The Cotton Belt Trail follows the former St. Louis Southwestern Railway, nicknamed the Cotton Belt line, which began running in the late 1800s and was discontinued in the 1970s. Today, it is part of the planned network of Dallas-Fort Worth trails called the Veloweb.
The rail-trail consists of two disconnected segments: a section running from North Richland Hills to Colleyville and a shorter section in Grapevine. The corridor is shaded in many places, passing among neighborhoods, business districts, and city parks.
In Colleyville, the trail ends at John McCain Road near the Grapevine Highway (SR 26). From here, it's just a short distance to the Grapevine segment, which picks up at SR 26 (also known as Ira E. Wood Avenue), where it intersects Pool Road/Brumlow Avenue. On the south side of SR 26, you'll find the Pool Road Trail. The Grapevine segment continues to run parallel with Ira E. Wood Avenue, past more light industrial and business sectors to end at Ball Street.
At Dick Faram Park in North Richland Hills, the Cotton Belt Trail also intersects with the Walker's Creek Trail. There are plans to extend the trail southeast from North Richland Hills through Haltom City and into Fort Worth.
North Richland Hills is a western suburb of Dallas-Ft. Worth and lies just off I-820. To access the trail, you can park at the municipal complex located just west of Iron Horse and south of Dick Fischer; parking is also available at Dick Faram Park adjacent to Amundson.