Johnson Branch State Park - TRAIL

Johnson Branch State Park - Trail, Denton, Texas

Tight through the trees and extremely woodsy singletrack. Parts of the trail are extremely rocky and will test your handling skills. Couple dips through the ravines and gradual climbs. Overall, sorta reminds me of the trails in the Ozarks on a smaller scale. Best recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.

User Reviews (12)

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boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Dec 08, 2007]

kudos to dorba.org for maintaing this trail. mostly intermdiate except for red section, then a tuff bouncy ride thru probably 1/2 mile over all of rock gardens.

8,8 mile loop.

excellent map, excellent signage. excellent TH map. get DORBA map at entrance. park map is useless.

others below describe trail well.

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5
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4
Larry   Weekend Warrior [Sep 08, 2007]

I had a lot of fun on this trail. The rocks and the handful of climbs were good. The rocks on the red section really made the trail enjoyable. They added some extra difficulty to the climbs. If the red section did not exist, I would not bother to take the hour drive up there. This is where the fun is.

Customer Service

Do the whole loop dont miss out on the red trail.

Similar Products Used: Joe Pool and Grapevine Northshore(when dry)
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4
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4
christexan   Cross Country Rider [Jun 01, 2004]

Well, there seem to be mixed reviews on the technical level of this trail. No part of this trail is actually "expert" in it's technical level, however the hardest part consists mainly of long rocky rooty climbs, not terribly steep, just steady 50-100ft climbs up rugged loose terrain, which can wear a rider out after awhile. However this "expert" section is at the farthest end of the trail so anyone who might not be comfortable can easily bypass it beforehand. The "expert" section starts with 2 bunny-hop logs, and those to me are probably the most challenge on the trail (other than a really tight switchback descent into a ditch around a tree, LOL, but even that won't hurt you if you don't make it or need to step off to turn (the shorter your bike the better on these trails). The entire trail is full of VERY tight twisty wooded sections, crossed occassionally by small ditch sized gullies, but really nothing at all dangerous, one pretty good descent (maybe 10ft) into a gully, but overall, nothing "expert" about the whole system. If you are tired before getting to the red "expert" section though, go ahead and take the last turn before it, because it WILL wear you down. Final note, if at any point you realize you've bitten off more than you can chew, there is a fire road through the middle of nearly the entire trail, which you can bail out on. Note that some sections of the fire road are actually more fun than the trail, it's in horrid shape, and has some very fast straight descents through terribly rutted rocky loose material, LOL, "road" is an oxymoron, the trail is MUCH better groomed overall (but not as straight clearly). Overall a fun ride, no real scenery, trees, trees, trees, ditch, trees, it is very unforgiving (this trail and RCP made me cut 1/4" off each side of my handlebars due to not fitting between some trees), some sections go in "V"s between trees where even your pedals don't want to clear, in all it's a lot of fun, just watch your handlebars, there are no real drops or dangers to speak of. Aerobic rating is based on the expert loop included, otherwise it'd be a 3. Technical difficulty is a 3+, other than tight turns there is nothing REALLY technical, just a few leg-weary climbs Overall, 3-4 rating fun, worth the occasional drive, but not all the time.

Customer Service

The whole trail is one large loop, with crossovers bisecting for smaller loops, so ride till you are ready to turn around and look for the next loop. Color-coded markers are on the trail corresponding to the trailhead map which is also available online at dorba.org.

Similar Products Used: Grapevine Northshore for more of a skills challenge Rowlett Creek Preserve for similar fun woodsy riding Knob Hills for a simple aerobic workout.
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4
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4
alaskaniceman   Cross Country Rider [Apr 20, 2004]

Another one of my home trails in the fall and spring. More technical than Isle D'Bois and longer. Trails can be ridden by all levels due to the loops and cutoffs before harder sections. Toughest section technical wise should be rated for intermediate to advance riders. Could be tough for people not use to technical riding or learning to ride with clips.

