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.
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.
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.