San Angelo State Park - TRAIL

San Angelo State Park - Trail, San Angelo, Texas

San Angelo State Park covers 7500 acres and is more than twelve miles in length; there are multi-purpose trails all over the park. There is something for everyone: paved roads, gravel fire roads, and more than 30 miles of singletrack trails. The singletracks range in difficulty from extremely easy to very challenging. The park is located in rugged country along the western shoreline of the O.C. Fisher Reservoir. For solitude and uncrowded trails, this is your place! The few people you do encounter are friendly and eager to show off one of the best mountain bike trail systems in Texas. Depending upon which part of this huge park you ride in, you can spead through the wide open spaces, weave your way among the mesquite and prickly pear, cruise lazily under the pecan tree canopy along the North Concho River, or bash down a rocky technical trail in the "Playground" area. Bring a good supply of water and be sure that your tires have Slime in them. And don't forget that extra tube and tire pump, because you never know when a mestuite thorn will punch through your knobbies. Admire the buffalo herd, but don't even think about crossing over that fence into their part of the park, however, unless your idea of fun is getting gored by 10-inch horns! The park has plenty of improved and primitive campsites as well as some airconditioned cabins. For more information, call the San Angelo State Park, 915-949-4757. Park entry and camping fees are very nominal.

User Reviews (26)

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nate-roth   Cross Country Rider [Jul 08, 2013]

Can't say enough good things about this trail system. 40-50 miles of intersecting trails offering hard packed singletrack mixed with typical hill country trails, slightly rocky.

Most trails are intermediate skill level with some opportunities for small climbs and descents.

Trails are well marked and jeep roads offer the weary a quick return to the trail head.

Be advised that due to the Oil boom in the area, motels have gotten expensive at $125+ per night, but the park offers multiple opportunities to tent camp or has RV sites.

Customer Service

Parking at Burkett trail head follow Pott's Creek trail to Amardillo crossing onto Turkey Creek, follow Turkey Creek to River Bend, from River Bend you can intersect several great trails.

Grab a trail map and head out.

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dekoffer   Cross Country Rider [Feb 27, 2009]

Excellent endurance trail. About 65% easy flat, 25% light to moderate climbing & descending, and 10% short but steep & technical climbing & descending, such as Roller Coaster. Lots of baby heads and all sorts of cactus and other things waiting to take a bite out of you and your tires. There are several water fountains throughout the ride, but bring lots of water, especially in summer. Basic loop is about 26 miles, but there are many shorter options. Print out the map at http://www.friendsofsasp.com/Map1.html It is the best available map.

Watch for rattlesnakes beginning in March through October or so.

Customer Service

I start at the north entrance as Bell's trailhead and head about 14 miles to the South end of the park, and have lunch. Then hop on Chaparral Trail and head back to the North end of the Park, about a 12 mile return trip.

It is easy to feel lost out here the first couple of times, but all trails eventually run North and South to either end of the park. So when lost, just pick a trail and stick with it.

I'm an intermediate level rider and it takes me about 3 hours of actual saddle time to complete the 26 mile loop. Lunch and water breaks add in another hour.

Similar Products Used: Buck Creek Trail in Abilene is a nice 12 mile loop. It has several technical features that challenge the intermediate rider and keep things somewhat interesting for the advanced rider. Like all trails in this part of Texas: lots of rock and cactus.
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4
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3
fitchhollister   Cross Country Rider [Jul 21, 2008]

Do you like rocks? I'm use to decidius forests with soft soil where your tires can get traction. This trail is full of dry dirt with rocks everywhere. Par for the course in West Texas though.

Other than that the trail is well kept and the park service is friendly. There is a maze of trails so you should deff find someone who knows the trails so you can learn them. Though it is a maze there is plenty of trails and they are well marked once you figure out the routes. The park service will provide a map.

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3
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4
jumper780   Cross Country Rider [Jan 17, 2008]

Really nicely built cross country trail. Not a lot of elevation but a few areas will make your heart pump. This is more of an intermediate endurance trail. I did this trail last summer in the hottest part of the day and went through 100oz of water and only did about 20 miles. Bring a lunch and make it a full day ride. Its worth the ride.

