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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 that together total more than 13 miles of wide, flat and paved pathway. Future plans call for connecting the two segments as part of a 22-mile greenbelt along tributaries of the Trinity River.
The longer northern section follows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and is an important recreational and commuting route. The trail begins in the Valley Ranch community at Sam Houston Trail Park. From there, it travels south to Las Colinas, Irving's central business district.
The southern section follows the West Fork of the Trinity River. It begins in Trinity View Park, where you'll find drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic shelters, grills, and athletic fields. Additional amenities can be found along the way at Twin Wells Park and Mountain Creek Preserve. This section connects to Grand Prairie’s Lone Star Trail. The two trails are part of a larger regional effort to join trail systems across Irving, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas.
Parking for the northern section of the trail is available in T.W. Richardson Grove Park (333 Interstate 635) and Sam Houston Trail Park (101 East Interstate 635).
Parking for the southern section of the trail is available in Trinity View Park (2221 East State Highway 356) and Mountain Creek Preserve (1000 E. Hunter Ferrell).
Great trail. A bit of construction at the moment. Also, when riding directly under the big power lines, I kept getting static shocks when i touched metal on my bike. Luckily that segment is short.
The north part of the trail is very nice and of course nicer than the South end. However, the South end isn't as bad as described here. There is some construction occurring and yes, you do pass by a wastewater treatment plant. However, the smell is not as bad once you get east of the plant. On other words, if you park at the South it will stink in the parking lot on some days but as soon as you get a quarter mile east of there the smell is gone. It's not as charming but still a fine trail that is wide and flat.
The big letdown for me is finding that the North and South trails do not connect. And it's not a short and easy jaunt to try and make work either. It's an industrial area with a lot of construction going on so if you bike through the surface streets it isn't a pleasant ride. It's where the Loop 12, Highway 183, Highway 144 roads all merge.
I hope that the plan is to connect the two sections so one can enjoy a nice long ride!
Sidenote: Where the South trail goes on to connect to Lone Star is frequently flooded but still worth the ride!
The North end of the trail in Irving is now repaired from flood damage, The South trail extends to Verizon theater and the race track. Look at Google maps with the bike trail overlay. It is pretty accurate. The only issue on the South trail is that there are broken sewage mains that make for a disgusting couple of miles.
Unless you like running/biking directly under power lines, and past major highways, industrial truck yards, and the occasional horse, find another trail. The southern section is close to the Grand Prairie landfill so on a windy day you can't even get out of your car, the smell is awful.
I rode this trail recently and I loved it, the water has cleared up and there are no snakes(at least none that I saw). The off-road trails are still closed but the paved trail is open and very smooth for the most part; you might to be a little careful when it goes through the trees since there are a lot of twigs/acorns lying around. Other than it is fantastic!
Alot of the parts of the park has been shut down due to flooding so biking isn't as enjoyable as could of been. Also I see snakes every single day I go out to ride. Several times I have nearly hit the snakes and it is not enjoyable riding the bike trying to watch out for snakes when every fallen branch looks like it could of been one. I decided to head out to a different trail until the park gets up and running again. Used to be much more active as well.
As of 2/27/16, the southern most parking lots were closed, but I couldn't tell if the same parts of that trail were closed as well. I did notice lots of areas of the trail were flooded, especially by the police station and south of there from the rain we got earlier in the week.
The north trail (California Crossing to Valley Ranch) is all open. They said there was some construction going on around the underpass at Northwest highway though.
I was wondering if anyone has had the chance to ride the trail yet? I know it was recently under water, I would like to know if it's all clear now.
Trail is great everyone is polite on the trail and share it with courtesy both pedestrians and cyclist.
Wondering if the excess water has drained from the trail and how the trail is now...? Are the grassy areas mowed or cut back yet? Afraid of a surprisingly amount of critters that may be lurking around. Guess I'll find out soon.
I've been running this trail for several years.
It is very wide so there is plenty of space for both pedestrians and cyclists. One end of the trail starts at the intersection of Riverside and Las Colinas Blvd, there is a parking lot there too. I used to use that lot but 2 times already I've seen people's cars broken into, even in broad daylight, so I would not recommend parking there. I would park off riverside at the police station (only an idiot would try to break into a car at a police station).
The Trail is about 6 miles long from this end to the tip of the loop right before you can cross a bridge into valley ranch. That is what I like about it.. if you want to go for a really long run you can just cross the bridge and run on the existing trails through valley ranch, which are right next to a canal, which is nice.
There are usually a lot of both cyclists and pedestrians but everyone is courteous. The trail is also mostly flat and wide everywhere so that is a plus.
I've seen all kinds of wildlife... rabbits, skunks, coyotes, etc.
Just keep in mind that if it rains a lot the low lying drainage area just sound of the police station will be flood and impassible.
Oh yea, there are 3 water fountains along the trail, pretty evenly spread out too, which is good. and Port-a-potties evenly spread out as well, which is good.
Overall, a great trail.
I have ridden these trails for two years and have enjoyed them very much. There are some small hills but none that I have gotten off my bike to go up. There is only one street that you have to cross. You will go under all the rest of them. There is some off road trails but I have never taken them. There are several picnic areas and rest rooms. (port-a-pots) Last week I did get two flats, my first flats on my bike. One on the front and the other on the rear. (Lucky me)
Love this trail and have been there several times since recently discovering it. Not only does it have a "safe" feeling to it but it has small challenges throughout - mild hills. This is my latest favorite trail!! :)
I know the total of both trails is seven miles... How much is each trail?
I just moved here from IL and i was very happy to see such a well maintained WIDE trail. I"m used to either crushed gravel or dirt paths in IL. So this is a welcome find in my area. I rode almost the entire trail and found it very easy to ride, with lots of shaded areas and benches to rest on. I did not try out the porta potties but there were quite a few if i needed them.
there were lots of turns off for scenic views of the river or lakes. there are no amenities on the trail and i had a few people ask me if there was a store nearby. lots of joggers and a few other cyclists during lunch on a weekday. i can only imagine it would be very busy on the weekends
I just like to say that it was only a few months ago that I began to ride and I must say I'm sorry to myself that it took me so long to do this,yet Now that I'm out here it is great the Campion Trails are just what I needed. the paved trail are really clean and the Flat surface is so easy to move around on.I like the Ideal of having the chance to see the river as I ride and it's really nice that I don't have to just keep riding in the Sun the whole time being that part of the trails are in the shade. Thanks to all who have help put this together and Thanks to all the Nice people that i have got to know so far out on this lovely trail.
I liked this trail a lot. It is easy to get to and has numerous parking locations along it. The map doesn't show any restrooms, but there are Port-A-Potties available. It is almost exactly half in the shade and half in full sun. The trail is relatively flat and paved. It is wide, so there's lots of room for everyone. It goes along a lake, a river, and a canal, so there is always something interesting to look at. I needed a little more time on the bike, so I took some of the cut-offs into Valley Ranch and Las Colinas and rode on nice, mostly empty streets to add on some miles.
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