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River Legacy Full Tour

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (71)

An excellent cross-country trail system suited for everyone.


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Map Key

7.5

Miles

12.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

477' 145 m

High

447' 136 m

Low

104' 32 m

Up

106' 32 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Allowed

Overview

River Legacy is an excellent network of cross-country singletrack suited for beginners as well as advanced riders.

The system is set up as one continuous main loop with several optional loops to add mileage. There are also many sections with optional lines; blue = easier, red = harder.

This 'full tour' includes all optional loops except EKG.

Need to Know

River Legacy trails are directional. From the parking area you'll enter the system on the left (south) side and ride clockwise. The finish will be on the right (north) side.

Located in Arlington, River Legacy sees heavy use from walkers and runners in addtion to mountain bikers. Pedestrian traffic travels in the opposite direction of bikes.

Description

Starting from the back left corner of the parking area, the River Legacy Full Tour starts with an easy level roll into a big dip. It's a fast introduction to what lies ahead. From here the trail continues in a clockwise direction.

The beginning sections of the trail gently roll and twist with a couple of hills, dips and a bridge before hitting the first loop, EKG.

EKG is the most technical section of River Legacy and is easily bypassed if you're not ready for tight, twisty trail with steep ups and downs. South Loop, the next loop down the trail, is a good example of what EKG is all about but in a much smaller dose.

From South Loop, the trail transitions into flat, twisting singletrack through open forest. There are a couple of small gradual ups and downs before coming to the intersection for Prairie Loop.

Prairie Loop takes you out into the open with lots of grass and a few clusters of trees. There are a few quick hills to navigate, but overall it's mostly flat.

From Prairie you'll connect to the West End - Fun Town Loop, one of the more advanced sections of River Legacy with tight trees, whoops and jumps.

The loop starts by winding through the trees. The entrance to Fun Town will be marked. This area starts with steep drops and climbs through small gulleys. There are both red (harder) and blue (easier) options through here. About half way through Fun Town you'll come across a dirt jump area. You can stay right here to continue the loop or take a quick left to ride to the top of the hill and try one of many jumps. Take care here as speed will feed your amplitude.

Fun Town funnels back onto West End and back into the trees, eventually connecting back with the main loop.

Next up is the North Loop where you'll have a chance to see some of the wildlife at River Legacy. Don't be surprised to see a wild pig or armadillos through here. This section starts out in open forest and eventually transitions into dense vegetation that feels like you're riding in a tunnel. North Loop makes you feel like you're going in circles as the trail makes several tight turns, looping back on itself.

The finale of the River Legacy Full Tour is on Gordon's Loop, a quick hit before hitting the end of the trail.

The ride ends on the back right side of the parking lot.

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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 71 votes

#1

in Arlington

#226

Overall
  4.0 from 71 votes
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#1

in Arlington

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in Texas

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Photos

Just off the trail down by the river looking north. Not a bad place to cool off when its 103 degrees!!
Aug 8, 2016 near Bedford, TX
Bring your water shoes for a nice walk in the river.
Aug 8, 2016 near Bedford, TX
The beginning of River Legacy.
Jul 18, 2016 near Arlington, TX
Good flat with wooded bridge in the middle with a tiny drop. Good for beginners.
Feb 27, 2022 near Arlington, TX
River Legacy: East Loop.
Dec 29, 2021 near Arlington, TX
River Legacy: South Loop.
Dec 29, 2021 near Bedford, TX

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Bad / Closed 77 days ago
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Check-Ins

Jun 28, 2022
jose ramos
May 21, 2022
Jake Bussey
4.3mi
Aug 28, 2021
Kim M
Jun 19, 2021
Tony Mcmaron
May 10, 2021
Jason Tennyson
Fun smooth ride. Very flat 11.6mi — 1h 30m
Feb 3, 2021
Susan Yancey
Good for first time.
Aug 1, 2020
Will Lawson
Pretty easy, did not do all of the loops properly but overall a good trail. Would bring my wife or a beginner rider here. Nothing too challenging. 5.6mi — 0h 37m
Jun 28, 2020
orlando vidal
EKG trail closed. first time here. lovely 8mi