New bike trails at McKinney Roughs: Soft, flowy and free on Nov. 24

Pam LeBlanc checks out a trail at McKinney Roughs Nature Park on Monday, Nov. 13. The trails open to the public on Nov. 24. Stephen Spillman for the American-Statesman

 

McKinney Roughs Nature Park is preparing to open 13 miles of trail to mountain bikers in a few weeks, and I enlisted pro mountain bike rider and REI instructor Cindy Abbott this morning to give me a tour.

Pam LeBlanc explores 13 miles of trail that will open to mountain bikers at McKinney Roughs. STEPHEN SPILLMAN for American-Statesman

 

I won’t give it all away, but here’s a hint: The trails are beginner friendly. Unlike places like Emma Long Metropolitan Park, the Lakeway trail system or the Barton Creek Greenbelt, these trails are mostly dirt, with not much of that sharp limestone we’re known for around here. You’ll still get lots of ups and downs, and a section of the trail runs along the Colorado River, but you won’t find a lot of technical stuff.

Pro mountain biker Cindy Abbott, left, and Pam LeBlanc, right, celebrate after a successful tour of the park’s new trails. STEPHEN SPILLMAN for American-Statesman

 

The trails open Nov. 24. That’s Black Friday.

Entry fee is usually $5 per person at the park, located 13 miles east of Austin near Bastrop, but the agency is waiving admission at all its parks that day.

 

 

 

 

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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