Fort Worth, Texas, is a popular city for people who love the outdoors and enjoy staying active. You can find a number of places to get outside and soak up the sunshine, including a series of trails open to mountain bikers. If you're dying to get out and ride, take a look at a few of the best biking trails in the Fort Worth area. 

Trinity River Trail

MT Bike Trails in FT Worth

Image via Flickr by Rainier Mountain Bikes

Located within Gateway Park, the Trinity River Trail is an easy option for those who are just learning to mountain bike and those who want to take it a little easier. It's part of the Trinity Trails system that spans over 100 miles along the Trinity River and its tributaries.

This trail is open to walkers, runners, horseback riders, and bikers, so keep an eye out for fellow users when you're on it. When you're on the trail, keep to the right and pass on the left, and avoid blocking the path. Those on wheels must always yield to those on foot.

Marion Sansom Park Trail

Another popular place to ride in Fort Worth is the Marion Sansom Park Trail, which includes a series of interconnected loops that wind through a wooded area of the park. Along the 11-mile trail, you can stop at the scenic vistas to enjoy beautiful views of Lake Worth. This trail is rated at intermediate to expert level, depending on where you ride. The main rim loop is intermediate, while most of the feed-off trails from that area are expert. 

It's best to go clockwise along the trail, beginning at Thunder Road and navigating to Rocket Loop. From there, you can go to Candy Bar to Jojo's to Gangster to Skyline. Additional stops include Thunder Road, Dam Drop, and Lone Wolf Loop, ending at the trailhead parking lot. The five trail bypasses off the main trail include the Grass, Rocket, Jojo's, Gangster, and Skyline loops.

Knob Hills Bike Trail

Another spot to ride your bike is along the Knob Hills Bike Trail, which is a loop that spans 10.6 miles in length. When riding along this trail, you'll be next to a lake for most of the experience. It's rated as moderate, and you can ride on it throughout the year. However, if the conditions prevent use, whether due to flooding or heavy mud, you won't be able to make it around the loop. 

Along the way, you can stop at the picnic area or take in the lakeside sights. The trail's elevation varies and offers impressive views of plant and animal life that call this area home. During certain times of the year, this spot features a number of wildflowers growing next to the water.

Cleburne State Park

In nearby Cleburne, which is about 30 miles from Fort Worth, you can explore Cleburne State Park from the seat of your mountain bike. Within the park, you'll find approximately 5 miles of challenging terrain, which includes wooded and technical trails for more advanced bikers. The trail is a loop and also features fast flats and treacherous downhills, so be aware that these may come up unexpectedly along the path. 

Cedar Hill

Local mountain bikers also enjoy Cedar Hill, a spot where experienced riders can take part in more intense sessions. It sits about 30 miles outside of Fort Worth and includes more than 15 miles of trails spread over the 1,200-acre park. Although four main trails exist within the park, only Dorba is open to both mountain bikers and hikers. The others, including Talala, Duck Pond, and Overlook, are only for hikers. 

In order to prevent erosion and damage, the trails within Cedar Hill close when they get too wet due to heavy rainfall. You can call 972-291-3900 to find out the status of the trails before you go. 

The Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association played a key role in the creation of the Dorba biking trail, working with the management of the state park to design and construct a trail that would appeal to both hikers and bikers. The trail includes three loops that pass through wooded areas and include ups and downs and twists and turns, for an exciting and challenging ride.

Dinosaur Valley State Park 

If you want to ride alongside centuries-old dinosaur tracks, visit Dinosaur Valley State Park in Glen Rose. This park houses 9.5 miles of mountain biking trails that run through areas known for incredible tracks from some of the world's largest creatures. Most of the trails are challenging, although several areas are classified as easy. You do have to pay a $5 fee to access the state park.

Post-Ride Fare

After a challenging ride, you may feel your stomach growling for something to eat. Luckily, several restaurants in and around Fort Worth offer healthy fare to help you stay on track with your fitness and health goals. Grab gluten-free bowls, smoothies, salads, wraps, or sides at Unleavened Fresh Kitchen, or unleash the flavors in the cauliflower tacos with al pastor sauce, charred pineapple, and jalapeno salsa at Sundown at Granada. No matter what you're craving, you can find something tasty to enjoy after a trail ride. 

Finding the Right Vehicle for Your Bike 

Whether you're an avid mountain biker or a casual participant, you need a vehicle that can keep up. Subaru models are perfect for bikers because they are available with equipment designed to help owners carry their bikes and other essentials. The company has also received national recognition for its dedication to the community through the Subaru Love Promise, which represents the vision of respecting all people and their desires. 

Through the Subaru Love Promise, this automotive manufacturer shares its love for the earth, animals, and learning, as well as its willingness to help and care for others. At Hiley Subaru of Fort Worth, we're equally dedicated to this mission and have formed partnerships with local charitable organizations and nonprofits. If you're shopping for a model that can keep up with your biking adventures, visit our showroom to check out our selection of Subaru vehicles.

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