The Chaparral Rail Trail, spanning five counties northeast of Dallas, has been developing since it was first envisioned in 1995. The trail begins in Farmersville, where its first 2.5 miles are paved. The trailhead is located a block from downtown at the Onion Shed, a restored building from the 1930s that was once used as a loading dock for the onion industry.
When the pavement ends, expect a crushed stone surface suitable for hiking, mountain biking, or horseback riding. Note that the section between Celeste and Ladonia is an unimproved trail through rugged terrain.
The Chaparral Rail Trail is the westernmost leg of the regional Northeast Texas Trail system, which will one day span more than 130 miles and 19 communities. Other segments of the system include the Trail de Paris
and the Reno Rail-Trail
. When finished, the Northeast Texas Trail is expected to be the longest trail in the state.
Parking is available at the trail's western end at the historical Onion Shed (151 S. Main Street) and at the J.W. Spain Athletic Complex (400 Merit Street).