Preston Ridge Trail

Texas

Preston Ridge Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Collin
Length: 6.1 miles
Trail end points: Ridge Point Ln., Plano and Hanover Ct., Plano
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6373397
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Preston Ridge Trail Description

The Preston Ridge Trail is a part of the City of Plano trail system. This north-south trail though the City of Plano connects a number of other trails, including the Bluebonnet Trail, the Preston Meadow Trail, and the Legacy Trail. The trail also connects to Daffron Elementary, Preston Meadow Park, Carpenter Park and Recreation Center, and Borchardt Elementary School.

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Preston Ridge Trail Reviews

A perfect urban trail consisting of a wide concrete trail, manicured with trees, benches and cute, snappy signs indicating crossing points, caution areas, etc. Obviously a well-loved trail where runners wave a "hello" and dog walkers keep the Doggy Poop station filled with bags. The trail follows the power transmission towers, which is typical in Dallas, but has done a great job of landscaping. The trail also passes by several schools and parks.

Great distance for running, and a nice way to get away from the traffic in Plano. However, there are no water fountains along this route so bring your own bottle or be prepared to stop at nearby fast food places for water.

Nice ride, inclines and declines but you're riding under powerlines for the entire duration of your ride. Not just electrical connections... serious power lines.

Accordion

This trail is very convenient, running North and South between Coit and Preston Roads. It is smooth concrete, in good condition, and wide. Traffic is light to moderate. It starts at Ridgeview Road in far north Plano, and goes almost to Plano Parkway in south Plano. As such, it takes you many places directly, and connects to other streets that are very good cycling streets. Consult the map and check it out!

The only downsides are:

1. There is not a crossing of Legacy Drive. You are supposed to ride a narrow sidewalk to a traffic signal a block or so away, cross, ride another narrow sidewalk back to the trail and continue. This is not good, but we are told a fix is in the works.

2. There are crossings of 3 other major thoroughfares (Spring Creek, Parker, Park). You cross at grade, and there are chicanes to slow you down, and the traffic is high speed, so be cautious. You can stop in the median, which is good. Hopefully these will have on demand signals at some point.

3. The names of the cross streets are not on the posts. This would help in navigation to the East West cross streets.

4. The South end of the trail ends in a neighborhood. Hopefully it will be finished out into North Dallas one of these days!

This is a very good trail in good shape regardless of the above. I wish all trails were this good.

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