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Length
Surfaces
Type

Arbor Hills Trail

3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Big Bear Creek Greenbelt

5.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Bob Woodruff Park Trail

3.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

C. Shane Wilbanks Trail

3.2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Caddo Trail

1.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Campion Trail

16.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Celebration Pass Hike and Bike Trail

1.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Central Trail (TX)

4.2 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Chisholm Trail

9.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

College Parkway Hike and Bike Trail

1.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cottonwood Creek Trail (Allen)

7.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cottonwood Creek Trail (McKinney)

2.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Furneaux Creek Blue Trail

6.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Furneaux Creek Orange Trail

1.75 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Hutton Branch Trail

3.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Lakefront Trail

4 mi
State: TX
Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Legacy Trail (TX)

2.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Mills Run Trail

1.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Ridge Trail (Dallas)

6.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete
Accordion

Renner Trail

8 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Russell Creek Park Trail

3.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Santa Fe Trail (Plano)

1.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Serenity Park Hike and Bike Trail

0.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Shady Brook Trail

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Spring Creek Trail (TX)

4.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Taychas Trail

1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

The Colony Shoreline Trail

4 mi
State: TX
Concrete, Crushed Stone

Tribute Shoreline Nature Trail

3.11 mi
State: TX
Dirt

A-train Rail Trail

19 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cotton Belt Trail

19.84 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Little Bear Creek Linear Park

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Ridge Trail

6.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Ray Roberts Greenbelt

10.5 mi
State: TX
Gravel

Rowlett Creek Trail

7.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Watters Branch Trail

7.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Bluebonnet Trail

7.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

City Trail (Highland Village)

3.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Gaylord Texan Trail

1.2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Hoblitzelle Park Trail

3.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Pool Road Trail

1.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

White Rock Park Trail

1.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Windhaven Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Prairie Creek Trail

2.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Steeplechase Park Trail

0.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Beaver Bend Trail

1.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Big Bear Creek Trail (TX)

3.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Blue Ridge Park Trail

0.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Chase Oaks Trail

0.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Coyote Creek Park Trail

0.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

El Dorado Parkway Hike & Bike Trail

3.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Gabe Nesbitt Park Hike and Bike Trail

0.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Haggard Park Trail

0.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Lone Star Ranch Trail

0.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Mustang Creek Trail

2.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Old Shepard Place Trail

1.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Meadow Trail

0.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Russell Creek Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Shawnee Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Suncreek Trail

3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Willow Creek Trail (TX)

