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Dana Peak Park

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Many different types of trails. From the rocky lake front and hill trails to the hardpack flats. Just started biking there and have hardly been on the same trail yet. Plenty of good climbs to get your legs burning and enough flat areas to get into your high gears and get a new max speed on your bike computer. Can be muddy in the low areas after a good rain but it will dry quickly because of all the limestone rocks and the run-off towards Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
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Latitude
31.031460690599512
Longitude
-97.60871887207031
Trail Directions
From U.S. 190 exit at FM 2410 (where the Heights State Bank is). Continue on FM 2410 past the new Harker Heights 9th grade center and look for a sign on the left hand side of the road pointing right to Dana Peak Park. Turn right on Limestone Trail towards the park and continue on past the first gate as you enter the park. You can park just past the first 10mph right hand turn for free (and if there is enough room) or continue on to another parking area just short of the park or continue on into the park and pay a fee...the choice is yours...
Trail Length
5-10
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Harker Heights
   


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Review Date
August 3, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: visiting ktown ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
nice ride!!! single track is awesome!! hard pack, some loose stuff not bad though. some semi difficult up hill. every skill level will enjoy this!!



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Review Date
March 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Mtbgirl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great park. You can't really get lost as you have the lake on one side and the hills on the other side. The park is longer than it is wide. The big loop,without spurs is around 9 miles. There are a ton of combinations you can add. You can make it super technical (by climbing peaks) or less (by skirting them) Open areas close to the lake tend to be wide, rocky, flatter trails. Up near the hills are nice tree lined dirt single track with Good climbs and more technical.. I feel safe in this park. I've never seen any weirdos. Lots of families and trail runners plus friendly bikers. A local bike group maintains the trails and is always adding new ones. Lots of deer, roadrunners, jackrabbits, etc.

Recommended Route:
I like taking the first left i come to out of the parking area. Keep following this fence line trail and take every left. you will get way into the park up on sides of hills until it ends ina rocky area, then take trail down to the lake and fly on that trail back in will give you a nice circle. Check out strava.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I have not tried Blora but my local bike shop says it's not maintained and a pain with all the rocks.



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Review Date
October 4, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Chris ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The other reviews here are old.. so I will try to give a brief update on the status..

I have been riding here for 2 years and they are currently cutting new trails, the most recent ones added are amazing! The terrain changes constantly from sweeping singletrack through the woods to riding on the edge of the hills and through large open landscapes. The views are amazing and all the riders are nice. I have ridden tons of trails in Texas and this is among my favorites. It really gives you the feeling of being out in the middle of no where. That being said I highly recommend not to ride alone there are now over 30+ miles of trails and it is very easy to get lost and turned around.

I cant get enough of these trails!

Recommended Route:
like other reviews said park by the gate apx 200 yards before the park entrance you will see a large hill to the left and a wide trail right past the gate. continue down this main feeder for half mile or so and take your first left (there is a sign that says no vehicles) keep going following this trail (should follow a fence line for the most part ) it will open up and get very rocky towards the end. Now you will get to a main trail junction where a few trais meet up, there is a wooden stand with metal wire in it where hikers and bikers leave random items for others to check out. from here you want to make a left the trail is called 1-19 or something like that, this trail leads you another 10 miles out i have yet to find a way to work it into a loop so i usually have to back track about 10 miles in. but ive ridden 15 miles down it and its all awesome with a few sketchy sections. I usually end up near stillhouse lake park.. hah makes for a good ride back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
BOLORA is ok... Cameron park is great, wallnut creek and green belt are good as well



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Review Date
August 19, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jumper780 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I live about 2 miles from the trail and ride it 3 times weekly on average. I have been riding it a couple of years now. Now that I know the trail you can definately get 13-15 miles out of one loop if you ride all the spurs and out to the Flinestone Bench. It's definately a flowy trail that you can gain lots of speed on if you want. The climbs aren't too bad (excluding Dana Peak)if you are in good shape. If not, then you will find yourself walking up a few of them. Great views of the lake and surround peaks. The trail skirts the lake quit a bit. Lots of deer and various wildlife on the trail along with trail runners at times. Mostly single track though there are parts of the trail that open into jeep trails.

Recommended Route:
-Park at the bend in the road right before you get to the pay booth (if you reach the pay booth you have gone too far). Look for an intermediate climb right by the bend and hang a right. Just follow the trail and keep making rights. This main loop will give you about 6-6.5 miles. If riding the trail for the first time, I would recommend taking someone that knows the trails with you to show you the full 13+ mile loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
BLORA (about 20 min drive from there)



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Review Date
March 8, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Corp of Engineers Dana Peak park on Stillhouse Hollow lake: 10+ miles of hard pack and rock wind thru dana peak park on stillhouse hollow lake. i would say if you include all spurs, 20+ miles.

the main gate is no closed as they rebuild campground damage in flooding . HOWEVER PARK IS OPEN to mtbr's. simply park a closed gate and ride in. the main trail paralells park road till after entrance kiosk.

trails run everywhere over 6000 acres, but main trail paralells shore line.

there are several peaks you can ride up ..they are expert endurance but not expert technical.

main trails run flat on hard pack and can be ridden at speed. consider there trails beginner/intermediate.

if lake levels rises above average or after heavy rain, trails running closest to shoreline could be muddy or submerged.

all in all a fun fast trail with plenty of distance.

20% shade. no water inside of park or at entrance. campground should open sometime 2009 and will have full amenities.


simple map: http://www.austinexplorer.com/Pictures/ShowImage.aspx?PictureID=1639



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