Cotton Belt Trail (Waco)

Texas

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Cotton Belt Trail (Waco) Facts

States: Texas
Counties: McLennan
Length: 2.5 miles
Trail end points: Trail Blazer Park on Harris Creek Rd. and Hannah Hill Rd. near Waco Regional Landfill
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6210508

Cotton Belt Trail (Waco) Description

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 and Trail Access

Parking for the Cotton Belt Trail can be found at Trail Blazer Park on Harris Creek Road.

Cotton Belt Trail (Waco) Reviews

Family friendly trail

I took my grandchildren to ride bicycles on the Cotton Belt Trail. It’s great! No streets to cross. Easy parking. We parked in the middle so we could go either way. Very family friendly.

Cotton Belt Trail

This is a nice trail with a slight incline all along the way. Nice trees and scenery. Well done!

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