Chisholm Trail


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Chisholm Trail Facts

States: Texas
Counties: Collin
Length: 9.4 miles
Trail end points: Legacy Dr & Tracy Dr (Plano) and Harrington Park (401 W 16th St, Plano)
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6373375

Chisholm Trail Description

About the Route

Plano's Chisholm Trail extends from Harrington Park on its southern end to Jack Carter Park on its north side. Along the way, the trail connects to the Plano Senior Center, Copper Creek Playground, Big Lake Park, Schimelpfenig Library, Memorial Park and several schools. From 15th Street to Legacy Drive, the Chisholm Trail provides an easy, pleasant experience by avoiding traffic with below-grade crossings of major streets.


For more adventure, travelers can connect to the Bluebonnet Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

The Chisholm Trail runs between the intersection of Legacy Dr & Tracy Dr (Plano) and Harrington Park (401 W 16th St, Plano). Parking is available along the route, near both ends:

  • Jack Carter Park (2800 Maumelle Dr, Plano), where there are several parking lots and restrooms.
  • Harrington Park (401 W 16th St, Plano), where there are restrooms and drinking fountains. 

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Chisholm Trail Reviews

Great Trail To Trick Your Family Into Going Further

This is a great trail that I used to run every day starting at the library going down to the senior center at 15th and back. Now I am riding a bike and dragging my family out and there are enough options to keep them distracted to keep going further and the days I go alone there are a lot of connecting trails along with riding on the sidewalk for a bit in between that it is awesome and can make new routes whenever.

Chisholm Trail

Great, clean, unobstructed concrete trail. I have run this for years since growing up in Plano. The trail gets better with age.

Picturesque protected trail - for PLANO ;-)

The older, well maintained neighborhoods of a Plano, such as the ones you’ll pass on this trail are pleasant to look at and relatively safe to ride on. At the southern end of the trail is a felled tree on the west side trail which for most of us, can simply ride around. I downloaded this app so that I would have something different to look at than my immediate neighborhood, and so far it has been beneficial.

Great Path - Easy Social Distancing

Great trail to start the day. I only did part of the trail today, just under 7 miles total, but I will be back to do the whole trail. Friendly people, beautiful scenery, and safe walking conditions.


Solid trail

Great trail with a lot of curves. The trail gets a little boring at parts but still better than the roads. Note: got lost and turned on the Blue Bonnet trail, had to circle back - not a critique on the trail more of an FYI.

Easy riding

The Chisholm Trail is a well maintained, paved, neighborhood ride that passes behind many beautiful houses and shopping areas and connects many small playgrounds. It is wide, well marked and mostly flat and goes underneath any major road so is a continuous ride. . It is mostly sunny and exposed. There is no parking at Chisholm Trail Park at one end but you can park in a nearby elementary school on Marchman Way. The easiest parking is at the other end at Harrington Park.The Bluebonnet trail links with it near the dog park. I have found conflicting sites stating the distance of the completed loop from Legacy Drive to Harrington park down one side and then back the other side of the creek.

Great relaxing ride!!!

Such a great day!! Laura is so easy going (we literally talked on the phone for almost 2 hours during booking)! Her daughter was our guide and was so fun! Getting to see Texas on horseback like that was amazing! So pretty!! Would definitely recommend!!

One of the best

I rode this, today, for the first time. For a city trail, it's very good. I would rank it in the top 5 trails in Dallas County, and I have ridden most of them. It's a nice long trail with few stops because the trail goes under the major streets. All concrete and in good shape. Very scenic because it runs beside a creek. For the majority of the trail, you can ride on both sides of the creek. Water fountains are everywhere. This goes through multiple parks. Good job, Plano!

Great bike trail

Wonderful trail for bike riding,. peaceful and pretty. only two small roads to cross so no car traffic to worry about. great creek with ducks for viewing along the ride.

Great for Running

I ran on the trail for about 4.3 miles. Tree cover and creek are very nice, it's well lit enough to feel safe and so you can see obstacles. There are plenty of water fountains and bathrooms. They have many of the water fountains turned off but there are a few that are still working during the winter. Very few road crossings.

Great trail for running and biking

I really enjoyed this trail! there are so many offshoots and deviations that you can a different route each time and not get bored.

Great Urban Trail

A great urban trail that goes along a creek and passes woods, parks, ponds, neighborhoods and office buildings. A little bit of everything! Wide enough to accommodate both cyclists and walkers/runners where everyone is pleasant and sends up a hearty "' 'Morning " as you pass.

Runner's review

Best trail in Plano for longer un-interrupted runs. You only have to contend with street traffic at a couple of residential intersections. The ability to branch off onto the bluebonnet trail to extend longer runs is nice too.

Chisholm Trail - Plano

The Chisholm Trail is one of Plano's original trails, I believe. It runs along a creek from Northwest to Southeast, and in on both sides of the creek for most of the way. This makes it nice as a loop, as opposed to an out and back trail. It starts on the Northern end at the Bluebonnet Trail near the Dog Park. This is an area to be careful in due to heavy traffic in dogs and people -- just slow down and be nice!

It was originally a fairly narrow concrete trail. Parts of it have been upgraded and made much wider. The overall condition is good, and when problems arise, the City repairs them quickly. There are some underpasses under bridges on the trail. A couple of them have perpetual drainage water and can be slick, but the distance is short. It runs along the creek, and lake, making for a pretty view, and is peaceful. At the Southern end are several restaurants, coffeeshops, etc., making it a nice destination ride. Also, near 16th street is the Sr. Citizens Center. In the park behind this is a restroom and water, although the restroom in closed on freezing days. There is a nice new all year restroom just to the North of the Veteran's Memorial about a mile South of the North end.

This trail has moderate traffic, and goes through soccer fields, so be careful and watch for other users. Of all the trials in Plano, I find myself riding this and the Bluebonnet the most.

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