Lake Bryan Park Trail - TRAIL

Lake Bryan Park Trail - Trail, College Station/Bryan, Texas

You would think that this trail would wind up being a fairly flat trail with little climbing, given the surrounding terrain. Wrong! The trail runs up and down the levee, so there are several hundred feet of climbs. A service road is located on top of the levee. About 10% of the trail utilizes the service road, the remainder of trail is single track crossing creeks and winding through the woods, with a small section of trail utilizing an abandoned gravel service road to an oil pad. The trail system is split in half by the lake, leaving an east and west loop.

User Reviews (28)

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Texasduffer   Weekend Warrior [Jan 22, 2012]

Rode Lake Bryan the first time this morning and had an absolute blast. I rode the east trail loop for most of the morning and there was a surprising amount of downhill action where you could get some speed and take some banked turns. Good mix of drops, bridges, climbs, switchbacks, etc. I'll definitely be back.

Customer Service

I haven't ridden enough of the trails to know which is best. I tackled the closest trails on the East Loop for the most part and only two trails on the West Loop. West Loop was a little more wide open as far as I could tell.

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4
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4
MikeC   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2011]

went and rode out there today. GREAT trails, good conditions, will go again!!!!

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4
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3
biga6462   Weekend Warrior [May 18, 2009]

This past weekend was my first time to ride here in over three years. The trail is in good shape except for several places where the grass needs to be mowed. It is also hard to follow the trail because of the grass and some missing signs. There is plenty to keep you busy on the trails though it is not very technical. Also I enjoyed the addition of a see-saw and a rock garden to fuel my interest to come back. Overall Lake Bryan is one my favorite places to ride to the east of the hill country.

Customer Service

I like the east route because it is more developed but the west is good to put in extra miles.

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5
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3
EddieAAAA   Weekend Warrior [Dec 09, 2006]

Things have changed alot since the last review in 2003. I rode the East and West trails with a group of locals and found both loops to be fun and in excellent shape. Since the most recent Norba event, the trails are now being ridden in the opposite direction. Since this was my first ride, I could not tell much difference. The ride was balanced with twisty single track with some technical creek crossing sections that could be hit with good speed and momentum. Everything is one way so I found it comfortable to ride jamming with my IPOD. Total distance for both loops was 19.1 miles, so you can get a good workout. I give the trial a 4 for Aerobic if you do both loops at a fast pace.

I found the system to be kinda similar to Warda, but longer. The ride is good enough for me to drive out from Houston and I will add it to my once a month out of town ride schedule. The local club rides on Sunday at 2:30 - 3:00 PM and everyone is hospitable. Good group of folks to ride with. I would also recommend waiting a few days after rain since this trail is at a lake.

Customer Service

Ride both the East and West loops. The person commecting the money at the entrance will give you a map.

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4
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4
mark   Weekend Warrior [Oct 27, 2003]

The east trail is a decent trail considering it is in a pretty flat part of Texas. Its fast, well marked, with a few technical sections. The west trail is overgrown with chest high weeds, not maintained, and imposible to follow in many places. Ride the 9 mile east trail and skip the west. The East Trail has a few technical sections with some very small drops (1-2 feet)and a few log crossings. Other than that, its pretty much twisty single tract.

Customer Service

East Trail

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Ranch - Smithville TX
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4
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3
Stevie-Steve-O   Cross Country Rider [Aug 14, 2003]

I just moved from N. Cal. Nothing impresses me. However, there are some endearing aspects about this place. Although many of the trails are grown over and need maintenance, it is apparent that they are well thought out. Lots of tight turns. I got the feeling I was the first to ride this area in a while, because of all the siderwebs I hit. The area would benefit from increased signage; I got lost a few times (I ended up at the "Last Chance Lounge" on Mumford road, then the Coca-Cola bottling plant-my bad!). My advice is to park on the road and savev yourself the $5 entrance fee. It's a no-brainer!

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2
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1
Steve   Cross Country Rider [Aug 06, 2003]

This trail is a great beginner trail. Once you ride it more then a few times it gets extremely dull. IT is a very fast running bit of single track, so ride it hard. A few jolt climbs, nice tight turns, some sandy sections. Not a very technical trail, but, hea, what else are you going to ride in this area.

Customer Service

East Loop

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Cameron park both within 1 hour and 30 minutes
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3
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2
James Munnerlyn   [Dec 30, 1998]

Lake Bryan, the best trail to go riding for a 70 mile radious from B/CS. The trail system is split into two loops, a west loop, and an east loop. The west loop is the oldest trail there, build in 95 completed into a loop in 96. The trail travels along the service road occasionally going up and down the levee, and winding around in the woods for a short time. Once on the back side of the lake, the trail has to turn around and return to the park entrance, but before doing so, you must cross a small gully that has about an 8 drop in and climb out. Not too difficult, just drop in, get your speed up, and fly up the other side. This section does have a problem with erosion, and changes after each rain. The return trip has a bit more single track winding through the woods, and occasionally goes up and down the levee before returning you to the beginning.

