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BLORA

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

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9 miles (beginners can opt for as little as 2 miles) of very nice singletrack with some fantastic descents that will guarantee better than 30 mph and much whooping and hollering. This is one of the best undiscovered trails that Austinites should visit and support. The Fort Hood Trailblazers do a fantastic job maintaining and expanding this trail. There are showers at the trailhead, which are mandatory after a summer ride. Fantastic!
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Latitude
31.104391331832495
Longitude
-97.52082824707031
Trail Directions
From downtown Austin, go north on I-35 about 45 minutes. Watch for the turnoff when you get to Belton, Texas. Take US Hwy 190 west to Loop 121. Take 121 north to Sparta Road. You'll see a big high school on the left. Turn left on Sparta Road and follow it to FM 439. Cross FM 439 and continue a short distance to the BLORA entrance on the right. Take a right, and drive to the guard house to pay your fee. You'll pass the dirt road to the trailhead on your left on your way to the guard house.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Belton
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Review Date
August 13, 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: John Myrtle ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Longbow trail is an awesome ride...turn up the speed a little and it is great workout. Nice couple of climbs on the far side. Rode this trail twice and have seen 1 rider. You can get a 2hr crank picking the right trails. Quite a break from Georgetown rocks. Showers add a nice touch. This one is on my sched monthly.



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Review Date
June 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bamwa1 ,  Racer

Summary:
Went there early June and had a great time. Don't know why anyone doesn't like it. The map and trail markings were the best I've seen yet (in alphabetical order), and you can cut off trail towards the end and take a dip in the lake. Then after getting hot again on the way back to the car....SHOWERS! We missed the advanced ridge ride cutoff, but that gives us something new to challenge us next time.

Recommended Route:
Get the map at the paystation and follow the letters clockwise.



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Review Date
November 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: capsaicinoid ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Honestly, don't waste your time with this place. It was a bad experience from the very moment I gave my money to the apathetic slugs at the front office. Maybe at one point this was a fun trail. I accepted this as a possibility when actual singletrack appeared. A few sections almost bordered on fun. The rest of it is just a mess. Loose rocks and wandering cattle (squish!). If you are going to make the drive up from Austin, you are better off going to Stillhouse Hollow Lake (Dana Peak Park). Or better yet, keep driving and go to WACO!

Recommended Route:
A left at 190 to Harker Heights (Dana Peak).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dana Peak Park, Cameron Park (Waco), Lake Georgetown.



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Review Date
December 31, 2007

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: NewMexicoGrayHair ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Rode this trail today! The end of the year and the weather couldn't have been nicer. The trail is pretty rocky with a fair amount of loose "baby heads" in the trail. I had a good time and would concur that the upper portion is a little tedious. Lots of snaking around and micro switches.
The drop to the lower portion was nice and the transition to the climb also. The climb was mostly a walk for me. The trail is full of loose rocks and maybe a rider with better technique and conditioning could get up those sections. 9 miles exactly on my computer. A good trail.

Recommended Route:
I followed the large red arrows. After finishing I realized that they are the markers for the race course.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New to the area and am unfamiliar with local trails. Any help would be great.



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Review Date
December 20, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this trail is alive and well. 8 miles of intermediate and 2 miles advanced.

most of trail is intermediate over soil and embedded rock with dozens of small rock gardens. there is no elevation gain for 1st half of trail. the 2nd half has real challenges as you descend and ascend bluffs down to lake. as you cut across the grain you will ride loose scree and baby heads. you must be alert or you will end over. coming up to the bluff from lake level to TH is a real grind.

8+ miles. 75% shade. 200' elevation change overall.

the advanced trails off intermediate trails are hump busting grinds. probably take an expert level rider to navigate devil's backbone. even with dismounts , you will be tired.

2+ miles. 90% shade.
+600' elevation change overall


BLORA(Belton Lake Outside Recreation Area) is administered by FT. Hood , US Army. there is signage at TH that tells you what you need to know regarding admission, etc. $3.00 daily . well worth it.

There is a trail map at TH or park office has trail maps. trails are not all marked but there are makers at all junction so you can easily navigate using free trial map.

also BLORA offers all kinds of activities of all varieties. especially if you want to swim or camp. this would be good spot for a family outing including riding.



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