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Length
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A-Train Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Arbor Hills Trail

3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Beaver Bend Trail

1.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Big Bear Creek Greenbelt

5.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Blue Ridge Park Trail

0.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Bluebonnet Trail

7.6 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

4.2 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Chase Oaks Trail

0.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Chisholm Trail

9.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

City Trail (Highland Village)

3.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cotton Belt Trail

11.2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Cottonwood Creek Greenbelt

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Coyote Creek Park Trail

0.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Furneaux Creek Blue Trail

4.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Furneaux Creek Orange Trail

1.75 mi
State: TX
Concrete
Accordion

Gaylord Texan Trail

1.2 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Haggard Park Trail

0.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Hoblitzelle Park Trail

3.6 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Hutton Branch Trail

3.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Lakefront Trail (TX)

4 mi
State: TX
Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Legacy Trail (TX)

2.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Little Bear Creek Linear Park

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Lone Star Ranch Trail

0.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Mills Run Trail

1.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Old Shepard Place Trail

1.7 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Pool Road Trail

1.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Prairie Creek Trail

2.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Meadow Trail

0.8 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Ridge Trail

6.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Preston Ridge Trail (Dallas)

6.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Ray Roberts Greenbelt

10.5 mi
State: TX
Gravel

Renner Trail

1.9 mi
State: TX
Asphalt

Russell Creek Greenbelt

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

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

2.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Shady Brook Trail

2.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Shawnee Park Trail

0.9 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Spring Creek Trail (TX)

4.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Steeplechase Park Trail

0.5 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Suncreek Trail

0.4 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

Watters Branch Trail

7.1 mi
State: TX
Concrete

White Rock Park Trail

1.4 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Willow Creek Trail

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete

Windhaven Park Trail

1.3 mi
State: TX
Concrete
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
TX 3.5 mi Concrete
The Arbor Hills Trail lies only 20 miles north of downtown Dallas in the northern suburb of Plano. The paved pathway loops through a 200-acre wooded nature preserve and offers access to unpaved hiking...
TX 3 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
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 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 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
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
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 is comprised of separate north and south sections...
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
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
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 Creek Playground,...
TX 9.3 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 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...
TX 11.2 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
Furneaux Creek Blue Trail offers a picturesque 4.5-mile route through Carrollton, a northern suburb of Dallas. The paved pathway offers views of ponds, lakes, and fields of wildflowers with several...
TX 4.5 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
Accordion
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 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 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 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
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 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
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
The Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This trail winds its way through Oak Point Park & Nature Preserve, and includes a short loop for a total of 3.4...
TX 3.4 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 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 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 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 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
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
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
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 further connects to bicycle lanes along Custer...
TX 1.9 mi Asphalt
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 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 2.9 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 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 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 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 Suncreek Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This short neighborhood trail extens from Tatum Dr. to Alma Dr. in the northeast part of the city.
TX 0.4 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 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 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 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
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

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A-Train Rail Trail

Google Calls This Route “Denton Katy Trail”

October, 2018 by dnewgard

Addtl from previous review. Tip: park at the Medpark DCTA station which is mid-trail. The ride North or South.

A-Train Rail Trail

Just OK

October, 2018 by dnewgard

All paved which is nice. It’s a city trail along train tracks so anywhere a train crosses a road, you get to play with pedestrian ‘walk/don’t walk’ signals. I hit about 5-8 on the northern half of this trail.

If any city trail maintenance people read this; This trail would get 5 stars from me if you erected small trail map podiums ever 1.5 miles with You Are Here markings. Or just put a nice stake in the ground with mile markers like Little Elm does on their trails.

Ray Roberts Greenbelt

Trail STILL closed!

October, 2018 by dnewgard

Trail STILL closed. Lower half is under water at 380 trail head (you can’t even enter the trail head area).

Accordion

Cotton Belt Trail

Very Urban Feeling

September, 2018 by forthetollferry

It's good to have a trail, but couldn't it have been set amongst a few more trees or further from the road? I suppose not with the way the area is developed. One other thing, it doesn't seem to have very distinct access points with designated parking.

Ray Roberts Greenbelt

trail still closed

July, 2018 by alexmimholz

lower half of trail still closed!

Campion Trail

Amazing trail

July, 2018 by maybenitez1

My husband and I love this trail, today I had a scare while walking the trail. We came face to face with 3 lynx or maybe Bobcats. Very amazing sight to see but we where startled. They climbed up the tree and we could hear them fighting. Just be aware at all times and enjoy the beauty of this trail.

Campion Trail

First visit

July, 2018 by rlaffey729

I heard about this trail and went to ride this week. Very nice trail, the designers added unique features to personalize the trail with tree trunk carvings, very nice landscapes, pretty cool bridges, fences were nice, and just a great experience. Trail markers and maps are very helpful. Kudos to the city of Irving for the investment and maintenance, we will return regularly.

A-Train Rail Trail

Great trail....except...

June, 2018 by brettcornell

Was glad to find this trail relatively close to home. Fairly well maintained and a nice ride with two exceptions: 1. Far too many intersections with pretty heavy automobile traffic. Too many drivers has very little regard for bikers and you have to be extremely careful crossing. 2. In the Lake Dallas area for some reason they have placed giant barricades over 3/4 of the bike paths at each intersection with the road. These are very close to the road, requiring even more caution and manipulating to not only avoid traffic, but navigate around to continue on the trail. I even scraped my leg on one barricade while trying to get by it.

Cotton Belt Trail

Cottonbelt

June, 2018 by karynrky

6/23/18- Headed toward NRH, the trail was shutdown at mile 9 for construction. Nicely kept, clean trails. Moderate incline from grapevine to NRH, but mostly flat terrain. We enjoyed the ride despite killer winds there and back.

Arbor Hills Trail

Great views, mixed use park. Favorite park thus far for concrete. decent MTB

May, 2018 by shan.jackson

Great views, mixed use park. Favorite park thus far for concrete. decent MTB

A-Train Rail Trail

Great find!

March, 2018 by choirmom_tl

Having moved to North Dallas from South Dallas, I have been hard pressed to find some nice trails. This trail does not disappoint. There are frequent crossings that can be tricky. What is nice is that there are areas one can veer off for more challenging biking up hills. There are beautiful neighborhoods throughout. I will look forward to taking this trail again.
4 stars because at times the trail feels a little unsafe and remote from a female perspective.

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