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3
VALUE
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4
christianer1   Racer [Nov 21, 2003]

Video of Trail (bottom of page) http://www.pedalmasher.com/html/2002.html

Similar Products Used: Bar H St. Jo
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3
VALUE
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3
bill lumberg   Cross Country Rider [Sep 22, 2003]

In a nutshell, this is a relatively boring trail. A good place to take a beginer or a girlfriend, but not a place for advanced riders. My buddy and I were excited to try this trail this weekend, being one of the only trails within 200 miles of Dallas we hadn't riden. Some of the other reviews label this course as very technical, and advanced. Even the expert loop on this course was about as difficult as an easy section of Grapevine. I will say there are alot of tight trees that keep you on your toes if your trying to full throtle the trail.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used: Erwin Park off 380 would be In this area I suppose. If your in the DFW area you've probably done it, if not it's a must do...all the tight trees and turns of this trail, with 3 times the fun. More var
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2
VALUE
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3
David Fambrough   [Oct 07, 2001]

It's an awesome trail, unlike any other I've ridden in the area. The best description for this trail is it's a blend between the tight, woodsy single track at Erwin and the rocky trail conditions of Grapevine. The trail winds almost entirely through the woods with a few, quick field sections. You have a few ravine and log crossings combined with lots of switchbacks. The climbs are gradual as you work your way across the rolling terrain. A fun place to go riding for the day and work on your technical skills.

Customer Service

Follow the red tape through the trees at the start, then take the trail marked by the brown markers.

Similar Products Used: www.dorba.org (other trails within the DFW)
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4
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Geoffrey Rogers   [Dec 12, 2001]

The first section is tight and twisty with plenty of challenges to make things fun. The section section is a bit rocky and technical that will really challenge you. The third section is twisty, fast and fun. Just what you need after the second. The fourth and last section is (this section was just open) twisty and technical (technical enough that you have to stay on your toes). A good mix of different things and in the right order.

There are plenty of places to bail because you do cross several different fireroads. If you do please carry a map, because you can easily get lost. The fireroads are fun to ride too!

Customer Service

The trail head is in the Northeast corner of the Dogwood Canyon Parking lot. When riding the single track, always take the left fork and cross the double trak. This will make a 8.7 mile loop of all single track. You can get a map at the ranger station.

Similar Products Used: I will be trying to make this trail a most do atleast once a month.
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5
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Mark Crone   [Jan 16, 2002]

One of the best trails in the Dallas area. Not many people frequent the park because of the location. First part of the trail is fairly rocky, similiar to Grapevine's Northshore Trail. The last part of the trail is similiar to Erwin Park without all the pasture riding.

I would only recommend this trail for experience riders. The rocky sections will be tough on an inexperience rider....plus they could seriously hurt if they take a fall.

Inexperienced riders can ride the fire road which follows a similiar route as the single track.

This trail is a must ride if you like Erwin or Grapevine!!!!!

Similar Products Used: Erwin Park
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5
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DEATH-DIVE   [Jan 24, 2002]

I HAVE RODE ALL OVER TEXAS AND THIS IS A GRADE "A" TRAIL. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED. STARTS OFF WITH A LITTLE LEG WORK THEN REWARDS YOU WITH A NICE SPEEDY FINISH. BEST TRAIL EVER? HARDEST? NO. FUN? MUCHO FUN. VERY SOLID TRAIL. THIS IS A FUN RIDE. ONE OF THOSE TRIALS YOU GET OFF OF AND SAY, "MAN THAT WAS FUN". IF YOU TRAVEL OVER A HOUR TO GET THERE PLAN ON RIDING IT TWICE OR THE DRIVE WILL NOT BE WORTH IT. YOU CAN RIDE IT IN A HOUR OR SO. IF YOU GET TIRED OF YOUR LOCAL AREA RIDE, MAKE A TRIP AND HAVE FUN. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.

Customer Service

SAME AS ABOVE

Similar Products Used: ST.JO
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3
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