Cleburne State Park mountain bike trails offer 5.5 miles of beautiful scenery with a variety of challenges for all experience levels. The terrain on the trail is as diverse as the hills. You will experience treacherous downhills, fast smooth flats, and everything in between. The technical and wooded trails form an entire loop that has made this trail one of the favorites for mountain bikers in training or those who enjoy a challenging ride. The trail will test your skills and endurance and is well worth your time! Fishing and boating the clear blue waters of Cedar Lake is a wonderful way to spend the day with your family.
Trina A. on The Seven Mile Loop
Tons of choices from super easy to challenging. The views are amazing. One of my favorites.
Not a trail for small children at all. No markings on most trails so pay attention. The outer loop is along a fence line and that gives simple bearings. The map at the Park office is large and gives some Topo information. Pleasant people good walk.
This page is somewhat misleading. There isn't a trail called the 7 mile loop trail, but if you follow the park boundary, you can get some miles in here. Please also read reviews from the same areas on this page: alltrails.com/trail/us/texas/cleburne-state-park-trail
My trip: I started at the Northern end of the park at the beginning of Coyote run and kept the boundary on my left as I lapped the park clockwise. After Limestone ridge (steep downhill section, exposed rock), I was dumped onto a veritable labyrinth of MTB downhills until I found the spillway, continued south until I found the road near the bathrooms, crossed the road and followed the boundary trail heading back North, again with the fence on my left.
Pros: Lots of ups and downs make for a good workout. Didn't see or hear anyone else, not even mountain bikers (even though I saw their cars). Didn't see or hear any rattlers.
Cons: Not very scenic, I posted a picture of the best view from the trail, but you're in cedar forest 90% of the time, with very few clearings/ecological shifts. This also means cobb webs, I was mummified. Final con is a minor one- trails aren't marked too well and sometimes split and rejoin. Can be disorienting, but it's a small park so no biggy.
John Y. on Cleburne State Park Trail
My wife and I hiked the perimeter of the park in a counter-clockwise direction taking the Camp Creek Loop, Spillway Hiking Trail Coyote Run Nature Trail, Whispering Meadow Trail and Fossil Ridge Trail. We departed from the parking area just north of the restrooms. The distance was about 5.5 miles and took just over three hours including lunch.
In the direction we traveled, there were several steep decents, which were challenging enough for us to recommend that novice hikers should consider in selecting their route. Most of the trail ran along the fence line, which was offensive at first, but after a few minutes we hardly noticed it, and it came in handy when we encountered unmarked intersections. Ignoring the fence, it gave you the sense of being away from civilaization. With the notable exception of the Western border of the park which runs along a lime quarry and which presented some unsightly views. We anticipated more views of the lake, and perhaps in winter this is the case, but in late summer, we rarely glimpsed the lake, except near the spillway. The elevation change was listed at 150 feet, but the trail goes up and down this change many times, it was a nice workout.
This was September 10th, and the summer was still fairly hot and dry. The campgrounds were mostly empty, which we did not expect. The park makes very good use of a limited space, with the lake, a nice beach with picnic grounds, hiking and mountain biking. We only met one family and a mountain biker on the Saturday we visited, so it was very empty, on a day with tempuratures in the mid-90s. Did not observe much wildlife on the trail, but saw a Road-runner on the park road on the way into the park.
We enjoyed the trail and plan to return to hike the White-tail Hollow trail in the interior next time we visit. We do recommend this trail for hikers looking for an interesting trail that will present a challenge.