and the trails have suffered. I have started doing maintenance a little bit at a time and may have the whole loop done by the end of the year. I NEED HELP! I can only get out there a few hours a week (usually Saturday mornings 7-10am) and the going is pretty slow. I am concentrating on getting the babyheads off the trail as well as cutting the foliage back at the head and derailuer levels. I've worked it out with the management that I don't have to pay for parking and they've given me basically free reign of the course while I am maintaining it. I am sure they'll extend the same curtiousy for you as well. If you are interested in helping please drop me an email. Hell, I'll even take thanks and praise if you can't offer your time.

Customer Service

Stick with the clockwise route for safety, watch out for the occasional cow pattie and watch for cattle grazing at the entrance. Stay home if it is raining as they close the trail. Sections A-D are pretty clear as are some of the sections near the lake. All sections of the main trail are rideable if you have the legs and skills. Having a good shock up front will help you keep your dental work in some sections. Come ride this trail!

Similar Products Used: Stillhouse Lake is an alright trail as long as it is dry. Watch for runners and horses!
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
jhowe007   Cross Country Rider [Mar 30, 2005]

I used to ride this trail frequently. Today (3/30/05) was the first time in 4 years that I hit this trail.... What happened. It seems there hasn't been any maintenance at all in a long time. You can totally get lost in the first section of the trail. Virtually all signs and markers are broken and/or downed. It is easy to get lost in the top section. As mentioned in other reviews, the first part and the last section (Devil's Backbone) are extremely rocky (A bunch of loose rock) which I am not to fond of. I am not sure if the Trail Blaizers still exist...if so, I hope they organize some maintenance soon. As is, it is not that fun as it used to be...they had a NORBA race here 5 years ago...it rocked..sorry only an overall rating of 2!!!

Similar Products Used: Cameron Park; Barton Springs Creek; Rocky Hill Ranch;
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
TaintPretty   Cross Country Rider [Jan 05, 2004]

If climbing and descents on loose rocks the size of golf balls and baseballs is your thing then this is the trail for you! Not me. A suspension seatpost was on my mind as I rode the first few miles in the flat section. In this part the rocks are all planted so momentum is not easy to achieve. Once you start on the hilly section the loose rocks are as fun as climbing in sand. Later on the climbs were great with actual dirt on the climbs! It was okay but I’ll have to give it three just to counter those that gave this place a 5. Fun yes, but not a 5.

Customer Service

The red arrows, there is no shortage of these along the way and extremely easy to follow.

Similar Products Used: Cameron Park in Waco or Austin trails.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
JP   Cross Country Rider [Dec 29, 2003]

Pretty interesting trail to say the least. First half is a lot of quick back and forths over a lot of rough/loose rocks and loose dirt. I got real tired of the short straights and then another tight turn over and over again. Did I mention the rocks? The minefield area really just jars you around and makes for an unpleasant feeling in your seat! My hands tingled for the longest time after this ride! The second half was very different than the first-somewhat similar to St. Eds park along the fence route. Up and down the hills with descents over loose soil and more rocks! There are a couple of uphills that really get the chest pumping, but most climbs were frustrating due to the lack of traction more than anything. I will go back and ride there again. It was a different experience than what I am used to. I would have enjoyed it more if there were more longer, faster sections with firmer soils, but in all, it was a decent ride!

Customer Service

Follow the red arrows. Clearly marked. Bring your allergy meds! Tons of cedar trees to make your eyes water!

Similar Products Used: BC Greenbelt, Walnut Creek, just any good ride!
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
atorrini   Racer [Dec 25, 2003]

It's a pretty entertaining set of trails. The initial section is flat and winding through the trees; the main challenge is that there’s plenty of rocky sections, not really technical, but big enough not to allow a nice steady rhythm with 2-wheel drifts. The second part is much more difficult, although not as technical as implied in other reviews. The descents don’t really have any big drops or very steep inclines and the main issues is that there are lots of lose rocks. The climbs are tough, but neither overly technical nor too steep. I could clear everything in the mid chain ring. Again the main issue is that there’s not a lot of traction. I didn’t have any trouble following the markers and knowing where I was, but the trails could certainly use some maintenance. Overall it a nice and different trail to ride on, but not the best in Central Texas.

Customer Service

FOllow the orange signs.

Similar Products Used: Nothing really close.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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