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Waco’s Cotton Belt Trail—not to be confused with the trail of the same name in the Dallas/Fort Worth area—opened in 2013 on an abandoned St. Louis Southwestern Railway corridor. The railroad, popularly known as the Cotton Belt, linked Texas with Arkansas and Missouri and was later absorbed into the Southern Pacific system.
The wide trail connects the Harris Creek neighborhood on the west side of Waco, which features a short loop trail at the new Trail Blazer Park, with Hannah Hill Road, closer to Lake Waco. The Cotton Belt Trail runs primarily through a flat landscape of open fields dotted with trees, but the highlight is undoubtedly the winding route under Old Lorena Road leading to the stunning bridge over the Bosque River. The bridge is lit for use at night.
Parking for the Cotton Belt Trail can be found at Trail Blazer Park on Harris Creek Road.
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