The multi-use trails are pretty torn up by the 4 wheelers and horses. And unfortunately the LST is still off limits to bikes. That would be nice. I've hiked a lot of the LST, Their are lots of sections that would be fun to ride. Not to mention it's over 120 miles long.Around here, it looks like the Sam Houston National Forest might be a good place to visit.
National Forests and Grasslands in Texas - Sam Houston Multiple-Use Trails
Sam Houston National Forest
Not sure how much of the Lone Star Hiking Trail is closed to bikers, if any.
National Forests and Grasslands in Texas - Lone Star Hiking Trail
Backpacker Magazine - Lone Star Hiking Trail, Texas
Kinda like riding through sand. The spinning ATV tires and horses churn the soil up. Its doable but it wouldn't be much fun on a loaded down bike.By torn up, what do you mean? Bumpy would be okay. Miles of sand, not so much.
Have you ever hiked on the 4Cs trail? I haven't but wondered if it would be smooth enough to ride on.
In the panhandle, LBJ has miles and miles of trails, but that would be a loooong way from me.
What, you aren't going to suggest camping at The Anthills?Ride to Bluff Creek, camp. Ride to Rocky Hill, camp. Ride back to Houston. Best I can think of at the moment...
Yuck. Okay, then.Kinda like riding through sand. The spinning ATV tires and horses churn the soil up. Its doable but it wouldn't be much fun on a loaded down bike.
Have not seen any prohibitions on bikes yet. Might be worth a ride.I have hiked a section of the 4C. It looks like it would be a lot of fun on a bike, The area is hilly and very scenic. Not to sure they allow bikes though.
Thanks for the link. I need to spend some time looking at that.If you want to do a mult-iday trip on a bike in East Texas you may have to consider riding the road a bit.
Davy Crockett NF would be a nice place to ride. Lots of places to camp.
I found a map of the area. Most of the FS roads are gravel and the FM road would be 2 lane tarmac.
Nearby, however, the Piney Creek Horse Camp has 50 miles of trails and bikes ARE permitted.No horses, bikes, or off-road vehicles are permitted on the Four C National Recreation Trail. A portion of the trail traverses the Big Slough Wilderness Area.
Then Piney Creek would probably be a good place. It's SO incredibly sandy out here, though, don't ride here in the middle of the summer. Make sure it's been wet somewhat recently so the sand sticks together and provides a solid riding surface. If nobody's been riding horses here for awhile, recent rains will have smoothed out most of the horse hoofprints. And from what I can tell, most horse riders don't want to haul all the way out here to ride for the afternoon. They'd rather poach the mtb trails in Nac. I have no idea how this place is used during hunting season.my first time out with a 60 lb bike/gear, i should probably stick to flat and boring. Piney Creek might be a good place for a first trip. I'm also thinking about Hill Country State Natural Area, but that is a pretty good drive from here. Thank you for those tips, Nate.
You're never very far from the main park road. The trail system is a stacked loop layout with the loops farthest from the trailhead being the most difficult. This is not a bikepacking venue, but it is a good car camp and ride venue.Never been there. What's it like? How far away from civilization can you get?