Rocky Hill Ranch - Trail, Smithville, Texas

Rocky Hill Ranch - Trail, Smithville, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Miles and miles of multi level trails. 80% single track and 20%jeep road with lots of creek crossings. The single track winds through oak and pine groves combining quick down hills and technical sections. Trails include 'Off the Lip' 3 miles of rippen dips and twists; Omahar's Howl; E-Z Pickens; Fat Chuck's Demise; Black Trag has The Wall.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 02, 2010]
JH
Cross Country Rider

The land owners has taken over operation of the ranch. He is planning to improve the camping areas with showers and restrooms, put the water stations back in operation on the trail, rebuild the saloon and cafe into more of a general store with the things you might need while visiting. We are pressing them to bring back the "Rocky Burger" that they originated. Overall good news.

When complete the new website will be www.rockyhillranchtexas.com

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 28, 2008]
TexReign
Cross Country Rider

Update.

Rocky Hill is under new management and the Saloon and Cafe will be re-opening.

The above map is wrong.

Customer Service

Ride it ALL. You can ride up to a twenty mile loop if you take the four extra-credit loops along the way. More trails are in the planning stages.

Similar Products Used:

Bluff Creek Ranch - Warda; Barton Creek Greenbelt-Austin; Walnut Creek-Austin; Muleshoe Bend Park-Spicewood; Madrone Trail-Canyon Park, Canyon Lake.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 05, 2007]
NO TALENT
Cross Country Rider

Great trail! Loved the rolling, twisting singletrack through the trees. Probably crossed a creek 25 - 30 times. Much different than the Arizona riding I am used to. Although it is far from everywhere I can't wait to return even after my trip to the ER. I attempted "The Wall" (the wall won).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 25, 2005]
DIS
Weekend Warrior

Great mix of smooth rolling singletrack through the woods, large gravel trails and roads, quiet pine needle paths in forest. Some fast and straight trails, some twisting and turning trails, some tough climbs and fast downhills. Great way to spend the day and ice cold beer and great burgers at the saloon after a quick outdoor shower - who could ask for more?

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 19, 2004]
rmick5061
Cross Country Rider

I am one of the new proprietors at Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, Texas. We have a new map availble at http://www.boomersrockyhill.com. The original 3 water stations are being restocked, and we have added a 4th at the 9 mile bail-out on Miracle Mile at the Power Line. We are open at 7am on Friday through Sunday, at noon on Thuresday, and we can open at other times if you call 512-633-8778. The Saloon is open for burgers and beer, and its new manager is bringing in acts like W. C. Clark and Billy Jo Shaver.

Customer Service

Take two laps from the shop down to front gate for a little warm up. Up Milk Jug Hill past Easy Up onto Drop Zone. Stay right in the Campground to Gray's Way and Ike's Peak. Up Fat Chuck's Demise to Water 1. Right at Fenceline, left on to Karaway. Easy Pickens to the road. Off The Lip (past 6 mile bail out to the road) and left at the road to Water 2. Left fork to Longhorn Loop. Right at the "T" to stay on the "Big Loop". Right at the 10 mile bailout to go on Tris Cross, then right again at the 12 mile bailout to go on Omar's Howl. Left at the Road and through the Hay Meadow to Tunnel o' Pines and Water 3. Left on Coyote Run, then Left onto Pine Pin to go back to Avenue of the Pines. Pat 12, 10 and 9 mile bailouts to Water 4, and then down Miracle Mile to the road and Water 1. Down Hard Boil to Mini-Me Option, and then take the right fork to The Wall. Down Gray's Highway to the Campground and out the road to the run behind Excalibur. Sprint into the field and avoid the mesquite thorns.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 24, 2004]
viper11
Cross Country Rider

Actually this our second time in Rocky Hill, The first time we came here it rained a few times that week and turned Rocky Hill into Muddy Hill, we could not even get up Fat Chuck's first hill. The mud the accumulated in our bikes was unbelievably thick and heavy mixed with stones, rock & roots and God knows what else.. But the second time was a charm. Rocky hill in Texas is a mountain bikers playground. It starts off with a grueling climb called Fat Chucks demise, Believe me you will suffer. What it is is a series of four hills I think and littered with stone rock and roots. Traction is nearly impossible going up these hills but Ive heard folks that have conquered this ba#$tard. After that the trail winds around through a pine forest, meadows open pasture etc. It is long and the signs can be confusing. I recommend starting out in the morning but not very early because you will end up with a lot of spider webs in your face. Have somebody else clear it up for you first. After Fat Chucks, Karaway is a meadering single track through bush and pine trees, easy pickins lives up to its name then omars hollow. We got separated up to this point and I ended up doing only a nine mile loop. Blac trac and the Wall came near the end which was a bit technical but doable if you still have the strength from here you'll find your way back to the saloon. Rocky Hill is pretty long but not as well maintained as Bluff Creek. I gave it a 4 in aerobic difficulty only because of its length and Fat Chucks. Lastly, bring at least 80 oz of water or Gatorade because you will need it.