The east loop is similar to the west loop, but in reverse order. The east loop was created in 98. It starts out with a lot of single track, then returns going up and down the levee. The single track on the east loop as a section that winds around crossing a few creeks several times. A majority of the year, the creeks are dry, but during the rainy seasons, they will have shallow water running in them. The east loop seams to dry out faster than the west loop. Probably due to better drainage. During the months of December through March the area seems to get a lot of rain. During this time, the trails can get very muddy. Recommend checking conditions before go to ride, during these months.

The trail is on the rankes of an advanced/intermediate skill level. Some sections will be beginner level trail while other sections will be more advanced rider skill level. Beginners can always walk a section, the tough parts are not more than 5 to 20 yards in length. Each loop is a little over 7 miles, while the east loop continues to get longer. During dry weather, some areas get sandy. On each loop, some of the climbs up the levee get tough, especially for those just starting out on a MTB.

Customer Service

Once you find the trail head, located near the enterance to the park on the levee, the trails go in a travel in a counter clockwise direction. The trail is marked with miniture street sines, indicating the direction to go, or to let you know you are riding the wrong way.

Similar Products Used: The next closest are Bluff Creek Ranch and Rocky Hill Ranch. At one time, there was a trail at Gibbings Creek, but not sure any more.
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4
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Scott Shafer   [Mar 16, 1999]

The Lake Bryan Trail has been evolving for over three years now and holds its own with any in Central Texas. A great deal of thanks is owed to a few dedicated volunteers with the Brazos Valley Mtn. Bike Association (BVMBA) for their tireless devotion to this trail. These guys and gals are an excellent example of a can do attitude toward land access and trail development. The Utilities Lake is a public facility the management of which knew next to nothing about trails, let alone mtn bikes, four years ago. BVMBA saw an opportunity for access and took it. Today Mtn bikers are the most committed users and ardent supporters of this resource. An important point here is that this is A MTN BIKE TRAIL. I've encountered trail runners and equestrians but it's rare. The two loops (15 miles total) are also one-way so one can hammer with little worry of a head on.

The trail is primarily tight single track that makes good use of drop through ravines, a large levee and the odd log or scree pile to keep things interesting. The trail provides enumerable opportunities to pitch fast into tight curves and challenging lines through roots and draws. There are a couple of short but difficult climbs straight up the side of the levee and other places where switch backs are used. The trail has maintained my interest for several years of riding. While it's all we have close by it's also dynamic. It has changed due to new trail development and is intricate enough that it's not easily memorized. Then again, I'm getting old and memory ain't what it once was.

One of the best things about this trail (and one that reviews like this can negatively impact) is that it sees relatively low use. If you're fast you're not likely to feel like you're on a busy farm road behind an Army convoy. If you're slow you're not likely to feel stressed every few minutes by testy racers wanting to bump you into the Yaupon. You'll get the drift (no pun intended) should you decide to give it a go.

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4
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matt   [Aug 03, 1999]

Gotta hand it to those aggies, they did a good job of making something out of nothing... Bryan/College Station has got to be some of the flattest country a mountain biking trail has ever existed in, but this one's still pretty good. Hope you like trees and tight turns though, 'cause that's what you're gonna get. Don't come here looking for epic climbs and bomber downhill runs. The biggest (only!) hills are the short, steep scrambles up the back of the dam, the rest is f-l-a-t.

The first time I rode this trail, I got to know some small trees and bushes a little too well... this trail has some twist to it! You are constantly turning and carving throught the trees and in and out of creeks. In places you can see someone a few yards away on the other side of the bushes, but the trail turns & doubles back so much they may be miles down the trail!

Being from Austin I can clean heinous limestone boulders and ledges that make flatlanders stain their lycra, so I pretty much thought this trail would be a joke... how technical could it be? Yeah, right - I still find bark from those trees in my teeth sometimes. I still don't know that I would call it "technical," because around here, techical implies that you might be passing rock climbers on your way down, but it definitely takes skills! After the first lap you really start to pick up the feel of the trail, and it gets a lot more fun. I had to do it again.

If you find yourself in this god-forsaken region for some reason, and don't have anything to do (which you won't!), highly recommended. Probably nothing worth making a trip for, but it's a pretty unique trail and a must-ride if you're going to be there anyway. Just take it easy and have fun.

PS - never get suckered into racing here. It is horrible and sadistic and you will NEVER beat the locals!

Customer Service

Be sure to hit both loops

Similar Products Used: pretty much the only other trails around there are made by cows...
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4
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