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The first phase of Tyler's Legacy Trails consists of 4.2 miles of 10-foot-wide concrete trails with portions running on the eastern and western sides of Old Jacksonville Highway.
The eastern segment begins on Old Jacksonville Highway, just south of Three Lakes Parkway. It travels south along the highway, and then east along Dueling Oaks Drive, before pivoting south until it reaches Cumberland Road.
The western segment is longer and sits in the right-of-way of the former St. Louis Southwestern Railroad, commonly known as the "Cotton Belt Route" or just "Cotton Belt". The corridor sat abandoned for years until plans were made to convert it into a hike-and-bike trail as part of the Legacy Trails. This segment begins on Three Lakes Parkway, just west of Old Jacksonville Highway, and heads south on the old railbed to a point just north of Saline Creek Road (FM 2813) in the neighboring city of Gresham.
The trails are concrete and suitable for walkers as well as cyclists. Residents can use the trail to run errands or to simply get out into nature.
A second phase is planned, where the trail will be extended north to Grande Boulevard.
The trailhead is on the southwest corner of Three Lakes Pkwy and Old Jacksonville Hwy, just south of the FRESH market. It is only accessible on Three Lakes Parkway at the light at Old Jacksonville Hwy heading east. There is another parking lot at the corner of Crosslake Blvd and Mahar Rd.( County Road 164), 0.25-mile south from the Three Lake Pkwy trailhead.
Beautiful place to walk in South Tyler. Plenty of shade and scenery walking alongside an old railroad path. Perfect for exercise and lots of fresh air.
Nice shaded trail with benches at both ends and at the half way mark. They now have bicycle tool/air stations at both ends and water fountains but no restrooms yet. Will be a great trail when expanded.
Great trails. Concrete and wide. Perfect for a nice bike ride or walk. Nice area.
Found these trails. One side of highway is flat. The other runs over some hills to Cumberland rd which runs to Faulkner park for more trails. Highly recommend
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