Kaufman County’s First Mountain Bike Trail
Wildcat Ranch Trail is expected to open summer 2021
While Kaufman County is better known for rodeos than tall climbs and extreme descents, the beautiful, rolling terrain has had the potential for an XC or flow trail that would convince riders to swap their saddles for one attached to a seat post.
After almost a year of searching and negotiating, volunteers Walt McMennamy and Daniel Rozell have secured a partnership with a local developer and Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association to build Wildcat Ranch Trail, the first mountain bike trail in Kaufman County.
“I wanted to get a local group together that shared my passion for mountain biking,” McMennamy said. “Our commute time to a trail is generally 45 minutes. This doesn’t allow for much riding. It honestly took people away from the sport. I met Daniel Rozell in a local Facebook group and we set out to change Kaufman County. I think we are well on our way to doing that.”
The Developers of Wildcat Ranch, PMB Capital Investments and Sessions Development were equally excited about turning some of their green space into a unique public amenity.
Wildcat Ranch Trail will be located just outside of Crandall, Texas, off FM148 and U.S. Hwy 175. The initial trail will offer 5 to 6 miles of single track for all ages and skill levels, a kids loop and a small pump track. There will also be room to add an additional 2 to 4 miles in the future.
Future visitors to the trailhead will see entrance signage and a kiosk, and will have access to parking for up to 50 cars and a portable restroom.
A trail design and construction committee was established several weeks ago and has been hard at work cutting and marking the trail for a targeted grand opening of June/July 2021.
Trail stewards McMennamy and Rozell, along with volunteers Clint Qualls, Pat McKinney and Mike Shoaf have logged many hours and should be recognized for their commitment to the project.
Additional thanks go out to Crandall Mayor Danny Kirbie, City Manager Jana Shelton, City Secretary Bobby Joe Taylor, Crandall residents Michael and Stephanie Dearman, Weatherford Mountain Biking Club President Larry Colvin, DORBA President Garrick Whitnah, DORBA VP of Trails emeritus Vic Dean and DORBA Sponsorship Director Kristie Crotty. All have played a vital role in bringing this trail to fruition.
To follow updates and connect with the Wildcat Ranch Trail community, follow the Kaufman County Mountain Biking Facebook page.
Once open, riders will also be able to check trail status on the DORBA website and app.