Whether you get geared up like Lance Armstrong to go for a 50-mile ride or you just love a casual trip on a weekend, everyone loves a good bike ride. It gives you time to contemplate your day, tune it all out, get some exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. In Plano, you have plenty of options to do just that. From biking trails to on-street options, you’ll never get bored of riding around this Texas town. Here are just a few of the best places to ride in Plano.
Stretching 8.3 miles from Midway Road to Baywater Drive, the Bluebonnet Trail is an easy to intermediate ride that’s perfect for cyclists of all ages and skill levels. While some of it is urban riding, the trail also takes you by Windhaven Meadows Park, Archgate Park, Carpenter Park, and nearly a half-dozen more, so bring a soccer ball or a kite if you want to take a break in the middle of your ride.
Historic Downtown Plano
There’s no better way to enjoy Plano than by experiencing the lively, historic downtown. This vibrant community of locally owned shops, art galleries, and restaurants is a throwback to the good old days of Main Street USA. The best part is that it’s easy to see it all on your bike. Because of the lack of available land to build trails throughout Plano, the local government has given the roads back to cyclists. Each road downtown has clearly marked lanes, keeping you safe and free to enjoy Plano’s loveliest neighborhood.
Located at the northern end of Plano, Hoblitzelle Park is one of the best, yet undiscovered places to go for a bike ride. The park has 3.7 miles of paved trails, including a one-mile loop that’s perfect for younger riders or those that are trying to work up their fitness level. Lined with trees and featuring a creek that runs through the middle of the park, Hoblitzelle has plenty to look at while you’re riding. Bathrooms and water are both available here.
Preston Ridge Trail
Running 6.2 miles straight north to south, the Preston Ridge Trail is another excellent option for a ride. If you start in Plano, take the trail south through some of the urban landscapes, and eventually you’ll reach the northern border of Dallas. The entire length of the trail is paved, so you shouldn’t have any problems navigating.
This trail is a bit confusing, featuring three disconnected segments, but once you have it figured out, it’s one of the most serene trails you’ll find in the Plano area. It’s all concrete, making it ideal for beginners, and traffic tends to be light most times of the year. As you meander along the 1.6-mile trail (one-way), you’ll have plenty of chances to see local wildlife like turtles or egrets. Other highlights include tall, shady trees, giant open meadows, and Spring Creek.
No matter where you decide to ride your bike in Plano, you’re bound to have a great experience. Just remember to wear a helmet and stay safe.
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Five Great Places to Ride a Bike in Plano For All Cyclists