|03-20-2006, 08:41 AM||#1|
Joined: Mar 2006
Adventure in Texas?
I just signed up, but I've been reading these forums for a while. Fortunately, I just purchased a brand new 650DR. I've got no serious off-road experience, but I've been working on that as much as I can. I want to do some beginner adventure riding, like a 3 day camping trip or something, that will let me get a taste of things.
I have some questions, tho. Texas has tons of state parks and wilderness areas, will an off-road motorcycle be allowed there? Several parks have mountain bike trails; same question.
I live in Central Texas, but in a day, I can be almost anywhere in the state. Does anyone have any favorite parks or attractions that they recommend?
I've done some touring on the highway, so I'm used to covering vast distances, and camping from a bike. I'm interested in seeing more of the wilderness with the new bike. Any advice is appreciated.
|03-20-2006, 09:00 AM||#2|
Joined: Aug 2003
Welcome n00b! Do a little searching and you'll find plenty of dirt roads around central tx. Most are west of austin or the i35 corridor. dunno of motorcycle trails in the SPs except in big bend. I think you might get in hot water taking the mountain bike trails. There are some motorcycle trails in austin at city park. More suited to trials bikes though. Check out http://www.twtex.com for more roads, etc. A good map\guide to the best roads is oddly enough called the roads of texas.
Not a lot of single track around, for that you need to head east
A good 3 day trip might involve something like garner state park by uvalde
which gets you close to a lot of nice roads. A nice warm up for a big bend
|03-20-2006, 09:20 AM||#3|
Joined: Feb 2002
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
There's very little true public land in Texas, and the paper today noted that we're 49th in spending on parks. Nice. The short version is... well.. just don't expect Your State Government to help you out here.
You'll be welcome on a moto in most state parks, but you'll have to stay on the roads. Same in the Big Bend parks, but the roads are pretty glorious. Best unpaved opportunities are the zillion county roads, all over Texas. Sure, we all love rattin' around the Hill Country, but there are more dirt roads east of I35 than west. And lots more sand! Ain't that right, Tourmeister? But better get out there quick; we might not have a dime for parks, but we have billions for roads, and we're gonna pave every damn inch.
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|03-20-2006, 09:55 AM||#4|
Joined: Jun 2004
Location: Houston TX & Wrightwood CA
As stated earlier, less than 4% of Texas is government land, it's mostly privately owned and little or none is spent on OHV reccreational areas.
The TWTEX forum and is a good start as mentioned and also check out
http://www.texasoffroad.net/home/ka.php for much more info on riding areas in Texas.
My favorite "dual sport" areas are Big Bend of course, the Llano, Mason
Fredrickburg area ( lots of dirt roads ), and Sam Houston National Forest areas.(trails and roads ) Angelina National forest has some great riding also but the gestapo rangers pretty much make it known they hate motorcyclists in their woods.
There is a AMA national Dual Sport ride in Terlingua Texas in November
every year (almost ) also.
There's a lot to ride out there, go to a bookstore and buy a "Texas Atlas and Gazetteer" and start planning!
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|03-30-2006, 03:47 PM||#5|
Joined: Feb 2005
Big Bend is about 800k acres and has a lot to offer. There are a lot of mild 4WD roads in the park itself. River Road is a good one. Terlingua Ranch is a similarly large conglomeration of land owners just north of BB. It has a lot of 4WD roads and single track paths, but you better have a GPS with you. In either case make sure you take a lot of water with you.
A detailed map of Big Bend is available at the Ranger stations or you can order it on line. It has all the 4WD roads on it. There are also two maps I carry when riding Terlingua Ranch that are available from USGS, the Chiso Mountains and Santiago Mountains maps.
My advice is to do the park. Sign up for the Terlingua Ride in November as mentioned earlier by someone else. It's a blast and it will help you get familiar with the Ranch area. Good luck.
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