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San Angelo State Park

Average Rating:    (4.46 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 26

San Angelo State Park covers 7500 acres and is more than twelve miles in length; there are multi-purpose trails all over the park. There is something for everyone: paved roads, gravel fire roads, and more than 30 miles of singletrack trails. The singletracks range in difficulty from extremely easy to very challenging. The park is located in rugged country along the western shoreline of the O.C. Fisher Reservoir. For solitude and uncrowded trails, this is your place! The few people you do encounter are friendly and eager to show off one of the best mountain bike trail systems in Texas. Depending upon which part of this huge park you ride in, you can spead through the wide open spaces, weave your way among the mesquite and prickly pear, cruise lazily under the pecan tree canopy along the North Concho River, or bash down a rocky technical trail in the "Playground" area. Bring a good supply of water and be sure that your tires have Slime in them. And don't forget that extra tube and tire pump, because you never know when a mestuite thorn will punch through your knobbies. Admire the buffalo herd, but don't even think about crossing over that fence into their part of the park, however, unless your idea of fun is getting gored by 10-inch horns! The park has plenty of improved and primitive campsites as well as some airconditioned cabins. For more information, call the San Angelo State Park, 915-949-4757. Park entry and camping fees are very nominal.
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Latitude
31.466153715024294
Longitude
-100.634765625
Trail Directions
Take Texas Farm Road 2288 off U.S. 67 at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in San Angelo, Texas, and go north; or take Texas Farm Road 2288 off U.S. 87 at Grape Creek, Texas, and go south. Watch for the brown San Angelo State Park signs and enter the park at either the North Shore entrance or the South Shore entrance. Ask the gate attendant for a trail map and directions to the trailheads.
Trail Length
More than 50 miles
Trail Level
Unknown
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
San Angelo
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Review Date
July 8, 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: nate-roth ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Can't say enough good things about this trail system. 40-50 miles of intersecting trails offering hard packed singletrack mixed with typical hill country trails, slightly rocky.

Most trails are intermediate skill level with some opportunities for small climbs and descents.

Trails are well marked and jeep roads offer the weary a quick return to the trail head.

Be advised that due to the Oil boom in the area, motels have gotten expensive at $125+ per night, but the park offers multiple opportunities to tent camp or has RV sites.

Recommended Route:
Parking at Burkett trail head follow Pott's Creek trail to Amardillo crossing onto Turkey Creek, follow Turkey Creek to River Bend, from River Bend you can intersect several great trails.

Grab a trail map and head out.



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Review Date
February 27, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dekoffer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent endurance trail. About 65% easy flat, 25% light to moderate climbing & descending, and 10% short but steep & technical climbing & descending, such as Roller Coaster. Lots of baby heads and all sorts of cactus and other things waiting to take a bite out of you and your tires. There are several water fountains throughout the ride, but bring lots of water, especially in summer. Basic loop is about 26 miles, but there are many shorter options. Print out the map at http://www.friendsofsasp.com/Map1.html It is the best available map.

Watch for rattlesnakes beginning in March through October or so.

Recommended Route:
I start at the north entrance as Bell's trailhead and head about 14 miles to the South end of the park, and have lunch. Then hop on Chaparral Trail and head back to the North end of the Park, about a 12 mile return trip.

It is easy to feel lost out here the first couple of times, but all trails eventually run North and South to either end of the park. So when lost, just pick a trail and stick with it.

I'm an intermediate level rider and it takes me about 3 hours of actual saddle time to complete the 26 mile loop. Lunch and water breaks add in another hour.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buck Creek Trail in Abilene is a nice 12 mile loop. It has several technical features that challenge the intermediate rider and keep things somewhat interesting for the advanced rider. Like all trails in this part of Texas: lots of rock and cactus.



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Review Date
July 21, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: fitchhollister ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Do you like rocks? I'm use to decidius forests with soft soil where your tires can get traction. This trail is full of dry dirt with rocks everywhere. Par for the course in West Texas though.

Other than that the trail is well kept and the park service is friendly. There is a maze of trails so you should deff find someone who knows the trails so you can learn them. Though it is a maze there is plenty of trails and they are well marked once you figure out the routes. The park service will provide a map.



Comments
dekoffer (02/27/2009)
Traction is a problem on several of the steep climbs. I went tubeless a few weeks ago and it has help a bunch with traction, not to mention a smoother ride elsewhere.
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Review Date
January 17, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jumper780 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Really nicely built cross country trail. Not a lot of elevation but a few areas will make your heart pump. This is more of an intermediate endurance trail. I did this trail last summer in the hottest part of the day and went through 100oz of water and only did about 20 miles. Bring a lunch and make it a full day ride. Its worth the ride.

Recommended Route:
Start at south trail head then head north then back to south again.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
-Buck Creek Trail in Abilene



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Review Date
October 15, 2007

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: sckotty ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Excellent trail to get a well rounded ride. Smooth fast flats and a good number of optional technical obstacles. Great for beginners and advanced riders. Many, many miles of single track. There are two trail heads, South shore (Macy’s Store) and North shore. There are few step climbs but you will be surprised, there is a steep, I mean steep down hill (or climb depending on which way you want to go) with either technical tail or jeep road depending on you skill level. Trails may seem a little confusing at first since there are so many off shoots and choices but you will never get board of doing the same tail every time. I lived in San Angelo for some time now, and I am still finding new trails to take. You can do a small 9 mile loop or a 25 mile loop, depending on time. Trail is well maintained and only a small period of the year may a few sections may be overgrown but clears out by mid-end of summer. BRING WATER, I the summer, you may use as much as 100oz in the middel of summer.

Recommended Route:
Roller Coaster, Play Ground, you can get maps form the state park office or online.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Abilene Buck Creek Trail (Must goto Bike Town on North First to get Combo to lock) Best technical trial in this part of TX. Extremely fun if you have a long travel bike.



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