Denton Branch Rail Trail

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The Denton Branch Rail Trail is constructed on the right-of-way of the former MKT Railroad, Denton Branch, between Denton and Lake Dallas. For 8 miles of its route, the new 8-foot-wide concrete trail follows along the commuter rail line, the Denton County A-Train, a 21-mile rail commuter line between Denton and Carrollton, where it connects to the DART Green light rail line into Dallas.

The Denton Branch Rail Trail generally parallels I-35, passing among schools, shopping centers, medical facilities, manufacturing plants and urban residential areas. The trail extends from the new Denton Downtown Transit Center on Hickory Street south to Swisher Road in Lake Dallas, with many trail access points at public streets. In addition to the downtown transit center, the trail also connects with the station in Med Park.

Parking and Trail Access

Trail access points include the City of Denton, City Hall East at the north trail head on Hickory street. Other major points of access include the Golden Triangle Mall area at Loop 288 near Target Department Store, North Central Texas Community College at Corinth Street and 15 other public street crossings.

A map can be found on the Trail Website. For additional information, contact the Denton Parks and Recreation Department at 940-349-7275 or see the Trail Website.

Reviews

Great for linking neighborhoods or commuting

   July, 2014 by mejess1964

If you need to get across town on your bike this is a great way to go. I am glad this trail is here. If you want to get out and ride don't bother. A few road crossings? I think I counted 6 in the first 6 miles. The train station at mile 3 is really weird. ...read more

Underwhelming Trail

   May, 2014 by maribelv78

I had high expectations of this trail because Denton is a beautiful city and kind of set a high bar. I liked that you can park your car right where you Park and Ride and the beginning of the trail is literally right there. But here are my issues: you ...read more

Well-maintained paved trail....

   June, 2013 by carmas

Did the complete circuit and found it was leisurely, with a few grades and intersection-crossings that keep your attention. A few areas of foliage over-growth, and the North route can pose some headwinds. All-in-all, a really enjoyable ride and easily ...read more