Canyon, a small Texas town, hosts a trail network that, despite its modest size, offers a robust riding experience. Set on a parcel of city land, the network features a few miles of singletrack that meanders through mostly prairie terrain with a single drainage providing some vertical relief. While it may look barren from a distance, the trail network is a hidden gem, especially for those new to mountain biking.
The trails offer a variety of experiences, from very easy to moderately challenging paths. The "Fencline Trail" and others to the left of the trailhead are particularly beginner-friendly. Trails that descend into the canyon offer slightly more technical features but remain manageable for newcomers.
Located just north of the McPherson Stadium, this trail network is easily accessible. Parking is available across the road to the north of the stadium. The entrance is through the barbed-wire fence just east of the lot. Proximity to I-27 makes it even more convenient, and there’s ample room to park even for those driving 18-wheelers. For those who need last-minute supplies, a Walmart is located just a mile away.
Riders commend the city and local enthusiasts for maintaining the trails well. It offers good, hour-long riding and serves as a decent warm-up spot for those planning to hit the more challenging trails in nearby Palo Duro Canyon. The trails are particularly recommended for those who want to introduce new riders to mountain biking without overwhelming them.
While still a work in progress, the Canyon trail network offers a variety of riding experiences suitable for all skill levels. Whether you're looking for a quick ride or willing to spend hours exploring, this small but charming trail network won't disappoint.