Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 2, 2013

Looking for new terrain to explore on two wheels? Buescher State Park will open 7.5 miles of trails to mountain bikers starting Aug. 15.

Until now, trails at the park were reserved for hiking only. Visitors who still want that experience can use hiking-only trails at nearby Bastrop State Park.

The Buescher trail, an out-and-back route with a loop at the end, now winds for 7.5 miles through uplands and lowlands dotted with oak and pine trees. The trails are designed for beginner to intermediate cyclists. They’re also open to hiking and geocaching.

Park staff and volunteers worked together to transform the park’s existing trail. They added about 2 miles of new trail, armored low-water crossings and built three bridges. They also renovated a parking area and scenic overlook on Park Road 1C.

"I’ve been here 3 years and people have constantly asked me when were going to put in mountain bike trails. It’s just a different way to bring people out to the park and offer them something new," said Cullen Sartor, site manager at Buescher State Park.

Sartor says park officials hope to build more multi-use trails in the future. Buescher State Park was not affected by the wildfires that swept through Bastrop County two years ago.

Park admission is $4 for adults and free for ages 12 and under. For more information, call the park at 512-237-2241.