Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve

Fall in love with biking at Magnolia Branch

The autumn equinox, or fall season, begins Sept. 23. So what better way to get out and enjoy the outdoors than on a bicycle ride. Plus, there are benefits to riding a bike beyond the enjoyment of nature and sightseeing.

Did you know that a 135-pound woman pedaling 12-14 mph blasts 488 calories in 60 minutes? Biking/cycling is an excellent way to stay in shape.

At Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, you now can rent bicycles for $5/hour and ride around the park at your leisure. Take in the sights and sounds of Magnolia Branch as you pedal down the roadways or on a trail on one of the Specialized Hardrock mountain bike available at the park.

Another reason that makes biking great is it gets you just about anywhere a car or your own feet can take you. Half of American workers live within 5 miles of their workplace, according to the most recent National Household Transportation Survey. That's a doable 20-minute ride each way. And at Magnolia Branch, everything is within a bike distance away. Why waste your fuel when you can easily hop on a bicycle?

And with the leaves changing and falling, there is just something about the fall that makes you want to be outside.

Biking also keeps you energized. A recent study found that bike riding improved energy levels by 20 percent and decreased fatigue by 65 percent. As if you weren’t already relaxed by being at Magnolia Branch, adding a bike ride to your list of activities just might put you in a better mood.