Rowlett Creek Preserve - TRAIL

Rowlett Creek Preserve - Trail, Garland, Texas

Built in 95, it has tight and windy singletrack. Very tech. which includes 15in. diam. logs to climb,very steep drop-offs and uphills,very well maintained by D.O.R.B.A.,beautiful scenery. It is the most tech. trail in Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Once you master this trail, all others are a breeze.

User Reviews (60)

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Randy Johnston   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2013]

This series of trails is great fun, but it has several downright dangerous sections where you can get badly hurt (or die). Trail 14 has two creek crossings with steep drops. Miss your line and you go into the creek and over the bars at speed, risking serious neck or back injuries. Trail 10 has a series of loop-te-loops, but the first one sends you up towards a dangerous cliff that you cannot see until you are right on it. Come up too fast or out of control and you are going off a 20 ft.cliff into the creek. There is also one more assent on the back side of 10, just before Glen's Wall, off to the side of a simple travel-track. Unmarked but for the trail, it invites you to swerve left and climb, but it leads to a short assent that dead-ends at a dangerous cliff you cannot see in advance also. Scout these sectons before you try them. But for these sections, intermediate riders can have a blast here.

Customer Service

One to seven to fourteen. BAck to one, then one-A to eight, nine, eleven, ten and back home on eight and one. About 8 or nine miles, less than an hour and safe, but for the above dangers. Twelve and thirteen are technical, with lots of broken concrete to scare the bejeebers out of you. Two, three, four, five and six are child safe and easy.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Anthony   Cross Country Rider [Jan 24, 2013]

I have been systematically trying out every trail system in DFW. I have to say I love this place. Each loop cascades off the next so if you keep taking the left path you can push at least 17-19 miles. Everything south of the parking lot is tame for the most part. North has a couple if loops (13 and 14) that can get crazy. The paths are well worn and wide, mostly hard packed. It has a few wet creek crossings, best taken at speed and buzz saw through so not to get too wet. Never encountered any sand and very few loose rocks. jagged concrete and log obstructions keep it interesting along with rolling hills. There are some straight aways that skirt fields, a good time to practice your pedal pacing. Over all this system is in my top 3. I will be going back again and again.

Customer Service

from the parking lot located at Castle Dr. and E Centerville Rd. go north startig at the trail head info board, keep taking every left you can to check the entire system out. some sections are not that obvious, if it remotely looks like a trail, take it.

Similar Products Used: grapevine northshore, cedar hill.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
RecklessTX   Weekend Warrior [Jun 11, 2010]

The trail is approx 15 miles consisting of 14 loops, 4 water creek crossings, several bridges some over air,land and streams to allow for riding not long after a rain.
The north side is more technical once you get passed loop 1 with off camber climbs, good climbs, double hills, big drops, rocky technical on 13 and a fun jump on loop 8.
The south side is great for family's as is loop 1 on the north side with flat treed and open fields with the option of as much speed as you want just be prepared for the turn you don't see. There are also some small hills and tight corners.
The loops numbers don't go in order you can go from 1 to 7 to 14 to 8 and that be a normal thing the numbers were added as the trail has expanded. Overall a beginner to intermediate place for all types of riders to have an enjoyable ride.
My average for the whole trail is about 1h25m with a good heart rate.
This trail is super maintained as are most of the D.O.R.B.A trails but this one takes the cake if there is a problem somewhere give the steward a day or so and problem solved or plan formed.

Customer Service

As a general rule of thumb if you take the trail to the left you will start the next trail if you go right you will be on your way to the trail head.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
AngryDentist   Cross Country Rider [Nov 01, 2008]

I love this trail, pretty new to the sport. I have ridden all the routes on this trail and must it is a blast. It is very well maintained, has a lot of twists, close proximity tree's, small drop offs, great decents across creeks then climbs and great open sections for some speed. Trial 13 and 14 are my most favorite, seem to be the most technical too. 13 is a great rocky trail and 14 is just plain fun with all the crossings. I give it 2 thumbs up for the cleanliness and upkeep. I do mostly the north side south side was great for going thru with it with speed for aerobic workout. Something for everyone and what I hear probably the best dfw has to offer in trails. Also local families that ride this trail usually go and clean it up regularly, thanks Lin and Jen, you guys rock.

