Chaparral Rail Trail

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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 and Trail Access

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).


Promising Trail

   January, 2014 by kjjern

I live in Farmersville near the southern trailhead and ride this trail often with my daughter. It's a nice trail and I've seen it improve over the years. One drawback is the fact that horses are allowed on it. I have nothing against them nor would I try more

Recent Improvements

   October, 2013 by 01drider

Groups have been working to improve the Southern Part of this Trail from the trailhead in Farmersville to the southern city limits in Pecan Gap. There is more work to be done, but this 37 mile section of the trail is now open. The first 5 miles are more


   August, 2013 by kilocharlie1970

Thanks to some of the wonderful volunteers from North East Texas Trails association we were able to get the Wolfe City, Hunt County parts of the trail from CR 4901 to CR 3905(cemetery road) passable again. We walked in with large clippers and chain saws. more