Mt. Bike Trails

Faulkner Park trail

This is one of the tighter trails in Tyler with just enough room to get your handlebars through at some points.

The trail is generally flat with only a couple of small climbs to deal with.

Just over halfway into the trail there is a series of manageable switchbacks (when you see the water treatment plant you’ll be at the base of the climb that leads to the switchbacks).

Trail conditions are generally dry even after a light rain shower.

This trail is normally great for beginner mountain bike riders as it’s not overly technical.

For advanced riders this trail will test handling more-so than fitness.

Summer conditions favor smaller tread tires similar to the Specialized Fast Track and the Specialized Renegade.

Winter conditions favor tires like the Specialized Ground Control.

This trail features 6 miles of twisty single track.

Bikes recommended:

Mountain Bikes (Full Suspension, Hardtail, Singlespeed) and Cyclocross Bikes for advanced riders.

Tip from the crew:

Singlespeed riders will fare well with a 32×17-18 gearing due to the flat terrain and fast corners.

Lindsey Park trail

The newest trail to the Tyler area.

Quickly becoming the favorite for most riders.

Probably the best “flowing” trail in East Texas. You can ride most of the trail without ever needing to touch the brakes.

The trail is much wider than Faulkner allowing for smoother passing opportunities with other riders.

The trail was built wide enough to fit a 4 wheeler through although motorized vehicles are not permitted.

This trail will test descending skills, climbing skills, high speed cornering, and sand riding skills. Trail conditions are generally dry although the B Loop gets soaked after a rain storm.

There is a cut through to skip the wet section of the B Loop if it is too wet to ride.

The cut through is just before the first field crossing that goes under the power lines.

When taking the cut through make sure to go left.

Conditions also tend to be sandy in several places including some tight corners.

Take caution on the “35mph” downhill as there is sometimes sand at the bottom just at the fastest point of the decent.

Summer tires: Specialized Fast Track, Specialized Renegade

Winter Tires: Specialized Ground Control or Specialized Purgatory.

This trail features 10 miles of single track.

Bikes recommended:

Mountain Bikes (Full Suspension, Hardtail, Singlespeed). Cyclocross Bikes for advanced riders only due to the large amounts of sand.

Singlespeed gearing recommendation: 32×19-20

Editor’s note on Lindsey Park:

Strava only shows 7.7 miles in the link, but it’s 10 miles. Not sure why it shows that.

Update:

Lindsey is now around 11-11.5 miles long and has several wooden berms and bridges. One berm is roughly 8 feet tall at the bottom of a downhill and is an absolute blast to hit at speed.

The old ski jump has been removed because of the landing being deteriorated so much. With the new trail add ons the trail now goes up the hill the old ski jump used to land on.

Tyler State Park trail

The classic!

Highly regarded as one of the best and toughest trails in Texas.

There is sand, rocks, roots, technical climbs, crazy descents, and tricky switchbacks.

Bring your A game when you ride here.

The A and B loops are manageable for most riders. The C and D loops are still manageable for new riders but may require some walking in a few locations.

Not much to say about this one other than give it a shot.

This trail is 10 miles of single track that throws everything at you.

Tires recommended: Winter and Summer

Singlespeed gearing recommendation: 32×19-20

First Baptist Church MTN Bike Trail

Coming soon!

Completion goal is Spring 2015 with an estimated 5-6 miles of trail. Terrain will have a good amount of climbing.

Currently in the works with about 3 miles nearly ready to ride.

Update:

This trail has seen a delay due to time restrictions with the volunteers working on it. There are plans for another push to get the trail going, but no time estimates are established at the moment.