STATE PARK ADVENTURES
For off-road riders at Eisenhower State Park, a little adrenaline gets them down the trail.
While many state park activities such as hiking and bird watching can be on the quiet side, off-road riding revs up the excitement.
Eisenhower is the only Texas state park with off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails. The trails take dirt bike riders and ATV riders through the park’s grassy uplands, woodlands and rocky terrain.
“Whatever gets people outdoors, whether it’s hiking, fishing or OHV riding, we want to encourage that,” says park interpreter Elizabeth Booth.
The 50-acre Ironwood OHV Trail System contains 3.3 miles of trails with a variety of difficulties. The Pee Wee Practice Area is flat and easy and perfect for novice riders. The Big Woods Canyon and Timber Rattler Run trails take riders through more challenging terrain, with Timber Rattler featuring a steep and narrow stream crossing.
Only OHV riders can use these trails; hiking and biking are not allowed.
ATVs and dirt bikes are required to have OHV permits before riding.
The Texas Off-Highway Vehicle Program was established in 2006 to help create legal and safe places to ride and to encourage the safe and responsible use of OHVs on the lands of Texas. The program is also designed to provide funding to develop more recreational areas for OHV users.
Russell Roe Chase Fountain | TPWD
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