Customer Service

Start out at Fat Chucks so you can get it done and over with. Then make a right on to Karaway and so on..

Similar Products Used:

Bluff Creek Ranch

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 06, 2004]
dmack9
Cross Country Rider

Dam that was Fun! I road every trail they had some of them twice. Great trail layout Great Bar and Dam good Burgers. I road so long I got monkey butt, I should have had butt butter. Anyway it was fun, Start at the bar or the upper camp site bring water If you ain't use to hills bring a lung Machine. Ride your ass off and have a good time. There is a map at the door. http://www.rockyhillranch.com/

Customer Service

Any Trial,On any Bike is a Good Day

Similar Products Used:

Warda, Huntsville, Memorila Park, West Virginia,and yes even cypresswood all though it is not very long, if you get the lead out of your ass it could be very fun.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 19, 1998]
George

A group of us middle-aged novice bikers spent a fun-filled day riding the roads and the first two intermediate singletrack loops. We took the advice of the staff at Rocky Hill and did not even attempt the technical section which contains Fat Chuck's Demise. We were a bit over our skill level on the intermediate trails, but we survived with a minimum number of spills and two excellent endos. This is a beautiful thickly wooded area with very tight squeezes between the trees, fast short downhills into small creeks, and short climbs up the other sides. Slick roots are a definite hazard. We rode Rocky Hill the day after a good rain and did not have problems with mud. However, the creeks were running blood-red with granite silt following the rain, and all of us had to disassemble our hubs and lower brackets for a major cleanup when we got home. That granite dust is like jeweler's pumice if it isn't removed, and it gets into everything. Our gang of desert rats gave Rocky Hill two thumbs up even though it's a hot, humid place for more than six months a year. It's conveniently located for riders from the major metropolitan areas of Texas, but, regrettably, a long way off for us West Texas flatlanders. There is excellent cheap camping at the nearby Bastrop State Park. The ultra hokey headquarters/saloon at Rocky Hill is a hoot! Sort of what Lajitas would be like if it had trees and grass. My recollection is that we paid about $7 per person for a full day of riding.

Customer Service

From Austin, take U.S. 71 to Smithville, then go north on Texas 153 and follow the signs.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 17, 1999]
john fish

What a great trail. Not as technical as the Barton
Green Belt but be prepared for the first couple of
hills because they are killer. After that, a variety
of trails exist all good and mostly intermediate. They
are easy enough to take a beginner but when ridden
fast can become difficult.The best part is that the
the roller coaster like trails through the pines and dry creeks make this the most fun ride around. The cost
is $6 but well worth it as the trails are well marked,
water stops are plenty if you run out and 1 mile from
the end is a sign proclaiming 1 mile to an ice cold
Shiner. The Shiner and jalepeno cheeseburgers on the
porch really cap off a tremendous ride. This is truly
a trail that is fun for both aspiring beginners and
seasoned pros. The begginers can park at the campground
and miss most of the big hills at the beginning.

Customer Service

just head to bastrop and stop in Smithville

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 27, 1999]
Stephen Harris

Great intermediate riding. Six Bucks gets you in the gate...helmets are required. Pay at the roadhouse. The main difference about this location as opposed to others near Austin, Rocky Hill's terain is more East Texas than Hill Country. Rocky Hill is red dirt and pine trees, whereas Austin is limestone and cedars/oaks. Decent hill climbs on dirt logging roads to get you breathing, yet fun, meandering single track that make it all worthwhile. Once you get back into the pines, the winding, needle covered single track, takes you through series of small stream crossings and gentle whoop-tee-doos. In our group we had a novice, intermediate, and an intermediate/advanced. We all stayed together and had a great time. Not the most technical of rides, in comparison to some of the other rides near Austin, but great fun for any level of rider. I will have to agree with previous comments...the Shiner Bock and Jalepeno Cheeseburger at trails end did it for me. A great way to end a great day of riding.

Customer Service

From Austin, take 71 to Bastrop and then on to Smithville. Take first Smithville exit. Go Left under highway. Roughly one mile past entrance to State Park.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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