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Wilson Creek Greenbelt

6.5 mi
State: TX
Boardwalk, Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview  The Arbor Hills Trail is a 3-mile loop through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The paved pathway through the 200-acre wooded preserve also offers access to unpaved hiking and mountain...
TX 3 mi Concrete
Big Bear Creek Greenbelt follows the picturesque, tree-lined banks of its namesake waterway as it traverses east-west across Keller, a northern suburb of Fort Worth. The trail offers access to...
TX 5.6 mi Concrete
The Bob Woodruff Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail, composed of a loop and several spurs within Bob Woodruff Park, also connects to the Santa Fe Trail as well as the...
TX 3.7 mi Concrete
The C. Shane Wilbanks Trail follows more than three miles of shoreline along Grapevine Lake with pleasant views of the water and surrounding woodlands. The trail ends at Oak Grove Park, the largest...
TX 3.2 mi Concrete
The Caddo Trail follows Stewart Creek, providing a picturesque, tree-lined pathway through upscale neighborhoods. It also provides a safe and convenient route for children as the trail ends at Otis...
TX 1.1 mi Concrete
Overview The scenic Campion Trail offers an eclectic mixture of natural and urban views as it travels through the Dallas suburb of Irving. Currently, the trail consists of separate north and south...
TX 16.9 mi Concrete
Celebration Pass Hike and Bike Trail travels through northeast Allen, a suburb of Dallas, connecting residents to two parks and the city's on-street bike route. The trail runs along the Allen and...
TX 1.6 mi Concrete
This is an example of a rail-with-trail, sitting as it does within the right-of-way of the DART light rail through Richardson, Texas. It derives its name from the Central Expressway, parallel to the...
TX 4.2 mi Asphalt
About the Route Plano's Chisholm Trail extends from Harrington Park on its southern end to Jack Carter Park on its north side. Along the way, the trail connects to the Plano Senior Center, Copper...
TX 9.4 mi Concrete
The College Parkway Hike and Bike Trail is a non-motorized recreation trail in Frisco, Texas. The trail sits in the landscaped right-of-way of the electric utility, TXU Energy, meaning it shares space...
TX 1.7 mi Concrete
The Cottonwood Creek Trail provides a north-south route through Allen, a northern suburb of Dallas, spanning 7.5 miles in two disconnected segments. The northern section begins at Ridgeview Drive,...
TX 7.5 mi Concrete
The Cottonwood Creek Trail is a concrete hike and bike path in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, Texas. Beginning at the southeast corner of Gabe Nesbitt Park, the trail follows Pine Ridge Boulevard...
TX 2.8 mi Concrete
The Furneaux Creek Blue Trail is a picturesque 6.5-mile route that follows its namesake creek through Carrollton, a northern suburb of Dallas. The paved pathway offers views of ponds, lakes, and...
TX 6.5 mi Concrete
Less than two miles in length, Furneaux Creek Orange Trail is a short paved paradise that proves everything doesn't have to be bigger in Texas. The Furneaux Creek Orange Trail's smooth concrete...
TX 1.75 mi Concrete
The Hutton Branch Trail follows a creek and active rail corridor through Carrollton, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. The trail, portions of which are also known as the Purple Trail and Green...
TX 3.4 mi Concrete
At nearly 4 miles, the Lakefront trail connects Beard Park to McCord Park via scenic lakeshore route. The trail is a combination of crushed granite and boardwalk over wetlands. It was officially...
TX 4 mi Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Legacy Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This trail consists of three disconnected segments. The northern most segment connects to the Preston Ridge Trail.
TX 2.9 mi Concrete
Mills Run Trail provides a short, easy and well-shaded route with glimpses of the creek on one side and neighborhood views on the other. It skirts the Grapevine Golf Course and ends at the Grapevine...
TX 1.1 mi Concrete
Overview  The Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail winds through the park for 8.4 miles, offering access to a recreation center, amphitheater, a fishing pond, and a zipline course.   About the...
TX 8.4 mi Concrete
The Preston Ridge Trail (Dallas) is a part of the City of Dallas trails system. This 6.3 mile trail extends through north Dallas and connects the City of Plano with the City of Richardson, as well as...
TX 6.3 mi Concrete
Accordion
This east-west connector trail links the University Trail in the west to Spring Creek and Central Trails to the east of the city of Richardson. It passes residential areas, parks, schools and...
TX 8 mi Asphalt
The Russell Creek Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This loop trail within Russell Creek Park consists of both a short inner loop and a longer outer loop for a total of 3.4 miles...
TX 3.4 mi Concrete
The Santa Fe Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This linear trail extends west of Bob Woodruff Park to Avenue P. It connects to the Bob Woodruff Park Trail, as well as Schell Park,...
TX 1.6 mi Concrete
The Serenity Park Hike and Bike Trail winds through western McKinney, a fast-growing community about 30 miles north of Dallas. The trail begins in its namesake park and follows a tree-lined route...
TX 0.5 mi Concrete
The Shady Brook Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This system of trails connects to the western end of the Bluebonnet Trail.
TX 2.5 mi Concrete
The heavily wooded Spring Creek Trail offers a natural retreat through Richardson, a northern suburb of Dallas, as it winds along the picturesque creek for which it's named. The eastern half of the...
TX 4.4 mi Concrete
The Taychas Trail is located in Frisco, a fast-growing suburb of Dallas named after the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway that was built here in the early 1900s. The trail begins at Rolater Road and...
TX 1 mi Concrete
The Colony Shoreline Trail (TCST) Come experience more than 250 acres of wildlife habitat and park along the scenic shore of Lewisville Lake. The Colony Shoreline Trail offers more than three miles...
TX 4 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Tribute Shoreline Nature Trail is truly one of the most unique trails in all of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Once you get past the Old American Golf Club practice facilities and farther on the...
TX 3.11 mi Dirt
The A-train Rail Trail spans 19 miles, connecting the northwestern Dallas suburbs of Denton and Lewisville along an active commuter line operated by the Denton County Transportation Authority...
TX 19 mi Concrete
Overview  The Cotton Belt Trail, located northwest of Dallas is planned to one day be a regional trail corridor connecting the region. The trail currently stretches 19.84 miles, most of which...