Customer Service

If you want some fun and what I hear a relatively high technical level 14 and 13 are the bomb.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
jeffhallman   Weekend Warrior [Aug 03, 2008]

This is my trail of choice in the Dallas area, plus it's the closest to me (~8 miles from where I currently live). I ride this on a hard-tail with no problems. It has a little bit of everything, and the trail is well maintained. There are many loops and alternate routes, so you can decide what you want to do (or not do). Total trail length is about 15 miles now, and the crew is continually working on it.

The newest loop is 14, and I think it is the best loop out there now since it has some tight ups-and-downs, and some steep descents into creek crossings which then go to uphill climbs. The north loops are most challenging out there, and the south loops are pretty flat but let you work on speed. Since most of the trail is in the woods, there is hardly ever any breeze.

You will see people of all skill level out there. You'll see kids on BMX bikes, people with their dogs, and trail runners. Overall, I'd rate this trail 8 out of 10 and would recommend this trail over any other in the Dallas area. I wish there were some more climbs and aerobically challenging sections.

Customer Service

North loops (1, 1a, 7-14)

Similar Products Used: Check out http://www.dorba.org
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
dannyboy8807   Racer [Jan 09, 2007]

RCP is a very comfortable, enjoyable bike trail. Because the ground is very firm and there are few terrain changes, riding is smooth and quick. However there are many technical spots to test your skill. Though some parts requiring an expert's skill, most technical spots are passable by an alternate route(or on steep slopes, walk your bike up). It is a terrific place to practice skills and mess around. Also, it is a very confortable location because it is almost entirely shaded.

My opinion is slightly jaded because I have only ridden two real trails, this and The Breaks at Bar H. Comparatively, this one has more short technical challenges but Bar H is much, much more aerobicly difficult (because it has actual slope changes). I gave RCP a technical 4 because it has challenges to that level, as a whole maybe only a 3.

Customer Service

The North side. For sure do Loop 7. 8,9,10, and 12 are pretty fun. Don't miss the seesaw on the way back on 1 (i think it's 1).
If you think you are pretty skilled, the hardest thing i find is a nasty root right after the alternate route up Glen's Wall on 9. It's on the right as you dip and almost fall into the Creek (alternate route on the alternate route), very easy to miss.

Similar Products Used: Bar H Breaks (completely different)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
kalz   Racer [Oct 22, 2006]

Described as a technical trail. It is a good trail for a beginner to learn how to ride and approach obstacles. Very well thought out by trail maint. staff and setters. It is technical at race speeds ie 30k plus and demands respect because of its tight lines but is no means a pure tech but because of its flat nature demands respect at speed.
It is a shame that he topography of the Dallas area lends itself to flat fast courses. None the less a good course to hone skills and balance. Well done guys.
Kal the Kiwi.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Beldrueger   Racer [May 23, 2006]

To the previous poster: How can you review the trail if you didn't even ride loops 10-12? Sure there is a sewage plant off the edge of the property, but it's no big deal. I've ridden Rowlett probably a hundred times. It is a very fun trail The trail designers have done a great job with the available land. It doesn't have great markings, but stop and read the map and you should be fine. If you are new, ask someone which way to go. The only confusing spot is loop 7.

I've ridden trails all over the country, and I still have a blast at Rowlett.

Customer Service

Do the whole thing, but the higher numbered loops 7-12 are where the fun is too be had. 7,8,9, and 10 are the best.

Similar Products Used: Erwin park, Cybourne, Grapevine, IDB, Arbor Hills
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
manwe   Weekend Warrior [Feb 18, 2006]

OK trail for a beginner or intermediate. Loop 8 wa allot of fun but there was a sewer plant back down at loop 1 that was horrible and really turned me off to the whole place. Didn't get to do all the loops but I remember loop 8 that was allot of fun. You can get a good workout if you pedal hard.

Customer Service

Stay away from the bottom half of the trail due to the sewer plant.

Similar Products Used: If you like this trail you would like LB Houston and Sister Grove.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
Longingfor401   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2004]

Not very challenging but good variety of trails, all well maintained. None of it is very fast and/because there are no climbs. Good beginner/ intermidiate trail. Good workout if you do more than 1 loop.

Customer Service

Warm up on 2 - 6. Ride 1, 7, 8-11, and 1 hard. Cool down on 1 or 2.

Similar Products Used: www.dorba.com
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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