5 miles
887 ft
-888 ft
Avg time

Emma Long MX Park Details

  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Voted Difficulty
    Black Diamond (1 vote)
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    Year round
  • eBike Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Drop, Rock Garden
  • Global Ranking
    #18347 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Dirtbiking
  • Land Manager

Not recommended for beginners or anyone who rides beyond their skills! Emma Long Motocross Park or City Park is known and feared throughout the Austin motorcycling and mountain biking community. If you like technical, this is your trail. Originally developed as motorcycle trails in the 1970’s for trail and trial skills riding. The trail consists of numerous limestone ledges either as short, not too steep, technical climbs or descents. Some descents are very technical with one to two foot ledges sometimes in short succession. Weaving around a cedar strewn hillside, the main loop is about 5 miles and is mostly shaded throughout. The trail dries quickly with the exception of some looser corners where the moto guys think it's necessary to gas it out of the turn leaving a nice sized rut that fills up with water and thus widens the trail by others trying to avoid the mud hole. Best trail in the Austin area and if you time it right - just before sun rise or sun set - the trail is all yours!

The main loop in one direction (counterclockwise) from the trail head/parking lot. It is an active motocross park, so bikes must always yield to motorcycles, however, they are easy to hear coming so you can get out of the way.


Part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve and an endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler habitat. Creating new trails or venturing off existing trails is NOT permitted. If you can not ride something, dismount and walk, but stay on the existing trail.

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More Stats for Emma Long MX Park bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -0 ft
  • Altitude min
    686 ft
  • Altitude max
    837 ft
  • Altitude start
    701 ft
  • Altitude end
    701 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    2 miles
  • Distance down
    2 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,735 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Oct 20, 2018
Avg: 4.1 (9 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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  • > 90%
  • > 80%
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  • > 50%
  • < 50%
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  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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      Emma Long MX Park Trail Reports

      Oct 20, 2018 @ 9:53pm
      Oct 20, 2018
      As said before, this trail IS very rocky but rideable when wet despite some standing puddles. Be prepared to negotiate rocky ledges both climbing...
      Sep 16, 2018 @ 12:45pm
      Sep 16, 2018
      Wet and muddy in places, but this trail can be ridden wet or dry. A lifesaver of a trail when the rain doesn't let up...
      Sep 15, 2018 @ 5:29am
      Sep 15, 2018
      Perfect spot to ride when it’s been raining all week. Perfect spot to ride. Couple places of puddles but easy ride.
      Aug 5, 2018 @ 5:51am
      Aug 5, 2018
      Aug 4, 2017 @ 3:47pm
      Aug 4, 2017
      Lower parts of trail near beginning are wet with mud and some puddles from rain earlier. Otherwise, 90% of trail is dry.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 5 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 41 rides
      • 6 miles avg distance
      • 233 rides


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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 1
      flag spenceratx (Jul 13, 2016 at 9:21)
       the epitome of austin riding. This trail will put the hurt on any rider. Best place to ride when it's wet.

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