Cameron Park - TRAIL

Cameron Park - Trail, Waco, Texas

Many miles of diverse trail. Difficult climbs and fast decents. Lots of technical terrain. Not a loop, really, more a spiderweb type layout with multiple options at any given juction. This makes it easy to ride favorite trail sections and try new ones. Have ridden 2-4 times per week for 2 years and never get bored with Cameron. Very diverse trails with lots of singletrack. So much variety that both beginners and experts can be challenged.

User Reviews (44)

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iflythebars   Cross Country Rider [Dec 28, 2013]

This is a great urban trail system. I ride here about once per year (live in Houston). It is well worth the 3.5 hour drive. I rode Cameron Park today and thought I would post my recommended route for others like me who do not ride here much and therefore either don't know or tend to forget the best route. Cameron Park has lots and lots of interconnected trails, so a good route really helps. The route I have posted below hits all the best trails, skipping the not-so-great ones. This is about a 3 - 4 hour ride depending on your skills and fitness level. I have also added some Bonus Routes if you are a masochist like me and either want to hit Highlander the other way, or do the Powder Monkey / Weber Run route a second time (which is has awesome flow and speed).

Customer Service

>Park on east side of the park where Highlander starts and ends.
1. River Trail to Drain Pipe
2. Drain Pipe to Mix Master to Cliff's Cliff (climb)
3. Left on Cedars and Left on first Outback (punchy and rocky) or Left on second Outback (easy)
4. Left or Merge on to Powder Monkey
5. Right on second Weber Run (short climb on first part of Weber Run)
6. Right on Torquer (climb)
7. Right on Slinky
8. Merge onto Kite
9. Right on Vortex
10. Straight into Mix Master and Drain Pipe and Left on River Trail
11. Left on Highlander (Black Diamond with serious climbing)
12 Left / Straight onto Hale Bopp
13. Right on River Trail
14. Right on Drain Pipe, through Mix Master, Left on Erect (climb), Right on Kite
15. Left on short Cross Over trail and cross road (if Buzzard, too far)
16. Straight on Johnnie, then Left on Johnnie, Right on Twin Bridges down to River Trail go Right on River Trail
17. Right on Act of Faith (climb) all the way to Road.
18. Left on Road, Left on Tar Hill or Speed Run, Right on Speed Run to Edge to River Trail
19. Right on River Trail
20. Right on Shyst (climb), Take a Left on every Shyst intersection to California 56
21. Left on California 56 (black diamond, but not as much climbing as Highlander) (follow "Runners Trail" signs all the way)
22. Left on River Trail (all the way back to car, or bonus ride)
23. Bonus 1: Left on Twin Bridges (climb), Right on Drain Pipe and Left on River Trail (back to car) or Left on Drain PIipe, Straight on Mix Master, Right on Baseball, Left on Cliff's Cliff (climb), Left on Cedars and Left on Outback and Left on Powder Monkey to repeat very fun Powder Monkey to Weber Run to Mix Master to Drain Pipe to River Trail to car trails.
24. Bonus 2 (butt kicker): Left on Hale Bobb (climb), Right / Merge onto Highlander (black diamond with strenuous climbs), emerge at parking lot.
25. Cold Beer

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Ranch
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4
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4
jonstoops   Weekend Warrior [Jun 10, 2008]

Something for everyone; smooth, simple, and family-friendly River Trail, tough rocky and root filled climbs, steep descents, and some tight curvy trails. LOTS of shade (a must in Texas during the summer months) and some beautiful views from up top.

Customer Service

FOR FIRST TIMERS here's a locals recommendation.

Intermediate Rider: Down the river trail to the end, right on the MCC loop (use the second drop-in it goes downhill and over a bridge within sight) Follow that to the right, then left up a small climb then you hang right (don't go up Highlander) and loop back along the waters edge. Ride back down the river trail to the Mouth of the Bosque (open park area about halfway down the trail). Make a right up the road for a couple hundred yards till you see Powerline on your right. Up Power line, across a street to Kite/Slinky, hang a right on Kite, ride all the way around till you come back to the same spot, then take Slinky from that same entry point. After the closing climb on Slinky you'll find an entrance to Vortex on your left. ENJOY VORTEX. Vortex drops you into the mix master (a meeting of several trails in the middle of the park, feels like you're in the middle of a jungle). Turn right out of the mix master (down a trail through a sliced tree and over/around a large logset). Ride up to the road, go left up the road 30 yds. to Drainpipe which will take you back to the river trail. Right on the river trail.

Similar Products Used: None. The route I provided is just a SAMPLE of the Cameron Park experience, there is SOOOO much more to ride.
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5
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5
pangster   Cross Country Rider [Mar 18, 2008]

very fast trail system! flows really well with a great variety of climbs and descents. it was rated the best mtb trail system in tx in March's Action bike magazine. i thought they were joking but I was wrong.

Customer Service

i'm not sure. i was out there for a TMBRA race to i rode the route that was marked. but ride the vortex. it's so much fun. i was giggling like a little school girl both on the pre-ride and on the race. i'm coming back

Similar Products Used: I don't know the area. sorry
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5
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4
boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Jan 07, 2008]

can't add much more to below reviews except I LOVE IT.

this trail has something for everybody and plenty for all.



for me it ranks with sansom park as #1 or #2 in Texas.

note: green or beginner trails are best described as "easier" than "easy'. and some parts of 'blue' trails are aerobically 'black'.

in my rule of thumb estimation you will gain an average of 125' to 150' of elevation for every mile ridden.(with the exception of the flat 'river trail'

'outback' to 'powder monkey' to 'mix master' is a great big rollercoaster.

loads of fun, fun, fun....

