Harris County envisions a connection to the north end of the concrete spillway to Tanner Road on public lands. As of 2019, completion of a paved trail depends on permitting.
You can demonstrate your support for a paved trail in the future by enjoying the current path responsibly:
• Please don't litter and help keep the area free of debris.
• Firearms and motor vehicles are prohibited.
• Please do not trespass on the industrial properties east of the trail.
This trail forms the northeastern edge of Addicks Reservoir, running from Clay Road to Tanner Road. Frequently observed wildlife includes deer, coyote, racoon and hawks.
The northern entrance is Roebuck Trace
. Harris County owns the strip of land 40 feet wide between the industrial property and the Lakes on Eldridge subdivision. A planned paved connection is on hold due to permitting issues, but public access is possible on a natural surface trace.
The southern entrance to the trail is at the top of the dam at Clay Road. Parking is not allowed at the entrance, and the closed gates prohibit motor vehicle entrance.
If you cross Clay Road to access Addicks Reservoir further south, please be careful at the crossing. Sight lines are very good in both directions, and even at rush hour, there are big gaps in the traffic due to the traffic lights at Brittmoore and Eldridge. Please be patient; you won't have to wait more than a few minutes for a gap in the traffic to allow you to cross safely.
The structure is the top of the Addicks Dam spillway. Though the most common spillway type is located at the lower outflow of a dam, this spillway is at the end of this rolled-earth dam, to be used if the reservoir fills completely. This (and a similar one on the west end) prevents erosional damage to the dam on high water levels. The top of the concrete is at 112.5 feet (NAVD 1988) and the abutment (undisturbed ground) at the north end is at 108 feet. During Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, the reservoir level peaked at 109.1 feet and water flowed out to the east on Tanner Road.
Wildlife frequently encountered include deer, coyote, and hawks.