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I love the trail! I live nearby and would bike along the trail a couple of times each week. The wildlife we can see around the main trail- deer, grey heron, geese, ducks, et cetera, makes me miss them and want to see them often.
One special spot I‘d highly recommend you visit at dusk, where you can view dozens of grey heron perched on a couple of trees standing in the lake right to the east side of the Parmer bridge at Brushy Creek. The scene is quite spectacular. You can bike pretty close to the trees and heron by following the small path underneath the bridge from the sports complex, in the opposite direction from the railway.
HA! So I just deleted this long, detailed, glowing review of this excellent trail, then thought, "what the heck am I doing!!". Stay away and leave this gem to the locals that live on or nearby the trail, like myself.
But if you promise to come only once or twice to check it out, then bring your dog on a leash or your bicycle (road or mountain) or just your walking shoes...you will not be disappointed. It is exceedingly safe with daily Trail Stewards on bikes and the occasional quad runner with a park police officer, astonishingly beautiful, unexpectedly quiet, and you are guaranteed to come away thinking...wow, this was much, much better than I ever expected! Not perfect, but definitely worth a visit.
I'll leave it at that.
I depend on this trail for much needed daily walks but am slowly beginning to avoid it as there's too many times I've been almost run over by cyclists. Avoid the off-the-path trail which runs along the creek on the weekends as there are too many cyclists and they'll expect you to get over and stand in thigh-high weeds for them. Also, some race down steep slopes so fast that it will be impossible for them to stop for a pedestrian. The path along the creek is better on the weekdays. Pedestrians really need to keep their wits about them and listen and watch for cyclists coming from behind or in front as many won't be watching for pedestrians.
I absolutely love this trail! I used to live directly on the trail-path, and I would ride my bike on the trail daily. I recently moved, so I cant ride it as often as I used to, but let me tell you, I do every chance I get!
The main trail has many trail paths (off the main path) that allow you to enjoy a rugged (mountain bike experience), but it also features a great concrete (Main Trail), with some areas being crushed stone; which allow you to speed ride comfortable.
The scenery is what originally got me! Some areas are wooded, with a creek running beside you, and some areas have a lake, parks, bridges; its quite the outdoor experience.
This trail is a must ride, if you haven't already!
It was great ride to do from ljb spot. I went left for about 5 miles and then back past along the boardwalk for another 7 miles. It was awesome workout.
did it so many times as a child ,now i only get to get there once a year . still is the best trail in the world . or maybe its just taking me back to beautiful time in memory i hope everyone visiting there would have the feelings i go through when just smelling the seance of this area.i love it, diffenetly one of the "must-see" places in the world at least once before you go ;)
not slippery at all, i like how they keep the trail neat and clean.
I live in Houston and I've heard a lot of great reviews about this trail. Finally me & my wife drove almost 6 hours round trip and rode this trail on 10/21/2017 and here is my thought about this trail.
1. The length of the trail is great and same as the scenery.
2. The best part of the trail is the boardwalk and the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge.
3. My wife complains about the why the trail is not paved, it was too dusty.
4. SIGNS! The trail need a lot of signs especially the east end of the lake (Longhorn Dam & Holly St.). We went over to the east side of the S Pleasant Valley Rd. because there was no sigh to give us the right direction and the trail became almost invisible at the baseball field at Riverview St.
5. MAPS! Lacking of the "You Are Here" Maps, we could not get a good idea of which part of the trail we were at.
This could be a 5-star trail if there are enough signs & maps, please improve...
Great trail BUT please be careful! A couple of bikers were assaulted this morning by a man on a mountain bike. He was acting bizarrely they said. Please be aware of what is going on around you!
The trail is shaded in most places, meandering through nature on either side. Excellent signage is provided along the trail.
An average trail for hikers.
I rode this trail a week ago from the mission trail with goal of looping around OLLU and back to add mileage to the mission trail. It was empty except homeless people under bridges, some covered with sheets, giving the experience a bit of the macabre. I turned around and won't go back until usage is up.
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