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Rowlett Creek Preserve

Average Rating:    (3.95 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 60

Built in 95, it has tight and windy singletrack. Very tech. which includes 15in. diam. logs to climb,very steep drop-offs and uphills,very well maintained by D.O.R.B.A.,beautiful scenery. It is the most tech. trail in Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Once you master this trail, all others are a breeze.
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Latitude
32.920015811868865
Longitude
-96.5949296951294
Trail Directions
I635E to Centerville Rd. Go N. down Centerville about 7 miles. Turn right when you see the sign.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Garland
Web Address
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Review Date
June 26, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Randy Johnston ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This series of trails is great fun, but it has several downright dangerous sections where you can get badly hurt (or die). Trail 14 has two creek crossings with steep drops. Miss your line and you go into the creek and over the bars at speed, risking serious neck or back injuries. Trail 10 has a series of loop-te-loops, but the first one sends you up towards a dangerous cliff that you cannot see until you are right on it. Come up too fast or out of control and you are going off a 20 ft.cliff into the creek. There is also one more assent on the back side of 10, just before Glen's Wall, off to the side of a simple travel-track. Unmarked but for the trail, it invites you to swerve left and climb, but it leads to a short assent that dead-ends at a dangerous cliff you cannot see in advance also. Scout these sectons before you try them. But for these sections, intermediate riders can have a blast here.

Recommended Route:
One to seven to fourteen. BAck to one, then one-A to eight, nine, eleven, ten and back home on eight and one. About 8 or nine miles, less than an hour and safe, but for the above dangers. Twelve and thirteen are technical, with lots of broken concrete to scare the bejeebers out of you. Two, three, four, five and six are child safe and easy.



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Review Date
January 24, 2013

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: Anthony ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have been systematically trying out every trail system in DFW. I have to say I love this place. Each loop cascades off the next so if you keep taking the left path you can push at least 17-19 miles. Everything south of the parking lot is tame for the most part. North has a couple if loops (13 and 14) that can get crazy. The paths are well worn and wide, mostly hard packed. It has a few wet creek crossings, best taken at speed and buzz saw through so not to get too wet. Never encountered any sand and very few loose rocks. jagged concrete and log obstructions keep it interesting along with rolling hills. There are some straight aways that skirt fields, a good time to practice your pedal pacing. Over all this system is in my top 3. I will be going back again and again.

Recommended Route:
from the parking lot located at Castle Dr. and E Centerville Rd. go north startig at the trail head info board, keep taking every left you can to check the entire system out. some sections are not that obvious, if it remotely looks like a trail, take it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
grapevine northshore, cedar hill.



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Review Date
June 11, 2010

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: RecklessTX ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The trail is approx 15 miles consisting of 14 loops, 4 water creek crossings, several bridges some over air,land and streams to allow for riding not long after a rain.
The north side is more technical once you get passed loop 1 with off camber climbs, good climbs, double hills, big drops, rocky technical on 13 and a fun jump on loop 8.
The south side is great for family's as is loop 1 on the north side with flat treed and open fields with the option of as much speed as you want just be prepared for the turn you don't see. There are also some small hills and tight corners.
The loops numbers don't go in order you can go from 1 to 7 to 14 to 8 and that be a normal thing the numbers were added as the trail has expanded. Overall a beginner to intermediate place for all types of riders to have an enjoyable ride.
My average for the whole trail is about 1h25m with a good heart rate.
This trail is super maintained as are most of the D.O.R.B.A trails but this one takes the cake if there is a problem somewhere give the steward a day or so and problem solved or plan formed.

Recommended Route:
As a general rule of thumb if you take the trail to the left you will start the next trail if you go right you will be on your way to the trail head.



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Review Date
November 1, 2008

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: AngryDentist ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I love this trail, pretty new to the sport. I have ridden all the routes on this trail and must it is a blast. It is very well maintained, has a lot of twists, close proximity tree's, small drop offs, great decents across creeks then climbs and great open sections for some speed. Trial 13 and 14 are my most favorite, seem to be the most technical too. 13 is a great rocky trail and 14 is just plain fun with all the crossings. I give it 2 thumbs up for the cleanliness and upkeep. I do mostly the north side south side was great for going thru with it with speed for aerobic workout. Something for everyone and what I hear probably the best dfw has to offer in trails. Also local families that ride this trail usually go and clean it up regularly, thanks Lin and Jen, you guys rock.

Recommended Route:
If you want some fun and what I hear a relatively high technical level 14 and 13 are the bomb.



Comments
phoneman (12/16/2008)
Whats this trail like after it rains? Here in tyler we can ride the state park as soon as it stops. but i seem to remember a lot of sticky gumbo mud at rowlette.
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Review Date
August 3, 2008

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: jeffhallman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is my trail of choice in the Dallas area, plus it's the closest to me (~8 miles from where I currently live). I ride this on a hard-tail with no problems. It has a little bit of everything, and the trail is well maintained. There are many loops and alternate routes, so you can decide what you want to do (or not do). Total trail length is about 15 miles now, and the crew is continually working on it.

The newest loop is 14, and I think it is the best loop out there now since it has some tight ups-and-downs, and some steep descents into creek crossings which then go to uphill climbs. The north loops are most challenging out there, and the south loops are pretty flat but let you work on speed. Since most of the trail is in the woods, there is hardly ever any breeze.

You will see people of all skill level out there. You'll see kids on BMX bikes, people with their dogs, and trail runners. Overall, I'd rate this trail 8 out of 10 and would recommend this trail over any other in the Dallas area. I wish there were some more climbs and aerobically challenging sections.

Recommended Route:
North loops (1, 1a, 7-14)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Check out http://www.dorba.org



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