Customer Service

Start at south trail head then head north then back to south again.

Similar Products Used: -Buck Creek Trail in Abilene
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5
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3
sckotty   Cross Country Rider [Oct 15, 2007]

Excellent trail to get a well rounded ride. Smooth fast flats and a good number of optional technical obstacles. Great for beginners and advanced riders. Many, many miles of single track. There are two trail heads, South shore (Macy’s Store) and North shore. There are few step climbs but you will be surprised, there is a steep, I mean steep down hill (or climb depending on which way you want to go) with either technical tail or jeep road depending on you skill level. Trails may seem a little confusing at first since there are so many off shoots and choices but you will never get board of doing the same tail every time. I lived in San Angelo for some time now, and I am still finding new trails to take. You can do a small 9 mile loop or a 25 mile loop, depending on time. Trail is well maintained and only a small period of the year may a few sections may be overgrown but clears out by mid-end of summer. BRING WATER, I the summer, you may use as much as 100oz in the middel of summer.

Customer Service

Roller Coaster, Play Ground, you can get maps form the state park office or online.

Similar Products Used: Abilene Buck Creek Trail (Must goto Bike Town on North First to get Combo to lock) Best technical trial in this part of TX. Extremely fun if you have a long travel bike.
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5
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3
boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Apr 26, 2007]

i can't add anything that hasn't been written. the total mileage of ST is confusing.....but at a minimun there is 12 miles of twisting, winding rocky, baby head laden ST. proabably 20+ miles al trails included. State Park has a Bike map.differnt from campsite map...little hard to decipher but with trails signs you will figure it out. bike shop in town has book of west texas MB rides with a more details including milage.

start at south park entrance, north park entrance or somewhere in between.

FYI water fountains still working ate Bells Point and "rest area".

lake is down to a puddle due to drought.

long, tuff ride....ideal for intermediate riders wanting technical challenges on an endurance ride. less than 200' elevation change, but lots of short climbs to get lungs pumping. Roller Coaster is an advanced technical 1/2- 1 mile section near Burkett TH.

enjoyable ride ..tuff and bumping and twisting...

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4
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4
dead4lyfe   Cross Country Rider [Jan 12, 2004]

Great trails for a boring town! I ride these trails 3-4 times a week and still find new stuff all the time. Trails are well marked and not hard to ride at all. The best place to start is through the South entrance and drive for about 2 miles until you hit Burkett Trailhead. Heading to the north end starting at this trailhead is a great long ride (approx. 19 miles) and NOT difficult. San Angelo state park has over 60 miles to ride and nothing over an intermediate trail. It is not technical. I recommend SASP to anyone visiting or living in West TX.

Customer Service

Burkett Trailhead to the north entrance and back. Approx. 19 miles.

Similar Products Used: I believe Abilene and Austin have good trails.
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5
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4
Perry Prudhomme   [Nov 02, 1998]

This trail has something for everyone. It gives you long stretches of pretty singletrack for a good workout and then throws in a good bit of difficult technical sections. There are over 40 miles running by rivers, lakes, and hills. The scenery is great and the town of San Angelo has all the Mexican food you would ever want. It is definately a great weekend getaway.

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5
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Dave Montgomery   [Oct 05, 1999]

A great trail system in the otherwise trailless desert of West Texas. This trail is fast and fun, not much climbing except for short streches. Watch out for sandy areas and dont go of the trail unless your collecting thorns.Look for a Norba race in the fall. The town and the park have about all you need for a weekend trip.

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4
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Platy   [Dec 12, 1999]

This review is for anybody who finds themself in San Angelo due to our old pal Uncle Sam. The singletrack here is sweet and will give you a chance to work your handling skills. Don't go expecting to find killer climbs, because it is West Texas...Hot, Dry, and Somewhat flat. But excellent riding all the same. You will find something for everyone. From technical to not so technical. I mean come on any place that has a trail named horney toad can't be all that bad. The best (and worst) thing about the trails is the fact that you can go out on a beautiful day, spend hours out there and not see a soul...

Customer Service

Any, they're all good. But find your way to the rolloer coaster trail, for the real fun.

Similar Products Used: Only other advice bring PLENTY of water!!!!!!!!!!!
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