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Biking Brownwood: Touring a Sportsman’s Paradise on Two Wheels

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Featured in a variety of online formats as a “sportsman’s paradise,” Brownwood, in the Texas Hill Country, has the unique distinction of being located just north of the geographic center of the state! This charming city can truly say it’s “Deep in the heart of Texas,” which leads us to the next interesting point. Locals and visitors alike can easily get together to enjoy many fun and interesting activities in and around Brownwood, including those of the two-wheel variety. Bicycling or taking a motorcycle around this unique part of the Hill Country has been made so much easier with the confluence of routes around the city designed to be bike and biker-friendly.

Biking Brownwood: Touring a Sportsman’s Paradise on Two Wheels

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The Heart of Texas Cyclists Discussion Group is an open Facebook group for Central Texas and Brownwood bicyclists. They focus on road cycling, and they’ve shared local routes publicly as well as upcoming bicycle event details—including the upcoming Heart of Texas Pedaling for Paws Bicycle Tour on June 22, 2019. Featuring routes from 8-62 miles in length, this event benefits the Corinne T. Smith Animal Shelter and will be held at Festival Park in Brownwood. The Heart of Texas Cyclists group promotes the beautiful local Brownwood scenery. Although their mission is to expose locals and tourists to the phenomenal road routes of the area, they are also open to mountain biking and BMX conversations. Their web link is available here, and for those looking for route recommendations, regular group rides, bike and bicycle shop tips, they’re a comprehensive local resource.

Biking Brownwood: Touring a Sportsman’s Paradise on Two Wheels

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For those looking to take their bicycle off the beaten path, Lake Brownwood State Park features the scenic Nopales Ridge bike trail. No matter your skill level, this 2.7-mile loop trail offers varying levels of difficulty from easy to moderate and hard, in a single-track path. There are also paved areas of the park which are ideal for families. As is always recommended, wear a helmet. Park maps are available online or on-site, and you should always bring lots of water, snacks, and tools for bike repair. If a visit to a repair shop is necessary, The Bike Peddler in Brownwood is only a half-hour drive from the park. Those wanting to learn more about their services and inventory can contact the store directly by calling (325) 646-1497.

Biking Brownwood: Touring a Sportsman’s Paradise on Two Wheels

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For motorcyclists, the Brownwood area is no slouch when it comes to winding roads, rolling hills, gorgeous scenery, and true hospitality. The city is conveniently located on the Great Wildlife Trail, the Texas Sports Trail, and the Way Out Wineries Trail, which can all make for an interesting addition to any motorcycling tour through the Hill Country. Awe-inspiring views and relaxing Texas Hill Country character await those from the most enthusiastic and experienced to the motorcycle newbie. The area around Brownwood is free from urban sprawl and heavy traffic, making this part of Central Texas one for the tour books. While you’re in the area, House of Wheels is a great stop to make if you’re looking for accessories or need some repairs. They’re known for their parts and service, and they can set you up with a new pre-owned ride, if you’re in the market! If you have any questions prior to making a trip to the area, you can call them direct at (325) 643-5555.

Biking Brownwood: Touring a Sportsman’s Paradise on Two Wheels

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In the meantime, gear up for a great spring or summer bicycle or motorbike ride through the Texas Hill Country in Brownwood. If you can’t register for a pre-organized ride, you can always plot your own using local guides, maps, and information from the Visit Brownwood website. If all else fails, area bike shops such as those noted above have the type of trusted customer service skills and knowledge to help you along the way and get you rolling on your two-wheel Texas passion.