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Johnson Branch State Park

Average Rating:    (3.92 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Tight through the trees and extremely woodsy singletrack. Parts of the trail are extremely rocky and will test your handling skills. Couple dips through the ravines and gradual climbs. Overall, sorta reminds me of the trails in the Ozarks on a smaller scale. Best recommended for intermediate to advanced riders.
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Latitude
33.50475906922608
Longitude
-97.6025390625
Trail Directions
Take I-35 North. Exit 483 onto FM 3002 and go east. Drive past Pecan Creek and Johnson Branch State park entrance will be on the south side. Cost is $3.00 per rider at the entrance. The trail head starts at Dogwood Canyon.
Trail Length
8.8 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate-Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Denton
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Review Date
December 8, 2007

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: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
kudos to dorba.org for maintaing this trail. mostly intermdiate except for red section, then a tuff bouncy ride thru probably 1/2 mile over all of rock gardens.

8,8 mile loop.

excellent map, excellent signage. excellent TH map. get DORBA map at entrance. park map is useless.

others below describe trail well.



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Review Date
June 1, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: christexan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Well, there seem to be mixed reviews on the technical level of this trail. No part of this trail is actually "expert" in it's technical level, however the hardest part consists mainly of long rocky rooty climbs, not terribly steep, just steady 50-100ft climbs up rugged loose terrain, which can wear a rider out after awhile. However this "expert" section is at the farthest end of the trail so anyone who might not be comfortable can easily bypass it beforehand. The "expert" section starts with 2 bunny-hop logs, and those to me are probably the most challenge on the trail (other than a really tight switchback descent into a ditch around a tree, LOL, but even that won't hurt you if you don't make it or need to step off to turn (the shorter your bike the better on these trails).
The entire trail is full of VERY tight twisty wooded sections, crossed occassionally by small ditch sized gullies, but really nothing at all dangerous, one pretty good descent (maybe 10ft) into a gully, but overall, nothing "expert" about the whole system. If you are tired before getting to the red "expert" section though, go ahead and take the last turn before it, because it WILL wear you down.
Final note, if at any point you realize you've bitten off more than you can chew, there is a fire road through the middle of nearly the entire trail, which you can bail out on. Note that some sections of the fire road are actually more fun than the trail, it's in horrid shape, and has some very fast straight descents through terribly rutted rocky loose material, LOL, "road" is an oxymoron, the trail is MUCH better groomed overall (but not as straight clearly).
Overall a fun ride, no real scenery, trees, trees, trees, ditch, trees, it is very unforgiving (this trail and RCP made me cut 1/4" off each side of my handlebars due to not fitting between some trees), some sections go in "V"s between trees where even your pedals don't want to clear, in all it's a lot of fun, just watch your handlebars, there are no real drops or dangers to speak of.
Aerobic rating is based on the expert loop included, otherwise it'd be a 3.
Technical difficulty is a 3+, other than tight turns there is nothing REALLY technical, just a few leg-weary climbs
Overall, 3-4 rating fun, worth the occasional drive, but not all the time.

Recommended Route:
The whole trail is one large loop, with crossovers bisecting for smaller loops, so ride till you are ready to turn around and look for the next loop. Color-coded markers are on the trail corresponding to the trailhead map which is also available online at dorba.org.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grapevine Northshore for more of a skills challenge
Rowlett Creek Preserve for similar fun woodsy riding
Knob Hills for a simple aerobic workout.



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Review Date
April 20, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: alaskaniceman ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Another one of my home trails in the fall and spring. More technical than Isle D'Bois and longer. Trails can be ridden by all levels due to the loops and cutoffs before harder sections. Toughest section technical wise should be rated for intermediate to advance riders. Could be tough for people not use to technical riding or learning to ride with clips.



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Review Date
November 21, 2003

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: christianer1 ,  Racer

Summary:
Video of Trail (bottom of page)

http://www.pedalmasher.com/html/2002.html

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bar H St. Jo



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Review Date
September 22, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bill lumberg ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
In a nutshell, this is a relatively boring trail. A good place to take a beginer or a girlfriend, but not a place for advanced riders. My buddy and I were excited to try this trail this weekend, being one of the only trails within 200 miles of Dallas we hadn't riden. Some of the other reviews label this course as very technical, and advanced. Even the expert loop on this course was about as difficult as an easy section of Grapevine.
I will say there are alot of tight trees that keep you on your toes if your trying to full throtle the trail.

Recommended Route:
None

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Erwin Park off 380 would be In this area I suppose. If your in the DFW area you've probably done it, if not it's a must do...all the tight trees and turns of this trail, with 3 times the fun. More var



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