SFA Recreational Trails & Gardens
ElevationAscent: 355' 108 m
Descent: -355' -108 m
High: 415' 127 m
Low: 294' 90 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“A hilly and tree-covered trail in the heart of Nacogdoches.”— Diane Peterson
The trails can be confusing the first few times. It's a lot of trails winding through a small area, and it's easy to lose your bearings. But it's good hill work without traveling to the Texas state parks in Tyler or Huntsville.
As the trail turns you away from the creek, you'll see the trail's largest continual incline, Perimeter Trail. At the top of Perimeter, at the water tower, hop over to Gateway Trail and follow it around to Rocky Road. Rocky Road has a few rock obstacles, so be careful.
After Rocky, you'll automatically route onto Coat Hanger, and descend three switchbacks. Coat Hanger is the furthest section and has a small loop at the bottom. After the loop, you'll ascend Coat Hanger and veer right onto Bois d'Arc. Bois d'Arc will join back up with Gateway. At the water tower, take Labyrinth down the big hill rather than Perimeter. Labyrinth spits you onto Creekside, which takes you back to the bridge.
There are many ways to route through the sections, but this is a common route. There are more sections in the system that aren't included in this description. They are very short and technical, used mostly by advanced mountain bikers.
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Land Manager: Stephen F. Austin State University Outdoor Pursuits