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“Challenging Trail, and Much More”

Erwin Park Hike & Bike Trail
McKinney, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Challenging Trail, and Much More”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

The trail at Erwin Park is neither flat nor boring. It's not like riding in the Rockies, but for North Texas, it's a nice single-track, maybe one of the better ones I've ridden. Try riding a few days after a good rain for some serious fording across the streams. And for a more challenging course, turn left. The "difficult" section is down the left of the fork over the bridge.
Overnight camping is available, and it's cheap. And there are beautiful, wide open spaces for just enjoying the fresh air or flying a kite.
I give it five stars because this park is vast, and in some places it looks untouched and wild. And yet, you are five minutes from civilization.

Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas, United States
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“Great trails for riding...”
Reviewed 13 July 2013

Don't listen to the little weeny wieners, knocking the place because it is "hot". This is Texas moron, it's the plains in summer, what do you expect? If you can't hack it, move.

I am from Arizona & while this isn't the great mountainous region of the Southwest or even Big Bend, the Chihuahuan or the Trans-Pecos, it is a nice area, wooded with some nice challenging technical single trails. There is riding for all levels from beginner to pro-am & beyond & it's close to home for many.

If you want to meet new people & learn from some really great riders, Cadence Cyclery hosts a Thursday evening ride. Since sunset isn't until 8:30 in the summer, you can enjoy the trails for a few hours after work. The Cadence ride is awesome & Chad, the owner of Cadence, tears the trail up at an amazing pace. Hit up Cadence Cyclery's calendar & come on out for a great time.

Visited July 2013
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McKinney, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
123 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Off-road bicycling at it's best.”
Reviewed 25 June 2013

If you are into off-road bicycling then when you are in the area look this place up.

It's not Moab but still a great place to ride. It has both technical and beginner trails and plenty of shade. Restrooms and water are both available as well.

Visited May 2013
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Dallas, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
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“Great place until temperature gets too hot”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

Erwin park is nestled up in the northwest area of McKinney and we use it exclusively for mountain biking. When the temperature is below 95F, this park is very nice due to the combination of cool, shady riding in the woods and sunny, open field-traverses. When the mercury gets up past 95F, it's best to ride this trail early morning or late evening.

The most challenging obstacles riding here are large roots, especially on climbs. If you are a hiker/jogger the same obstacles hold true. The climbs are not excessive and the trails are not very technical. The most difficult section of this park is one, single steep climb on stone blocks. Overall this trail is mid-intermediate only because of the roots and some mild climbs that could be challenging for new riders or those not in great shape yet.

The trails are fairly well marked except towards the end where instinct will try and lead you off of the trail and onto the paved roads. The trail end is a bit farther than it appears. If you remain on the trail and not follow the urge to exit the woods prematurely, the trail will return you to the trail head. The last 2 miles could be better marked, especially if exit signs with arrows were installed.

There are picnic and tent camping areas. I do not recall restrooms.

Visited May 2013
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Dallas, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
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“Nice place for a picnic”
Reviewed 15 April 2013

Erwin Park in McKinney is a nice place to spend a few hours. It has bike trails and plenty of picnic tables. You can also go for a walk or jog along the road. The bathrooms need to be maintained; my wife said there were no doors on the stalls. And some of the picnic tables are in disrepair; for instance, the first one we used only had seating on one side because the other side was missing. There are a couple of playgrounds for the children. You can also camp there overnight but there is no water or electricity hookup, just some grills. It's a nice place but it could be even better if they fix it up a bit.

Visited April 2013
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