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5
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5
mccartney7499   Cross Country Rider [Jun 07, 2007]

These trails are about as much fun as you can have on a mountain bike. They're all swoopy singletrack full of dips and drops through lush forest. There's also ALOT of climbing. Bring your legs and lungs to this one. It's smack dab in the middle of the city,but you never notice when you're on the trails. My personal favorites were: Highlander (fun in either direction), California 56 (lots of tight switchbacks and bridges), and the vortex (like a bobsled run for bikes).

Customer Service

First off...get a map. They can be found online, and without one you'll never figure these trails out. I started off by following the course from the Outback Blowout race that was held here which gives you a good tour of some of the main trails. After that just start exploring using the map as your reference.

Similar Products Used: Ummm,no...just keep riding Cameron Park cause it's the most fun you can have on a mountain bike. Duh!
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5
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5
climbbikeskione   Racer [May 02, 2007]

Disclaimer: I just recently moved to TX from the Black Hills of South Dakota...So I am used to rugged trails and big climbs/descents.
With that said this trail system is one of the best I have ridden so far in TX...I do the TMBRA series so I have ridden a handful of the other venues to compare to. I rode the Apr 2007 Highland Outback blowout race course 3 times total and it always gave me a smile...especially the vortex...Let it rip and see if you can get the bike 90 degrees to the ground...it's a trip and a huge grin...even SS rigid. The Rest of the trails are enjoyable as well..I was never bored...great climbs and fun descents, even the flats were fun.

Customer Service

The highlight for me was "The Vortex". It consists of about 4 "S" turns down a relatively narrow gulley utilizing the natural banks for each turn. You can come close to going perpendicular to the ground on most the turns...Super fun and the faster the better...if you want to see pics check out www.commiebike.com highland outback blowout race and you'll see dudes in action...look out for the tree at the last turn...Cheers!

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5
VALUE
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4
Decap   Weekend Warrior [Aug 10, 2006]

The trails here are many, varied, challenging and you can pretty much find whatever difficulty you are looking for. Trails are rated like ski slopes and there are at least 4 maintained Double Black Diamond trails that are more than willing to maim you. None of the trails are terribly long (longest is a few miles at most) but some of the shortest are the most intense. Probably 99% of the trails are sheltered by thick forest, rendering the triple digit summer heat more tolerable. Almost all the trails are bi-directional, but some are impossible or inadvisable to go up.

Customer Service

Vortex is a recent addition and a big favorite...If you want a challenge take a shot at Lil'Lock'Em'Ups, Ho Chi Minh or Thor...Highlander is a big aerobic challenge with mighty steep climbs and great switchbacks, both up and down

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5
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5
utlawmtb   Weekend Warrior [Apr 20, 2005]

Hands down best trail system in the State. Learned on this trail while at Baylor and have since moved to Austin. Nothing else I've ridden in Texas compares. Huge descents, tough climbs, tons of variety - yes in Waco. Well worth the road trip from any destrination in the State.

Customer Service

try as many as possible - marked like ski slopes

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5
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5
The Flying Gordo   Racer [Mar 20, 2005]

I just rode this trail for the first time at a race I had last week. This is a fairly technical trail with LOTS of climbing which made for a grueling race. You wouldn't think you would have much elevation gain in Waco but this trail takes you up and down the side of the same hill about 6 or 7 times so they use what they have to the utmost. Some things I really liked: -You get to see a little bit of everything: steep climbs, fast decents, switchbacks (yes, in Texas), bridge crossings, rocky and rooty in lots of places. -Marked like a ski area (green, blue, black, double black) so you can pick a trail for your skill level. The race course about a 50/50 mix of green/blue and black/double black. -Beautiful site. Set in a nice area next to McLennan community college with some good views from parts of the course. -The new section, Highlander, is pretty fun and mixes in a lot of new features (switchbacks, berms, etc) that you don't find many other places in Texas. I saw some nasty spills here which made for some fun spectating. -Good challenge both technically and aerobically (or anaerobically during a race). There was really only one thing I didn't like. The course really doesn't "flow" well at all and many of the climbs feel very unnatural. Its as if the designers wanted to make it a pure physical challenge. In many places you bolt down a steep descent at 30+ mph only to have to slam on the brakes at the bottom to make a tight 180 turn and then climb back up with no momentum. Makes it more of a fitness test than a test of your skill. This happens all over the place. With lots of blind turns, it is a solid home course advantage to those that know it well and can carry momentum when possible (local expert Jason Sager finished in Top 3 of the Pros right behind Jeff Kabush and Jeremy H-K). The bottom line is this is a good course which offers a wide variety of challenges, especially on the fitness side. I will return again in the Summer and see how "Highlander" turns out once its had more time to mature.

Customer Service

Highlander is the most fun but I also like Colorado and Lil' Colorado. Take an extra energy bar and climb Buzzard and Lean To. Many experts walked at least part of these two.

Similar Products Used: Great trails in Austin including Rocky Hill, Bluff Creek Ranch, and City Park. There's Bar-H in St. Jo and Valley Mills.
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4
VALUE
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5
biga6462   Cross Country Rider [Feb 18, 2005]

Wow I didnt know that how good this trail was till today. It was tons of fun. Great workout, and a great way to improve skills. I would not like to race on this trail, but just do it for enjoyment. Some good technical spots too, and new trail being implemented.

Customer Service

Dont really know the names, but did the entire race trail.

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5
VALUE
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3
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