• Ark-La-Tex Biking Trails •

With the lowest mean elevation of any state besides Delaware, Louisiana may seem like an unlikely destination for world-class mountain biking.

Professional biking legend Ned Overand has called Lincoln Parks 260-acre adrenaline-pumping, 10-mile loop “one of the most challenging trails” he’s ever competed on, and Mountain Bike Action Magazine has ranked it as among the nation’s top venues.

Ardent mountain biker James Ramsaur, an experienced racer who had created trails in other parts of the country, designed the Lincoln trail in 1992, shortly after the park opened. He’d been working at a bike shop in Ruston at the time. “We were selling all these mountain bikes,” he recalls, “but there weren’t a whole lot of places in the area to ride them. So I approached the park director about creating a trail here, and he was extremely receptive to it.” With plenty of assistance from members of the cycling team at nearby Louisiana Tech University, Ramsaur built the trail.

By 1997, when the park hosted the first XTERRA Triathlon, Lincoln Parish Park had become a renowned mountain-biking destination. The park continues to host a popular competitive race, the Piney Hills Classic, each October. But year-round Lincoln Parish Park is an exceptional venue for mountain bikers of all skill levels. In addition to the celebrated 10-mile advanced trail that wends its way around the park, there’s a 4-mile beginner track that’s ideal for novices.

Arthur Ray Teague Parkway
Biking and jogging trails, picnic tables
Bossier City, La. (318) 221-5233
Fast, single track with plenty of long climbs and down hills. Many elevation changes & a great workout.
I-20 to Haughton Fillmore exit. North on Hwy. 157 about 10 miles. Right at Bodcau Fire Tower Rd. across from Tooties store. About 3-4 miles you enter Bodcau Wildlife Preservation Area. Take left on blacktop to the damn. Trailhead is at bottom of hill. Trail is 4.5 miles at high elevation of 100 feet.

C. Bickham Dickson Park
Biking through a 585-acre park with ponds, open fields & woods.
Shreveport, La. (318) 673-5100
Caney Lake Trails
There are 3 loops to choose from-Advanced, intermediate and Nature Trail. The length totals 15 miles.
From Shreveport, take 1-20 East to Minden. From Minden Town Center take 159 North for 4.5 miles. Turn West onto PAR 111 and to 2.3 miles to the park entrance on the left.

Eddie D. Jones State Park
Keithville, La.
This terrain is mostly rolling hills. Biking loop still in development.
Follow 171 South to Colquitt Rd. then west to Hopps Corner. Take a left and follow the signs for Forte Wade Detention Center. Just before the Detention Center, you will reach a church. Turn left onto the access road to the left of the church. Follow this road to the trailhead.

Lake Claiborne State Park Bike Trail
Hill and ravine terrain so expect a good workout. 3rd year in existence so not a lot of folks know about this one.
I-20 East from Shreveport to exit 49, 3 miles North to Hwy. 79, 20 miles North to Homer, La. Follow the signs for Lake Claiborne State Park and/or Hwy. 146 for approximately 12 miles. Traveling West on I-20, take Hwy. 167 exit North 3 miles to Vienna, West on Hwy. 146 for 20 miles.

Lincoln Parish Park
Nestled in the beautiful piney woods, this is almost a secret trail. Races in the park include AMBC Central Finals Race, an XTERRA qualifier and a Spring LA Championship Race as well as many other off-road multi-sport events.
Take I-20 East from Shreveport to the Ruston Farmerville-Hwy. 33 exit. Travel North on Hwy. 33 out of town for about 7 miles. The park entrance is on the left past a caution light.

Stoner Trail
A great river view trail along the Red River in Shreveport. Tight weaving through native plant & wildlife.
Coming south from I-20 on Hwy. 1, turn left onto Stoner Ave. Stoner dead-ends at the entrance to the boat launch. The trailhead is at south end of parking lot. Takes you into downtown Shreveport


~ by Voltima on April 29, 2010.

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