Texas is the largest of the continental 48 states, yet it has very little federal and state public lands, and many rode in Texas’ riverbeds until that was outlawed a few years ago. Since then, many land owners have been creating private riding parks, like the Mud Creek Off- Road Park, home of the High Lifter Mud Nationals in the piney woods of east Texas. Further west, the Texas Hill Country offers more variety of terrain and elevations from 950 to 1500 feet, plus it has huge rock monoliths that lend the name to the 3000-acre Hidden Falls Adventure Park and attracts rock crawlers and trail riders from all over the state and region. This 2 squaremile park has 240 miles of ATV, UTV, dirt bike and 4×4 trails, and they’re rated by experience levels like most trail systems. Open from Thursday through Sunday, Hidden Falls has motocross and kids’ tracks, oak/hickory woods, two camping areas, cabins for rent, and also ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes to rent on the property. It also has a pro shop, shooting range, firearms dealership, hunting, paintball, swimming, hiking and horseback riding.
Hidden Falls welcomes weekend warriors, but the park also offers individual and family memberships and prides itself in having a fun family atmosphere for all skill levels of riders or drivers. Members can access the park any day of the week, and the yearly or six-month membership covers all park rider fees. A yearly membership includes a 20-percent discount on camping and other park services, and members can camp during the week as well. Camping areas have restrooms and showers, and the check-in area has an open-air structure the size of a small circus tent with picnic tables, so people can get out of the weather and enjoy some Chow Town Texas BBQ between rides.
There are even areas where people can stay at a primitive camp, and the views from North Peak, Cat Back and Wildcat Mountain are spectacular. The trails have cool names like Turkey Run, Hog Alley, Vista, North Pole, Baby Back, Wildcat, Centex, and Lazy Man in the ATV/UTV system, and UTV rock crawlers will definitely want to head over to the full-sized 4×4 trails with names like Test Tube, Wet & Wild, Bronco Buster, Stonehenge, Axle Buster, Wildcat Stairway, and Royal Gorge. The 4×4 trails have ratings up to 5 in skill level. As the trail maps say, “Have fun and ride safe.”