TX 19.84 mi Concrete
The Little Bear Creek Linear Park is a popular community amenity in the northern Texas town of Keller. The trail begins by paralleling Rapp Road before veering south as it approaches Willis Lane. The...
TX 2.5 mi Concrete
The Preston Ridge Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This north-south trail though the City of Plano connects a number of other trails, including the Bluebonnet Trail, the Preston...
TX 6.1 mi Concrete
Note: Per the Ray Roberts Lake State Park website, "Due to prior flood damage, the FM 380 section of the Greenbelt Corridor is closed. The hard surface trail of the Greenbelt Corridor between Hwy 428...
TX 10.5 mi Gravel
The Rowlett Creek Trail matches the course of its namesake waterway. The trail starts at Bolin Park and head west, the begins to meander north before coming to a fork. The west branch winds along West...
TX 7.3 mi Concrete
The Watters Branch Trail travels through upscale neighborhoods and wooded riparian areas. The main segment It begins at Ridgewood Drive near a parcel of undeveloped parkland, and travels south more...
TX 7.1 mi Concrete
The Bluebonnet Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail extends over 10 miles, with a short break near Preston Rd. Bluebonnet Trail provides a continuous trail connection with at...
TX 7.6 mi Concrete
City Trail is tucked away in the city of Highland Village. City Trail offers tremendous connectivity, both to shops, schools, neighborhoods, and other trails. Highland Village City Trail is a part of...
TX 3.8 mi Concrete
The Gaylord Texan Trail offers woodland views as it loops around the southern tip of Grapevine Lake, a popular camping, fishing and boating destination. Also adjacent to the trail is the Gaylord Texan...
TX 1.2 mi Concrete
The Hoblitzelle Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail consists of small network of loops and spurs around Hoblitzelle Park in Plano. The trail offers a total of 3.6 miles...
TX 3.6 mi Concrete
The Pool Road Trail begins in Grapevine, a small Texas town known for its mustang grapes and wineries. The trail travels south along its busy namesake roadway and provides an important connection to...
TX 1.5 mi Concrete
The White Rock Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This short trail connects the Steeplechase Trail to the Old Shepard Place Trail within the city of Plano. The trail also connects...
TX 1.4 mi Concrete
The Windhaven Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This small trail system makes for 1.3 miles of trail in and arround Windhaven Park in the western part of the City of Plano. The...
TX 1.3 mi Concrete
The Prairie Creek Trail follows an open corridor through suburban back yards in Lewisville. The trail passes through a linear greenway, offering access among neighborhoods and parks.
TX 2.1 mi Concrete
The Steeplechase Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This short 1/2 mile trail in Steeplechase Park connects to the White Rock Park Trail just outside of the park.
TX 0.5 mi Concrete
The Beaver Bend Trail begins in the southwestern corner of Frisco, off 4th Army Memorial Road, and provides easy access to the Stewart Creek Estates and Heritage Green neighborhoods as it travels east...
TX 1.1 mi Concrete
If you are searching for a place to get lost in nature while remaining close to civilization, the Big Bear Creek Trail is a great option. The multipurpose trail runs for nearly 3.4 miles within the...
TX 3.4 mi Concrete
The Blue Ridge Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This short connector trail runs though Blue Ridge Park in Plano, and connects to the Bluebonnet Trail. The Blue Ridge Park Trail...
TX 0.1 mi Concrete
The Chase Oaks Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This short neighborhood trail parallels Chase Oaks Blvd. and Oak Ridge Dr. within the City of Plano.
TX 0.4 mi Concrete
The Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail is comprised of two unconnected segments. The north segment extends from Coldwater Creek Ln to Oxbow Creek Ln.,...
TX 1.3 mi Concrete
The Coyote Creek Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail consists of a loop around Coyote Creek Park, with a number of short spurs, for just under one mile of total trail...
TX 0.8 mi Concrete
This concrete non-motorized pathway starts in a residential part of McKinney, on Voltaire Boulevard then whips round and ducks under El Dorado Parkway to emerge on the edge of Valley Creek Park. The...
TX 3.4 mi Concrete
This concrete trail is a continuation of a trail that starts in Serenity Park, north of Eldorado Parkway, runs along the east side of Gabe Nesbitt Community Park, and continues along Cottonwood Creek....
TX 0.5 mi Concrete
The Haggard Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This short loop-and-spur trail winds its way though Haggard Park within the city of Plano. The total trail length is approxmately...
TX 0.3 mi Concrete
The Lone Star Ranch Trail runs through the tree-dotted greenway between the upscale houses that flank Blazing Star Road and Hidden Creek Lane in Frisco, a northern suburb of Dallas. Near its...
TX 0.7 mi Concrete
Allen is a city just north of Plano, Texas within the Dallas-Fort Worth metro footprint. The city is home to over 60 miles of paved share-use pathways. The Mustang Creek Trail is one of these, a trail...
TX 2.8 mi Concrete
The Old Shepard Place Trail is a part of the City of Plano trails system. This trail parallels Park Blvd. and Winding Hollow Ln. for much of its length and includes a short loop around Old Shephards...
TX 1.7 mi Concrete
The Preston Meadow Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This short trail system loops around Preston Meadow Park, and connects to the Preston Ridge Trail, as well as Daffron...
TX 0.8 mi Concrete
The Russell Creek Greenbelt is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This greenbelt trail has two courses parallel to Russell Creek for a total of 2.5 miles of trail, and connects to Andrews...
TX 2.5 mi Concrete
The Shawne Park Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This short trail consists of a loop a two spurs for a total of just under one mile of trails within Shawnee Park. The trail also...
TX 0.9 mi Concrete
The Suncreek Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This neighborhood trail extends from Alma Drive to north to Roma Lane, and west to Rollins Drive in the northeast part of the city. The...
TX 3 mi Concrete
The Willow Creek Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This short trail system consists of 1.3 miles of loops and spurs within Willow Creek Park in the eastern part of the City of Plano....
TX 1.3 mi Concrete
Wilson Creek has always been a fundamental part of McKinney history. When Collin County was created, the Texas legislature determined that each county seat had to be within three miles of the center...
TX 6.5 mi Boardwalk, Concrete

