Faulkner Park is a series of five loops Hoot and Hollar is Loop A, Blackberry Patch is Loop B, Sleeping Giants is Loops C and there is a nature trail that circles most of the park as well as a service trail. The trail has something for all levels of riders and most difficult challenges have an easy way to bypass them. Overall there is not much in terms of elevation change, but the trail layout is good and the space is used very efficiently. If you are in the area it is definitely a fun way to spend a couple hours. There are also scheduled group rides put on by the Tyler Bicycle Club, details and schedules are posted on there website: http://www.tylerbicycleclub.com/
This is a fun trail to ride even though it is not that difficult! It is about 6 miles of of relatively flat singletrack that flows really well!
Faulker Park is officially getting bigger! They are adding an additional 6 miles for a total of 12 miles. This is a good one for the kids to break into mountain biking, my 6 year old and 9 year old ride it regularly. Its also a good trail to go fast on, which means you can get two full runs in about a hour and a half. Well maintained, soggy after a rain, slight odor on the backend (you will know why when you see it). Well worth it if you are staying in Tyler or just passing through.
This has been my favorite trial in Tyler so far. I've only been riding for about two months, on a moddified trek navigator and I was just fine on this trail. I will state, that Large knobby tires is a must on this trail; it has a lot of sand traps and the extreme heat and lack of rain has only made it worse. I've done the two easy courses at Tyler state park, but this trail had a lot more obstacles that were a lot of fun. Such as ramps, bridges, and various pathes to take (while on the same trail) that had different levels of difficulty. For instance, I brought my girlfriend a long (her third time going) when we got to certain obstacle, she would go the easy way (left for example) and I would go right (for a more challenging way, like a steaper climb or something). The day we went, it was about 105 degrees. She wasn't properly hydrated so we called it quits about 2 miles into it. Although the course has only one trail (unlike Tyler state park which has an easy novice and difficult) you do not have to complete the whole thing to exit. There are exits along the trail. For instance, roughly 2 miles into it you can exit by using a little trail that extends off and takes you to the main road. I didn't see any markings throughtout the trail or for this exit, but it was a clear trail. It will bring you back by the entrance to the MTB trail. This was a huge plus for us. We also got to chat with another group, everyone was very friendly. We noticed security on the main road, which was nice to see considering we have heard reports that this park used to have some safety issues after dark.
This trail rocks. It reminds me of being young and riding my bike on game trails through the woods behind my house. It's not very difficult but has a sort of over the river and through the woods feel to it, the way good singletrack should. Everytime I have gone out I have experienced mud in some places and sand in others which can be fun depending on your mood. Somedays you need a good mud bath, you know? Anyway, after riding this the first time I never had any questions about trial route, as it is easily readable. There are several obstacles off trail which are fun and challenging including a pump track area and many log features. The parking lot can sometimes be muddy and is pretty rutted out but I have always felt safe leaving my car there for night rides, and been Safe as well.
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