Love to cycle rural roads? Need an easy weekend, or day trip close to home? Prefer solitude to the hustle and pollution of city traffic? Donít want to buy a book?
Here is your solution: Take a day or weekend trip to a Texas State Park. Use the campground as your hub. Bike the spoke routes on the rural roads that are provided here. Texas State Parks offer the cyclist camping, safe parking, showers, picnic grounds, water, and restrooms.
Shown are cycle routes for medium to hard core cyclists. Each of the covered parks contains downloadable maps, altitude profiles, Garmin routes, que sheets, food/water sources, and other information that will allow you to enjoy the scenery. Additional information, such as weather, Texas State park page links, and sheriff phone numbers are provided.
All parks covered have camping, showers, and access to rural roads. Some have cabins, fishing, wi-fi, mountain biking, trailer hookups. These additional amenities are listed below. Please refer to the parks website for a full list. Mountain bike trails are nicely covered on the Texas state park web site , and are not covered here.
|Bastrop and Buescher||Bastrop, Smithville||12, 23, 36, 38, 46||canoe, golf, hike, swim|
|Blanco||Blanco||20, 26, 63, 75||swim (river), fish|
|Cleburne||Cleburne||20, 27, 33, 38, 41, 52||fish, swim (lake)|
|Dinosaur Valley||Glen Rose||25,37,41,54||swim (river), Mtn Bike|
|Garner||Concan||27, 50, 52||cabin, canoe, fish, hike, swim (river)|
|Lake Somerville||Somerville||31, 42, 54, 64||canoe, fish, hike, swim|
|Lake Whitney||Whitney||28, 37, 47, 54, 74, 75||canoe, fish, hike, swim, fly|
|Lockhart||Lockhart||32,37,49||basketball, golf, hike, swim|
|Lost Maples||Leakey||57, 61||hike|
|Meridian||Meridian||22, 24, 33, 46, 47, 54||hike, fish|
|Palmetto||Gonzales/Luling||28, 55, 73||cabin, canoe, pedal boat, swim, hike|
|Pedernales Falls||Johnson City||20, 23, 38, 55||hike, swim (river)|
|Tyler||Tyler||Stay tuned!!||canoe, fish, hike, swim, mtn bike, pedal boat|
The driving distance from each park to select landmarks.
|Park, route highlight||Route Distances|
|Buescher SP to Palmetto SP||57 each leg, 114 total|
|Lake Somerville SP to Buescher SP||51 each leg, 102 total|
|Bandera, Garner SP, Lost Maples SP, Kerrville, Bandera||36, 51, 30, 47 over 4 days, 164 total|
|Cleburne, Lake Whitney, Meridian, Dinosaur Valley, Cleburne||45, 38, 32, 24 over 4 days, 139 total|
Notes, chip seal
is a way of life on county roads. Nothing you can do about it.
This site is in no fashion associated with, nor does it receive compensation from Texas Parks and Wildlife
The icon associted with this site was modeled after a bike route marking seen on the Loire river