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cameron park

Average Rating:    (4.52 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

this series of trails rocks. for waco being a flat town, cameron park has some of the most techinal downhill i've done. it rises a couple of hundred feet above the brazos river and rockets down hill. also has trails going along the river, all we rode were absolutely great.
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Latitude
31.58701709422325
Longitude
-97.16209888458252
Trail Directions
from dallas/ft.worth take I-35 south to Waco. once in waco, exit university parks drive, follow this al the way into the park. you'll see signs saying that you'r in cameron park. follow the road up the hill and park in an approite place. look arround, this is a huge park, and you'll spot a trail almost everywhere.
Trail Length
14+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Waco
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Review Date
July 20, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jacob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
About thirty or so miles of tight, twisty, rocky, root-y, singletrack glory. Waco is my home, and I love it all the more for Cameron Park. The park has something for everyone (River Trail, Picnic, Webber Run), but it also has much to offer for the advanced XC/Trail rider. Trails like Erect, Cliff's Cliff, Baseball, and Johnny offer technical and HR-boosting climbs, or they'll put a smile on your face as you descend. One of my favorites to run top to bottom is Shyst--flowing and tight, this trail rewards you for leaving your hands off of the brakes. At the McClennan County College end of the park, Highlander and Halebop offer very technical climbing and twisting DH, respectively. The great amount of shade equates to heaps of humidity, but it's nice to avoid the blazing Texas sun. The Waco Bicycle Club and Cameron Park rangers do a fantastic job of maintaing the trails, although it does get a little overgrown in the spring season. There is poison oak in the park, but it's mostly off of the trails. My first time to get a rash was after I went off-trail and crashed down a hillside. There are quite a few restrooms and places to rest in the park, all with water fountains.

Recommended Route:
California 56 to Kite to Colorado to Erect to Vortex to Baseball to Powder Monkey to Webber Run to Mix Master to River Trail to Act of Faith to Tar Hill to Shyst to Sidewinder to California 56 to Root Canal.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Reveille Peak Ranch, Solavaca Ranch, North Shore, Dinosaur Valley State Park



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Review Date
May 9, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Mike Hanson ,  Racer

Summary:
I have always wanted to ride this trail and got the chance this past weekend..
I live in Tyler and the state park is my 'home trail' that i compare others to...
This is an awesome trail frankly...someone obviously spends alot of time maintaining it because it was perfect when i rode it..
It is mostly black dirt and white rock and compared to my home trail it was smooth and fast w/o alot of roots.
The trails are marked just like ski slopes...green, blue, black and double black.
If it says double black there is a good reason why..they are rideable but barely.
The park is very clean and there are maps at may locations..however it will take a couple trips to figure out the best route without doubling back.
I would highly recommend the drive out and plan to go again soon.



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Review Date
July 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pangster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail system is like a roller coaster. I rode it once for the TMBRA race series in 2008 and had such a blast on it. I was giggling like a little school girl. I keep meaning to come back but didn't get a chance until this year. luckily for me a rider in the parking lot handed me a trail map before i took off. in came in very handy since there was so much trail to get lost in. for northern texas, there's a good amount of climbing.

Beware there is a lot of construction going on and some of the trails are hard to find. you'll have to ride down the roads and keep an eye out for them

map: http://www.waco-texas.com/userfiles/cms-parksandrecreation/file/Cameron-Park-Trails-09.pdf

Recommended Route:
definitely ride the vortex (this is where i was giggling) and slinky loop. i wish i knew what the race course loop was because it flowed really well. the green trails are all sort of boring. i'll keep to the blue and black ones.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
northshore, bar h, solavaca



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Review Date
November 17, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: eckarsp ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I moved to the Waco area this summer and I have been riding the Cameron Park trails about 4 months. Speaking as an experienced rider, I definetly have enjoyed the trails. There is some good climbing and as much technical singletrack as you want. The trails are well maintained and you're never far from a main road.
If you use a map (LBS has them free) you can't get lost. Without one, if you're new to the trail, it's easy to get turned around. Unlike the trails I'm used to where there is one main route and many shorter offshoots; this trail at first seemed like a spaghetti bowl with trails going all over the place. After a few rides, though, it gets much easier to navigate through them.
My only complaint is regarding the lack of "beginner" level trails. My 8 year old son rides with me and the trails where we moved from had something for kids/true beginners. There's not much here and truthfully, my son gets a better 'cross workout than MTB workout. He doesn't have quite the ideal gear selection, but even if he did there is so much stuff that's beyond his skill level. I have to give him credit, though; he keeps coming back for more.

Recommended Route:
Any way you want

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Don't know any other yet....



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Review Date
June 13, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jkish ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I've ridden all of the trails in the surrounding Dallas area and this trail blows them all away. The park itself is beautiful and well maintained. There's also a great frisbee golf course as well. The trails have some of the nicest scenery I've seen in Texas.

This trail system has more than enough for everyone. A very scenic super easy trail (River Trail) goes from one end of the park to the other between a 200+ sheer rock cliff and the river. Interspersed along the way are are several trails that branch out all over the place that range from beginner to expert. There are a lot of very hilly technical trails with rocks, roots, switchbacks and ledges that will challenge both skills and fitness.

Most of the trails are marked with the trail name and level. In my opinion several are underrated. There was one extremely steep 100' descent with logs, roots, and boulders along the way that was rated single diamond that was crazy.

Cameron Park is great for the explorer type because of the way the trails branch out. Your never far from a road or the main trail along the river so it's difficult to get lost. Just pick one and go. There are surprises around every corner.

It is well worth a several hour drive to Cameron Park. I'm definitely going back.

Recommended Route:
Here is a map that my be outdated but may prove useful. http://www.waco-texas.com/city_depts/parks/Cameron3orig.pdf When I go back I'm going to take this route to cover as much of the park as possible: Park anywhere near the entrance and head to the river. Go west and get a warm up on the easy River Trail, following it through the Rhino and Hale Bopp trail. This will take you to the opposite end of the park (Lovers Leap). Go behind the baseball field and follow the trails, keeping right, all the way around the park. You'll end up back near the beginning. Take a break, eat lunch or whatever. Go back down the River Trail and go exploring the trails that branch off for the rest of the day.



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