Bluff Creek Ranch - TRAIL

Bluff Creek Ranch - Trail, Giddings, Texas

Nine miles of twisty somewhat rocky trails with a few good downhills and lots of tight singletrack. Watch out for an occasional longhorn!

User Reviews (11)

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biga6462   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2006]

I just road this trail Saturday July 15 and was suprised to find the trail was re-reouted just the previous week. The trail was cut down to about 7 miles and was not as fun as it was the last time I went. The re-route was pretty slow because it was not packed in well yet. It seems like some of the more technical spots were taken out which is the one of the reasons I liked the trail. I was pretty dissapointed having to pay 7 dollars to get in after all that was going on. I will probably not take time or gas to visit this place for a long time. Dont get me wrong it is still a beautiful place to ride, but not the same anymore. If any of you want a map of the new trail feel free to ask.

Customer Service

Only one way to go unless you want to go around the cool stuff

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3
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3
lesismore90   Weekend Warrior [Jun 26, 2006]

Just went out to Bluff Creek this past weekend for the first time with our group of 5 from Houston...had a blast! We were very impressed. The ranch is gorgeous, complete with horses, longhorn cattle, rolling hills, and lots of pines. The facilities were very nice. They have showers/bathrooms, first aid, and free purified water available. The trail was fun and winding, and best of all...quiet! We felt like the only riders out there. We had a great hamburger (one of his own cows!) cooked up by the owner, who was very nice, and then hit the trail again for more. A really great place, highly recomended!

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5
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4
The Colonel   Cross Country Rider [Jul 17, 2003]

Just went out this past weekend for my second ride at Bluff Creek. The owners have put a lot of work (and money) into these trails since my last visit a few years ago. The trails are well maintained and manicured, and the bridges are all in excellent shape. Granted, this place is not the Mecca of downhill adrenaline, but it is a great place to go out for a weekend afternoon. There are plenty of fun descents, and a few short uphills to get your heart rate up a bit. Gas Pass is good for a little excitement, and the pond at the end of the trail is a great place to just sit and take it all in. The scenery is great, though, and I will gladly drive the distance, if for no other reason than getting away from all the Huffy riders at Memorial Park on a Saturday afternoon. All in all, it is a good, entertaining ride through isolated woods, complete with Longhorns and horses and all the things that make Central Texas great. Make the trip, you won't regret it.

Customer Service

www.bcrwarda.com for maps to the ranch and details.

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4
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3
Mudbug   [Jun 13, 1999]

Its mainly single track with "Texas sized gravel" and lots of stream crossings. Switchbacks a'plenty and some real hill climbs. A few good downhills (no real terrors though) and the "Mule Trace". If you want to have a good and challenging go at it bring a few friends, cause we didn't need to hold anything back. Just check your brakes cause the gravel is very loose and there is a whole lot of cactus to make your fall a memorable one.

There are showers and restrooms. You can camp for I think $3.00? Swimming is OK at the west pond but not on the trail.

The Warda Race is one you should make a point of doing. It isn't too hard for beginners or too easy for experts. Just watch when you go over the cattle guards; I saw a buddy bust a collar bone when he turned his bar (the tire fell through the rails) from lack of track-stand experience.

Customer Service

From Houston take I-10 west to SH-71 north at Columbus. Go around 15 miles to SH-77 east at La Grange. Go around 6 miles to Warda (don't blink). Across from the Warda Store (the only store) is Owl Creek Rd., take it 1/4 mile to the entrance on the left. Go to the house to sign-in and pay-to-play. Its only $5.50 a head.

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Ranch at Smithville is just a few miles up SH-71 from La Grange. Take the Buescher state Park exit and go east a few miles (look for the trashed bike hanging from the entrance on the left). Camping, bar/grill, & around 50 miles of great trails with water stops too. 5 tire rating
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4
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Ron Gossen   [Sep 09, 1999]

Bluff Creek, commonly just called "Warda" for the town which it is near, is a fast riders' dream and a beginner's DisneyWorld. Lots of ravine crossings that are fully manageable in the "speed down and momentum up" mode, combined with handfulls of short bridges to demand attention.
Hugely thrilling the first time (or more) is the cemented steep down switchback know as Gas Pass, as is its nearby terraced down, Mule Trace. One can seriously hurt themself on either if not astute. It's a fun part of the funnest race in the State circuit.
The owners go to great extent to make sure that bikers have safe (owner's a doctor), affordable and clean (showers, flush toilets)mountain-biking fun and a comfortable camping experience, complete with free fishing and swimming in stocked tanks

Customer Service

All Bluff Creek trails are basically one long loop.

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3
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Cliff   [Oct 28, 1999]

Great place for a father/son or father/daughter or family camping and mountain biking weekend. Trails are managable for the newest rider and fast enough for a more experienced rider. Take the more experienced riders down Gass Pass and Mule Trace and let the younger and less experienced rider take the bypass. Fun for the whole family. The Nolan's ( the poeple who own it) are wonderful people. $7.50 per person per night to camp and ride (12 and over)

Customer Service

One big loop counterclockwise

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4
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Blammo   [Jan 26, 2000]

You can really get into groove on this trail. It twist and turns and has a roller coaster appeal. I always leave happy; used to skip work and ride this trail alone alot. Well maintained. Not too difficult, but it FLOWS like no other trail in central Texas.

Customer Service

There is only one route!

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5
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Walt   [Mar 18, 2000]

When I rode here on the weekend, there were some racer types up from Houston, so it was crowded and unpleasant for a tourer like me. One aspect of the way the trail is laid out is that you get to see the people coming and going constantly. So, even if you are not in the immediate vicinity of others on the trail, you pass closely by people. The single track is too tightly wound - might as well do circles in your back yard to get excercise. Maybe it would have been better on a weekday.

Customer Service

I think there is one main route.

Similar Products Used: Rocky Ridge
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3
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JIm   [Apr 25, 2000]

This trail is very fun. It has some good technical areas, nicely placed hills and fast feel about it. It's great for blazing if you're intermediate to expert and fantastic for learning if you're novice. This trail will not bore you! It's the kind of trail you can blaze through sitting back on the edge of your seat whipping through the woods with nice tight turns and sudden ledges to bounce off of. Nice rough downhill at the end that's worth the 9 miles. This is a FUN trail!

Customer Service

Only one way!

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Ranch - Smithville, TX
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4
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Bill   [Nov 09, 2001]

One of the best trails in central Texas. Nothing like riding and having to dodge longhorn patties and the actual longhorns themselves. Very good trail for all levels. My kids love to go camping there as do my wife and I. Also a great place to learn how to ride at night (easy to get back to main area if you break down) just technical enough to really make you pay attention. This trail is great, go if you haven't and if you have go back.

Customer Service

only one way

Similar Products Used: The other direction but a good trail Muleshoe Bend.
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5
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