Extreme Sports in Collin County
including Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and Plano
When you just HAVE to experience an adrenaline rush, we've rounded up the extreme sporting opportunities for you in Collin County.
We may not have the ocean and ski resorts of California, but there are many man-made extreme sports in Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano.
Extreme Sports in Collin County
Arbor Hills Nature Preserve
Are you passionate about orienteering? It was new to us, too, but this is the place to for orienteering and mountain biking.
6701 W Parker Road, Plano
Canyons Rock Climbing, Frisco
Because beginners and experienced climbers are welcomed here, it's a great opportunity to do something physical together that may be a little stretch
for some of the not-so-athletic in the group.
7164 Technology Drive, Frisco
The closest river to Collin County appears to be Spring Creek River, a Class II & III, located off 75/Renner Rd to Jupiter Rd.
Spring Creek River, Richardson
If sky diving is on your bucket list, this location is just under 10 miles east of Collin County. A tandem skydive begins with a 15-minute training
session before you jump out of a plane two miles above the earth! Be sure to read the directions on the website or you'll end up on the opposite side
of the airport.
2241 County Road 3303, Greenville
Dr. Pepper Star Centers
If the members of your group used to play hockey, and you have the equipment packed on a shelf at home, grab your gear and drop in for some stick time.
On the website, click "Schedules" and "Schedules" again; look for "Adult Drop-In."
Days vary based on location.
Various locations: Frisco
Edge Skate Park, Allen
Said to be the largest in the state of Texas, it features a concrete skate park, two roller-hockey rinks, BMX track and Visitor Center. No joke, park
officials consider this a high risk activity but protective gear is strongly recommended
200 St. Mary Drive, Allen
Erwin Park, McKinney
Whether you're new to mountain biking or an expert, the trails here will get your heart pumping!
4300 County Road 1006, McKinney
Frisco Northwest Community Trail, Frisco
The seven mile trail ranges from easy to difficult; you choose what works best for you. But beware of hikers on the trails.
Gloryview Road, Frisco
Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, Plano
Climbing through the tree tops can make most people feel a little insecure, but we're assured the harnesses will keep you safe as you find your way thorough
numerous rope ladders and 39 crossings, which include two "Tarzan swings!" As you move into a new section, you get higher into the forest canopy, until
you come down on a zip line!
5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano
Heard Museum, McKinney
Moonlight hikes! Who doesn't the dark scare, if even just a little bit?! This may not be "extreme" for some, but for others...?
1 Nature Place, McKinney
Hydrous Wake Park, Allen
While an inclination toward sports is a good thing going into this, there is a beginner area set apart from those who know what they're doing. Kick
your adrenaline into high gear here and have fun laughing at one another if you're all in the beginner catagory! It's also okay to just go watch and
decide if your group has the courage to go forth. Open year round.
580 N. Cedar Drive, Allen
iFly Dallas, Frisco
While sky diving may be out of the comfort zone for most people, it is geared to both beginners and experts--as long they're healthy. (So probably not best
to bring your father-in-law if he has a heart condition.) Even the kids take on this challenge, so while it is an extraordinary evening event, it isn't unsafe.
8380 State Hwy 121, Frisco
Pole Position Raceway, Frisco
Release those endorphins in a wild ten-minute ride around the track! This is an ideal activity if you've got guys that aren't athletic and you want
to do something out of the ordinary.
10550 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco
Rohr Balloon Rides, McKinney
While some extremists may laugh that a balloon floating gently through the air isn't considered "extreme," those of us afraid of heights would beg
to differ. Location will be announced at time of booking.
Skydive Dallas, Whitewright
Whether you're an experienced sky diver or just want to cross this off of your bucket list, this was the closest opportunity we could find to fall
out of the sky safely (or as safe as one can be)! It's about 25 minutes northeast of Melissa.
1039 PR 438 at Tri-County Aerodrome, Whitewright
Natural Venues Extreme Sports - Day Tripping
OK, you caught us. These are not technically in Collin County, but they are certainly a day trip for an extreme sports enthusiast so we would have been
remiss in not sharing them with you!
Bonham State Park, Bonham
It is 40 minutes east of Melissa and offers a mountain biking trail.
Bonham State Park, Bonham
Eisenhower State Park, Denison
An ATV trail offers enthusiasts a place to ride along the wooded hills of the park's backcountry, but you'll need to pick up an OTV permit.
Mountain biking is also available here. For those not so willing to take risks, they can enjoy renting a pontoon boat, camping, hiking, and
50 Park Road 20, Denison
Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sherman
Hunt for white-tailed deer (archery only), feral hogs, and wild turkey through a lottery permit system. Hunting for small game including squirrel
and rabbit and dove hunting is also available. Thirty-five minutes north east of Collin County. Other things to do here include fishing, hiking,
and wildlife viewing.
6465 Refuge Road, Sherman
Lake Mineral Wells State Park, Mineral Wells
This is 2 hrs 15 min west of Collin County. But it is one of the few natural venues in North Texas
where you can go rock climbing. Note that rock climbing is not permitted when the rocks are wet.
100 Park Road 71, Mineral Wells
Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Pilot Point (Isle du Boise)
For the extreme sporting enthusiast, there are several options: bike, hike, or backpack. For the city slicker who just wants to get
away from it all, other options include geochaching, paddling, camping, riding your own horse, swimming, and photography.
Isle du Bois Unit, 100 PW 4137, Pilot Point
Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Pilot Point (Johnson Branch Unit )
See description above.
Johnson Branch Unit, 100 PW 4153, Valley View
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by Debbie Krubsack
April 28, 2016