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The Old Soncy Trail outside of Amarillo is what remains of Old Soncy Road, which the Texas Department of Transportation replaced with the wider Loop 335. The 3-mile segment of the roadway was turned over from TxDOT to Potter County upon completion of the state highway.
With the exception of signs at each end of the trail indicating that motor vehicles are prohibited, the trail is unsigned and lacks amenities. However, this doesn’t seem to bother area runners and cyclists, who come in droves to use the trail. In fact, its popularity has prompted Amarillo to include the Old Soncy Trail in their recent Hike and Bike Plan, and it is possible that the city and county will work together to maintain and improve the trail in the future.
The trail allows travelers to see the High Plains to the west. In the north, the trail ends at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center, which features nature trails, science education and guided wildlife tours.
Local advocates hope for the Old Soncy Trail to eventually be linked with the Rock Island Rail Trail, which currently begins less than a mile east and extends closer to the heart of Amarillo.
Parking for the Old Soncy Trail is available at the Wildcat Bluff Nature Center on N. Soncy Road. Be sure to stop in, check out the exhibits and pay any required fees. Note that the nearby nature trails do not allow bicycles.
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