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.


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 more

Denton Rail Branch - Nearly done

   April, 2013 by denman

Rode the Denton Rail Branch from McKinney St. depot to Swisher. Nice ride. 6 feet wide concrete with a few stop signs at road crossings. A few slight hills, enough to get some lower gears, not enough to drop into granny for the riders. The overpass more

Denton Branch

   May, 2012 by jujuw2278

Denton Branch Rail-Trail is a very good concept. Side walks are wide and clear in most areas. Unfortunately, I could only recommend this trail to an experienced in-line skater. Back in February I attempted this trail and quickly realized that it was more