Recon of Shiloh Ridge, in Alto, Texas
length & notes:
it rained an inch or so after we left on Saturday.
Loose the hard terrain tires.
8.34 Miles for the main track,
About 1.5 for the Pee Wee track
Concession Stand out front
And don't forget that they've moved the start
time for the Pee Wee race up an hour.
Alright. Here's how I got there. From Dallas, I take 175
south / east. Keep goin' on through Gun Barrel City, on
through Athens, down to Jacksonville. Continue to follow 175 through
Jacksonville, but pay attention and follow the signs for 175. As you get
into town 175 makes a kind of sharp right turn into downtown, and heads
straight on through town. ( however, I did notice a new section of road,
that may be open by race weekend that connects 175 to 69 here,
before 175 turns south ) After you turn south, Hwy 69 is about three
blocks east ( to your left ) and runs parallel to 175. So you can cross
over on Lincoln St, or Lawrence St, or Pine or Woodrow...whatever make a
left somewhere, get over to 69 South. Or wait till you get down to
where 175 ends at 79 & turn left there to get over to 69 south. Then
take 69 south on through Rusk, then about 9 miles ( maybe a little more )
to CR 2416. You'll see a power sub-station off to the right and there's a
White Step van with a big arrow on it...turn right there.
Follow the road 'till it comes to a Tee. Turn right & that road will
dead end into the gate. Expect about a two & a half hour
trip, from the center of the Metroplex. I measured 125 miles from
I635 and 175.
31 Deg 39.74 N
95 Deg 05.92 W
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when the Patman Racing track inspection crew arrived here at the Shiloh
Ridge cycle park on Saturday, it had not yet rained, and the soil
conditions were near perfect!! I'll tell ya right now though, the track is gonna have a bit more
"woods sections" than we had back at Jacksboro. The good news is, that it
won't be so tight as to be classified as an Enduro Loop. And there wont be
any need for those hard terrain tires either. The
promoter has graciously removed the swamp area from last
year, and during The Patman Inspection, we thought one of
the "new cut" tight sections may present some
bottlenecks so he rerouted there also. There don't seem to
be as many nasty hills as last year, there are
however, plenty of straights, & passing areas as well as some nice
bermed turns in the trail that will keep the fun factor
high. That's not to mention, lots of mid-trail
The start looks to be the same as last year with the
uphill, wide, right hand sweeper that squeezes into a
downhill jump with a quick right at the bottom, then
through a small mud puddle, and off you go. David ( the
promoter ) has worked hard to keep the soft and muddy
areas out of this one, and has made an effort to give
alternate lines around the biggest hill and access trails
to the back parts of the pee-wee track all aimed at making
it easy on us. You can see some of last year's
track, but we use very little of it, so it shouldn't be
boring to you guys. All in all, with the improvements
David's made, it might be pretty darn fun. Many people have
said "this is a fun place to ride" and the facilities are civilized as well. Depending on what you're used too. I
kinda like the area myself. As this place is also a riding park, it
has many trails that are well broken in and wide enough
for a fourwheeler.
The Camp area is nice and grassy. Fairly
smooth, and plenty big.
think the track crosses the road through the camp area
many times so that will make it a little safer. But folks
please watch your kids, I see the little ones out there
unattended so often, and quite often it results in injury.
The pee Wee track is in the same general area as the one
from last year, on the north side of the camp area.
entire property has dirt roads that go here & there so
getting out on the four wheeler, to do some watching or
photography is generally not a problem
are a couple of small hotels in Jacksonville,and some in
Rusk as well, but Alto itself is kinda small & I
didn't see any on my trip through.
Motor Inn, Highway 69, Rusk, TX 75785, (903-683-2688)
Weston Inn & Suites, Highway 69 N, Rusk, TX 75785,
There's also a Holiday inn express on the south side of
Holiday Inn, 1848 S Jackson St, Jacksonville, TX 75766,
Well these folks have a web site of their own, so
click here to zip over & check it out !