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Bonham State Park

Average Rating:    (3.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

The trail is twisty through mostly pine/cedar wooded area with some open field sections. The terrain is mostly rolling type hills only one short steep climb. Technical it is not that hard, but it does have a few drop-offs, small logs to hop over to make it fun.
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Latitude
33.50475906922608
Longitude
-96.6796875
Trail Directions
From Bonham take SH78 south to FM271. Take FM271 east for about 2 miles to Park Rd 24. Take Park Rd to HQ and park. The start of the trail is back at the park entrance.
Trail Length
7+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Bonham
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Review Date
December 16, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jason M. ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
My guess is that this trail has come a long way since the last reviews posted on MTB review. DORBA has now adopted this trail and is very involved in its maintenance. When I rode the trail, it was well maintained. It was not overgrown, as previous reviewers had stated. It also appeared that the trail has been worked on recently with evidence of erosion repair. I am sure the problems listed in the past reviews have been corrected with DORBA helping maintain the trail.

This trail is a beginner to intermediate level. It is challenging enough to be a good ride for people of any skill set. It is easy enough that you should be able to take a beginner here, while it is challenging enough for an advanced rider to be entertained. The best way I could describe this trail is if you mixed the challenging and hilly Tyler State Park with the not so challenging and flat Knob Hill in Grapevine, you would have a trail similar to this. It is more or less rolling hills with more change in elevation than you typically find in the city. However, the change in elevation is less than in Tyler. There is enough to get your heart rate elevated while going up hills, while providing some good speed on the downhills. It is also nicer scenery than you typically get in Dallas. At times, the downhills reminded me of a tamer version of Tyler. The flats and rolling hills were similar to Knob Hill.

This trail is probably between 9 to 11 miles long. It is tough to say how much exactly because it can become a maze at times. But don’t worry about getting lost. The main trail is well marked, and you are never far from a park road. There appears to be a lot of side trails to explore if you have the time or inclination.

Overall, this trail is a pleasant surprise. If you need a break from the super technical trails, or are a beginner wanting to ride a more intermediate level trail, this is the place for you. I think you will be surprised how much fun this under-rated trail is.

Recommended Route:
Try it all, and don't worry about getting lost. Try to stay on the M trails and avoid the A’s. The A’s are typically bailouts and shortcuts. The M’s are the main trails and will give you the best ride. Plan to get turned around a bit since there are plenty of side trails.



Comments
TriggerDigger (06/11/2008)
I just rode this today and this review is spot on, especially the part about taking a break from super technical trails. I had a blast and the scenery was stellar!
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Review Date
June 23, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mike , from dallas

Summary:
this trail was a letdown. cute but much of it was overgrown. I'd driven an hour to ride. So i ended up swimming in the lake instead, more fun. Nice locals.

Recommended Route:
don't go its boring



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Review Date
December 19, 2000

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Evan Yeager , from Commerce, Texas 75428

Summary:
The trail is extremely over-grown and rutted. There were several places where trees and limb debris and fallen over the trail and had not been cleared for sometime. Ruts in many areas would be up to the bottom bracket of some smaller bikes. Open field areas had not been brushed hogged. Even during this hot, dry Texas summer the grass was above the tops of my tires. This trail is an example of what can happen to a trail without proper maintenance. The trail was once a great trail and can be again if an active local club adopts it. Call ahead for trail conditions.



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Review Date
September 26, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Fred Hensley , from Carrollton, TX

Summary:
I've only ridden it twice, the first time we kept taking the "a" trails and cut off some good sections. The second time was much better. I stayed on the main trails and had a blast. Fun single track, nothing hairy but gives a good workout if you push it. For people from Dallas, it's like LB Houston with elevation changes and rocks.

Recommended Route:
follow the signs

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything fun



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Review Date
March 1, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mike taylor , from Forney (dallas)

Summary:
kick ass!

Recommended Route:
expert. BRING YOUR ROAD BIKE TOO Bonham is boring town but the skirting farm roads are f'n roller coasters! if yo ulike hillclimbs, get ready to burn! if you like downhills, suffer the uphills and you will be rewarded. Mostly rolling, but much more drastically than say forney or even palestine. Road riding is only boring if you take boring roads or boring bike, just like mtnbiking.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
any you can find ride it!



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