Recent Trail Reviews

Arbor Hills Trail

Walking Yes, Biking No

June, 2024 by katelynbdavis96

I’ve been here a few types to walk and it is a great spot. Plenty of shade with great overlooks and nature views. There are usually a lot of people walking so I never felt unsafe. But the amount of people that make walking great, is exactly why this is a terrible place to bike. I tried biking here and was constantly stopping because the “traffic” was so heavy that there was no way to pass the people safely. There is also a park for kids, decent bathrooms, and water fountains.

Hutton Branch Trail

Purple Trail

June, 2024 by veh.ben

Animals look happy. Decent hiding spots

Caddo Trail

Excellent

June, 2024 by gisgenius

Nice trail; lot of trees; shade.

Accordion

Caddo Trail

Well Shaded Trail

May, 2024 by katelynbdavis96

I was pleasantly surprised by this trail. Almost the entire trail is covered with trees like a boulevard with a stream on one side and upscale homes on the other. There are two points where you have to cross the street, but the trail is well marked on the street and I never felt unsafe.

Central Trail (TX)

Great, Low-traffic trail

April, 2024 by pv9hft8nyz

This trail is great if you’re looking for a safe, urban trail. All of the streets that intersect the trails have clear cross walks/lights which made me feel more comfortable with my dog. My dog is quite reactive so I’m always looking for trails that have fewer people on them but feels safe and this was exactly that!

Lakefront Trail

Great ride

March, 2024 by womble87

Rode the trail on my E-bike from Farmersville for 17miles. You start to run in to big mud puddles after 10 miles as of March 30 but I’m sure that will dry up in the next month or so.

Cotton Belt Trail

Colleyville city- Cotton Belt Trail Review

March, 2024 by leytonlehner

I walked along the Cotton Belt trail with my sister and father on a nice Thursday night. The trail happens to go through our neighborhood and area (as well as Hurst, Grapevine, and North Richland Hills.) and thought it would be a wonderful experience to go on. The Cotton Belt trail is home to many attractions and gentle scenery along its paths. From what I can see from the Colleyville portion of the path, most of the trail is kept clean by the community, and the people who live along the trail enjoy the walks they get; However, I did see trash in the brush around the path. A thing I believe that could be improved is possibly wider paths for more people to walk on at once, but also keep a distance from others. The trail provides trash cans along the path, as well as bags for dog poop. The Colleyville trail still has a lot of wildlife, while also being in an urban area. I believe this trail is a great place to go and see nature outside while enjoying it thoroughly. It's great for children of all ages, and even for a quiet walk away from the troubles of life. It's a wonderful place to go and I thoroughly enjoyed the gift and creation from God, and I felt more connected with him and the community as I enjoyed the amazing experience they had given me.

Furneaux Creek Orange Trail

Nice path

March, 2024 by janicejoy1

This trail is pretty long and seems safe! It’s scenic and has cute picnic spots too.

Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail

Great trails and bird watching.

December, 2023 by jpetersontx

Perfect fall day for 12 miles of adventure with my dog. We enjoy the wide paved trails and even the hiking trails now that the snakes are less active. Saw a few ducks, and a great blue heron.

Campion Trail

Wide cycle and running path

September, 2023 by benjigator

There are a lot of people on the trail, and many people are walking their dogs. The path is really great.

If you are a clipped-in cyclist, the path can be dangerous because young children play on the path. Because of the winding and trees, it's hard to see people standing to talk or children lying down on it.

Generally, the parents who take their children to the path or picnic don't pay attention to cyclists or runners. Very young children are on the path with no adult supervision, or they step in front of bikes to be funny.

The leashed dogs generally lunge at runners and cyclists.

If the path is quiet, it's a great place. The public roads around this are dangerous for cyclists. Texas is generally a very dangerous place to cycle on public roads. I'm not sure how to change this.

Be safe!

Celebration Pass Hike and Bike Trail

easy and quick

September, 2023 by megansanchez25

Great ride on a weekday or weekend, extremely easy and enjoyable. It’s got some views but it’s more about the ride! Love it and it’s pet friendly

Spring Creek Trail (TX)

Gorgeous Trail

August, 2023 by kimbostian

This is a fun trail. Very well shaded and a clear stream trickling throughout the trail.

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