Cycling Routes

If you are new to the area or just visiting, here is a list of popular routes for the Mission-McAllen-Edinburg area. Every route starts at a local business and can be generally ridden at anytime except when noted. Most of the routes are on flat terrain, city streets or county roads. Most city streets have a shoulder or bike lane where as the country roads do not (but are low in traffic). The country roads has the increased chance of dogs coming out to greet you but they are sparse. You really will not have much trouble with them. There are many country stores to stop at for a treat or to replenish supplies.

I suggest to mix and match routes to create longer rides or for a route to commute from Point A to Point B.

I hope to expand the list to cover all areas of the Rio Grande Valley. You have my permission to print the route or you can download the file for use in your GPS device. Routes are provided “as is”.

Drop me a note in the Contact Me page and let me know what you think or would like to contribute to the list.

Mission Area

Cycling routes from the Mission to the surround area. Many routes can be combined to make longer rides.
RouteDistanceNotes
La Joya Loop - short28.6 milesRide starts and finishes at the Burger King parking lot at the corner of FM 495 and Conway. The ride is mostly flat with some rolling hills at the turn around point.
La Joya Loop - longer34.7 milesRide starts and finishes at the Burger King parking lot at the corner of FM 495 and Conway. The ride is mostly flat with some rolling hills at the turn around point.

Extended the route to increase miles.
Los Ebanos Ferry40.5 milesRide starts and ends at the Burger King at the corner of FM 495 and Conway and is mostly flat until you get to the La Joya area.

Ride out the only hand drawn Ferry between mexico and US. Along the way, stop at the 900 year old tree at between mile 8 and 9 just over the Border wall.
900 yr old tree18.5 milesRide starts and ends at the Burger King at the corner of FM 495 and Conway. Route is flat with a small section that is on gravel.
Bentsen Loop16.5 milesRide starts and ends at the Burger King at the corner of FM 495 and Conway. Route is flat and takes you out to Bentsen State Park. You can do the 3-mile loop at the end as often as you like then head on back. Route also passes the Mission Hike and Bike trail at mile 3.5. Trail is paved and cuts through the brush and comes out at mile 6.5. There is also a separate bike path starting from mile 6.5 all the way to the Bentsen State park.
Hidalgo Loop29.5 milesRide starts and ends at the Burger King parking lot at the corner of FM 495 and Conway and works it's way to loop around the Arena in Hidalgo. Terrain is flat with a few over passes.
Hike & Bike to Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge17.5 / 33 milesRide starts and ends at the Hike and Bike trail parking lot and follows Military Highway all the way to the Refuge.

This ride is not for "race" tires. You will need good puncture resistant tires to help get past the debris between Hidalgo and Veterans road (yes, there is a bike lane underneath the layer of dirt and rocks).

Expect to see a lot of DPS and Border patrol on this route.

Park entrance is $5 per car but may let you in since you are on a bike. Be sure to top off your water bottle before heading back.

17.5 miles one-way, 35 miles round trip

Edinburg Area

Cycling routes starting from Edinburg to the surrounding areas. Edinburg is a great location to reach many country roads in the area.
RouteDistanceNotes
5AM Coffee Loop18.6 milesRide starts and stops at the Starbucks on 107 and loops out to McAllen and back. Best to do the ride early morning to beat the traffic.

Route courtesy of the 5AM Wake-Up Ride
5AM Airport Loop23.3 milesRide starts and stops at the Starbucks on 107. Flat route that takes you to the airport in McAllen and back. It is best to do the ride in the early mornings (hence the name 5am) before the traffic starts.

Route courtesy of the 5AM Wake-Up Ride
Independence Day Ride41.4 milesRide starts and stops at the Starbucks on 107 in Edinburg. The route is flat and takes you to some of the many country roads north of Edinburg.
Edcouch-Elsa Loop29.1 milesRide starts and ends at the Stripes store on the corner of Freddy Gonzalez and Closner. The route takes you to Edcouch-Elsa through the back roads and returns on 107. Expect a flat road with a .25 mile section that is gravel. Some dogs are available for your riding experience 🙂

McAllen Area

Routes that start in McAllen and venture out to the surrounding areas. McAllen is landlocked with Pharr to the East, Mission to the West and Edinburg to the North so you have to go further to get out of the city. Still, Mcallen as a lot of North-South corridors that are great for cycling.
RouteDistanceNotes
Bicycle World Ride21.9 milesRide starts and ends at Bicycle World-McAllen. Route is flat that loops out to Old Military road and returns on Brian & Bentsen roads. check with Bicycle World for scheduled dates and times.
Bicycle World Alternate Route19.5 milesRide starts and ends at Bicycle World-McAllen. Route is flat that loops out to Old Military road and returns on Shary road. check with Bicycle World for scheduled dates and times.

Brownsville Area

Brownsville offers a lot to see both within the City and out on the rural roads, plus it's a lot closer to the beach than the mid-valley area!

Be sure to use Google Maps and turn on the Bike overlay for all the bike routes within the city limits in Brownsville. There are many routes to choose from that can get you across town.
RouteDistanceNotes
Gladys Zoo to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park8 / 16 milesRoute starts and stops at the Southern Pacific Linear Park parking lot (across from the Zoo). Visit the zoo then head on over the Palo Alto Battlefield and take in the National Historic Park.

8 miles one-way, 16 miles total
Brownsville to Padre Island27 / 33 / 54 / 66 milesRoute starts in Brownsville and works it's way to Port Isabel on highway 100. The causeway is closed to cyclists unless it is a special cycling event. If it is an event you ride over to Claytons otherwise you can end the ride in Port Isabel or ride back to the starting point.

This is also known as the Pedal to Padre Bike Ride. Be prepared for windy conditions either going or coming back (and sometimes both ways). Be sure to top off your water bottle in Los Fresnos and/or carry a spare.

27 miles to Port Isabel, 54 miles round trip
33 miles to Claytons on the island, 66 miles round trip
Gladys Zoo to Los Fresnos12.3 / 24.6 milesRoute starts at the Southern Pacific Linear Park and follows the hike n bike trial past Palo Alto Battlefield park and continues on Paredes Line Road to the Valero at the corner of Peredes road and Highway 100.

12.3 miles one-way, 24.6 round trip.

Harlingen Area

Harlingen and it's surrounding areas provide plenty of rural roads to go out and explore.
RouteDistanceNotes
Almost a Century Ride91 milesEndurance ride with a stop at the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park at mile 38.

Ride Starts and stops at the Super 8 Motel parking lot at the corner of US 83 and FM 509.

2 thoughts on “Cycling Routes

  1. This is great info, I am a cyclist from Michigan working in this area for 3+ months. I will visit Bike World and also try out some of your routes

    Colleen

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