Bonham State Park - TRAIL

Bonham State Park - Trail, Bonham, Texas

The trail is twisty through mostly pine/cedar wooded area with some open field sections. The terrain is mostly rolling type hills only one short steep climb. Technical it is not that hard, but it does have a few drop-offs, small logs to hop over to make it fun.

User Reviews (10)

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Jason M.   Weekend Warrior [Dec 16, 2005]

My guess is that this trail has come a long way since the last reviews posted on MTB review. DORBA has now adopted this trail and is very involved in its maintenance. When I rode the trail, it was well maintained. It was not overgrown, as previous reviewers had stated. It also appeared that the trail has been worked on recently with evidence of erosion repair. I am sure the problems listed in the past reviews have been corrected with DORBA helping maintain the trail. This trail is a beginner to intermediate level. It is challenging enough to be a good ride for people of any skill set. It is easy enough that you should be able to take a beginner here, while it is challenging enough for an advanced rider to be entertained. The best way I could describe this trail is if you mixed the challenging and hilly Tyler State Park with the not so challenging and flat Knob Hill in Grapevine, you would have a trail similar to this. It is more or less rolling hills with more change in elevation than you typically find in the city. However, the change in elevation is less than in Tyler. There is enough to get your heart rate elevated while going up hills, while providing some good speed on the downhills. It is also nicer scenery than you typically get in Dallas. At times, the downhills reminded me of a tamer version of Tyler. The flats and rolling hills were similar to Knob Hill. This trail is probably between 9 to 11 miles long. It is tough to say how much exactly because it can become a maze at times. But don’t worry about getting lost. The main trail is well marked, and you are never far from a park road. There appears to be a lot of side trails to explore if you have the time or inclination. Overall, this trail is a pleasant surprise. If you need a break from the super technical trails, or are a beginner wanting to ride a more intermediate level trail, this is the place for you. I think you will be surprised how much fun this under-rated trail is.

Customer Service

Try it all, and don't worry about getting lost. Try to stay on the M trails and avoid the A’s. The A’s are typically bailouts and shortcuts. The M’s are the main trails and will give you the best ride. Plan to get turned around a bit since there are plenty of side trails.

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4
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3
Geoffrey C. Rogers   [Oct 29, 1998]

This is one of those big smile trails. Its just a blast. Why? Because it feels like it goes down hill all of the time. Yes you do climb, but the downhills make you foregot about all of the climbing that you did.

Customer Service

There are many different routes that you can take. The trail is well mark. The only thing I may change is in the first section. I do it straigth ot m1 to a1 to a2 and then back to m1. Sections 2 and 3 I just follow the main routes.

Similar Products Used: I try to go to this trail several times a year. It is about an 1.5 hours away from Dallas.
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4
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Mathias Reichenstein   [May 11, 1999]

I rode this trail as a beginner a couple years ago and remebered thinking it was a little challenge for me but that it wouldn't be much fun as I got better. Having gone back as an itermediate rider I have seen how wrong I was. The trail twists just enough to kep you thinking and can offer a great aerobic workout while remaining fun. It is closer than Cedar Hill and Tyler but not quite as challenging. BTW the few times I have been I have yet to see any riders on the trail besides my group. It's a fun one, check it out.

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4
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David Lund   [Jul 08, 1999]

This is a fun trail that is not real technical, but challenging enough to beable to enjoy the trail as an advanced rider. This is the kind of trail that will leave you with a smile.

Customer Service

Ride all three trail sections and try the different routes.

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4
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b-rad   [Nov 20, 1999]

I can't believe I've lived in the metroplex all my life and just now gave this trail a try. Thanks Phattman for recomending it.
This is one of the good time trails. Twists and turns through out the whole network. Some little climbs, some little down hills. It even has a few bumps to catch some air. Beginners and experts should enjoy it equally. It only cost two bucks to ride (hear that Cedar Hill) and has cool places to camp cheap cheap.

Customer Service

Dont use the maps, if you see a trail take it you will eventually get back.

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4
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Kenny Davis   [Feb 20, 2000]

This trail is about a 1 hour drive from Dallas, I will be going back. Its not a real hard to trail to master but it is a fun trail, if your a beginner or even consider yourself advanced and want a nice ride this is a good trail to ride.

Customer Service

Start at the enterance to the park and follow the signs, just rember to pay first.

Similar Products Used: Erwin Park
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4
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mike taylor   [Mar 01, 2000]

kick ass!

Customer Service

expert. BRING YOUR ROAD BIKE TOO Bonham is boring town but the skirting farm roads are f'n roller coasters! if yo ulike hillclimbs, get ready to burn! if you like downhills, suffer the uphills and you will be rewarded. Mostly rolling, but much more drastically than say forney or even palestine. Road riding is only boring if you take boring roads or boring bike, just like mtnbiking.

Similar Products Used: any you can find ride it!
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3
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Fred Hensley   [Sep 26, 2000]

I've only ridden it twice, the first time we kept taking the "a" trails and cut off some good sections. The second time was much better. I stayed on the main trails and had a blast. Fun single track, nothing hairy but gives a good workout if you push it. For people from Dallas, it's like LB Houston with elevation changes and rocks.

Customer Service

follow the signs

Similar Products Used: Anything fun
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5
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Evan Yeager   [Dec 19, 2000]

The trail is extremely over-grown and rutted. There were several places where trees and limb debris and fallen over the trail and had not been cleared for sometime. Ruts in many areas would be up to the bottom bracket of some smaller bikes. Open field areas had not been brushed hogged. Even during this hot, dry Texas summer the grass was above the tops of my tires.

This trail is an example of what can happen to a trail without proper maintenance. The trail was once a great trail and can be again if an active local club adopts it. Call ahead for trail conditions.

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1
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mike   [Jun 23, 2001]

this trail was a letdown. cute but much of it was overgrown. I'd driven an hour to ride. So i ended up swimming in the lake instead, more fun. Nice locals.

Customer Service

don't go its boring

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2
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