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Call for trail conditions 799-5544 Ext. 1
Chris, are you riding out there?
What's it like out there?
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It is not particularly technical, but there are options for you to do some longer riding than you can at Long Hunter. Certainly not as rocky, though. The trail is maintained by the city of Fairview I believe and that is why the charge for coming from out of town. Additionally, the rangers will check on your status if it is particularly hot. I like it out there, although it is pretty easy compared to most trails - but it is closed a lot due to conditions.
If you are looking for technical, this isn't the place. If you are looking for a longish ride (or potentially doing a couple of loops) - you might like it.
Its a matter of taste.
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Also, unless things have changed, they will close the trail if there is one puddle, even in the summer. They have a distorted view of "too wet to ride" in my opinion. I don't know the number, but you should call the hotline to make sure it is open before going out there.
This is a good beginner trail. There is also an ultra beginner trail that is an old jeep road loop about 1/2 mile long. The creek crossing is treacherous. I have heard so many tales about riders slipping down on that crossing. Flat super slick rock, and pretty wide.
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Just rode there and all the trails are dry and in good shape. Rode around the inner loops for a bit then did the perimeter. Good place to get a workout for someone like me trying to get back into biking shape.
Hello. New member here, who has ridden Bowie a couple of times over the past week with the family. The trails are in great shape. I was actually very suprised on Wednesday when they were open after a decent rainfall the night before.
I spoke with the park ranger there named Rob, who said that they are very aware of their "reputation" of closing the trails too quickly and are intent on changing that. They are also looking to open more biking trails in the park.
It is a very thin staff at the center. The trails are actually maintained by the Public Works Dept. in Fairview. They are very responsive, as the head of the department is a large supporter of the center. They have also added some new trail signage to help with directions.
The perimeter trail is a very fun 4.5 mile ride that isn't very technical, but is a great ride, especially for those just moving forward and trying to get their legs under them.
Went out and rode all the bike trails and walked the rest yesterday and all were in good condition.
Got it all on Google now so with the bike layer on it is ease to see what is ridable. http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=35.97...&z=16&lci=bike
Alright, I am so desperate to get off the road and ride dirt I called the park (615-799-5544 Ext. 1). There was an updated message this morning, the trails are open to mountain bikers. It looks like I will be going after work, Mont Bell is too far for me after work.
This time of year the ticks and mosquitos are bad there so bring some spray!
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