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Barber Hills

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11.2 Miles 17.9 Kilometers



651' 198 m


-636' -194 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (6°)

573' 175 m


487' 148 m


Shared By Bryan Hargis


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Barber Hills is by far the best trail in the northeast Texas area.

Bryan Hargis

Dogs Off-leash

Features eMTB allowed

Open all year. Class 1 E-bikes are allowed.


These trails have something for almost everyone... Plenty of fast sections, ample technical sections, and amazing views. Great rhythm to the trails with a good mix of fast drops and steady climbs. Beginners start with the Inner Loop. Advanced take the south loop. Very low traffic all year.

Need to Know

The lakeside and dam area trails have the most climbing. The trails away from the lake have more flow and are faster.

Check the Barber Hills Trail Facebook page for current trail conditions.


Dogwood starts off with a few quick creek crossings, then turns into flowing trails. There are a couple of great views of Pat Mayse Lake on the trail. Don't get too relaxed because the steepest climb at Barber Hills comes up quickly after the overlooks. The last part of the trail has a steep root-covered downhill with a rock covered creek bottom.

Barber starts off pretty flat and will make you think it will be an easy stroll in the woods. Get ready for the technical ascents and descents to come! Barber offers a great workout!

Buzzard Hallow starts off immediately into an uphill section to give you a hint of what you are in for. Buzzard Hallow has decent flow with elevation changes and great views of Pat Mayse Lake!

Milkweed leaves the Pat Mayse dam area paralleling the highway It soon heads away from the road with some technical areas to navigate. There is a great climb at the end of the trail leading up to the Corp office fence. At the end of the fence take a right to the start of the Upper Bedford.

Upper Bedford dives back into the woods from the Corp Road and quickly turns into a technical trail that has many roots and elevation changes before ending up at the Inner Loop.

There is not much to say about the Inner Loop but that it's a fun, fast trail! Most of the trail has great flow except for a couple of fairly tight areas in the trees. Overall, a super-fast trail with great traction year around!

Lower Bedford leaves the Inner Loop with a downhill section that has a small air catching ledge with a short climb after. The trail then turns into a fun fast trail that is a lot like the Inner Loop. Lower Bedford is probably the second most ridden trail at Barber Hills.

Bottom Bracket starts out with probably the fastest downhill at Barber Hills! Tee it high and let it fly!! After the first section, it goes into a switchback area with several climbs. In the middle of the trail lies the 45 foot skinny bridge across an area that holds water after it rains. The custom is to take a video of your riding buddies on their first trip across! The back side of the trail has several fast creek crossings with bridges to help keep your speed up. The last part of the trail has a long climb with a switchback the leads to the last flat section.

Deer run is a great flowing trail that parallel's the corp road before finally crossing it and ending up back at the Sanders Cove trailhead.

Easy Rider is a short beginner trail that's close to the Sanders Cove trailhead.


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Nov 26, 2017
Gypsy_ Haas
Fun ride! Best in North Texas
Aug 24, 2017
Brandon Reinbold
Loved riding here. Definitely worth a return visit! 7.1mi
Aug 12, 2017
Mikl Louie
Fun trail system, well thought out and maintained. Some nice features. All are beginner friendly, nothing technical but all are fun. Worth the trip. 10mi — 2h 00m
Jun 4, 2017
Super Dave Turner
Dogwood was my favorite leg 5mi
Apr 25, 2017
Bryan Hargis
11.5mi — 1h 30m
Feb 18, 2017
John O'Hara
Mar 26, 2016
Anton Yastrebov

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This is a great trail system and it's well groomed Aug 8, 2017
ditto the previous compliments. Great cross country trail network, worth the trip. Aug 12, 2017
Great riding! Best trails I found within 100 miles. I met some of the local guys who volunteer and they have a lot of pride in these trails, which shows in the quality of care. The features are awesome, and every time I go it seems to be growing! A few minor areas could have improved geometry but most are spot on for MTB. There are jumps, North Shores, pavers, drops, bridges, there's even a teeter totter!! And all the while you're duck in and out of amazing lake and nature views. If you are anywhere near Powderly TX, ride Barber Hills. This a fun place and I've been back several times! Also, there's a full services A.C.E. campground onsite called Sandy Cove, so you can camp and ride for a few days if you're so inclined. Video of Barber Hills Sep 7, 2018

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