Located along the shores of Lake Belton within the Fort Hood military base, the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area is a large park with a swimming beach, waterslide, boat rentals, oh, and one of the best mountain bike race courses in the whole state. Marked with military precision, the trail system is easy to navigate and is intelligently laid out. The main intermediate level course consists of mostly dirt, gravel, babyheads, rock gardens, and roots with a good bit of climbing and dropping. A couple of more advanced loops divert from this, offering some more epic climbs and drops. There is very little ledgework on this course, in general.
This is one of the best trails in Texas. It has extremely varied terrain, including some steep descents and some pretty tough climbs. The trail seems to be progressively harder the further you go, especially if you take the reds. The flow however is excellent. When you get to the jeep road, the trail markings go away so follow the road towards it's end and look for a single track trail off to the left once you come out of the woods.
This place is great, the trail has some markers it that are not on the map you get at the admin office and some times leaves you wondering but eventually brings you around and out to a crazy high climb that zig zags through loose rock and even looser dirt. Best part is you can take the family, let them play at the water park while your out on the trail, meet up with them when your done, take a swim relax and enjoy the rest of your day with your little ones after a great ride. Enjoyed this place completely
There are Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Trails there. We usually take all the Intermediate trails. I was expecting to have to pay an entrance fee to get in but apparently since I'm military I got in for free. Looks like I just found my new hang out. Took us about 2 hours to make it all the way through the 9 or so miles of intermediate trails. There were some really great downhill sections we encountered. Pretty much the first 6 to 7 miles of the intermediate trails were very slight elevation changes, which brings me to the last couple of miles. It was pretty much straight up and switchbacks every 20 feet or so. It was a real smoker. The ground on these steep uphill sections was very soft and allowed for a lot of spinning tires. The vast majority of the trails were pretty rocky and some relatively nice drop offs. Nothing too crazy. There were several sections that looked like it was a wash out area that was just all rock. Those sections made for some interesting stuff. The trail as a whole was very well maintained just the occasional low hanging tree branch or stump in the way, but easy enough to get through. It was an absolute blast. I highly suggest checking this place out if you are close to the Killeen, TX area
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