Addicks Dam Road Southeast
ElevationAscent: 6' 2 m
Descent: -2' 0 m
High: 120' 37 m
Low: 116' 35 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 0% (0°)
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“The top of Addicks Dam is dirt and gravel from Clay Road to North Eldridge Parkway.”— Bryan Dotson
The western end of the trail is the top of the dam at North Eldridge Parkway. There is a gate to prevent motor vehicle entry but which can be easily crossed. Parking is not allowed at the entrance.
As of November 2016, the top of the dam west of this point is closed due to the construction of the new outflow structures. This construction is expected to continue until 2020. Safe access requires some patience with the fast traffic on Eldridge. A good practice is to time your move to the entrance with the traffic light at Dairy Ashford.
The east-west segment of the road from Eldridge to the Chatterton bridge is well-graveled with coarse rock, and for bicycles, the ride is rough.
Though steep, it is possible to climb the dam at the Chatterton bridge for access from the paved trail at the foot of the dam. The paved trail links Dairy Ashford, Kirkwood (via the bridge at Reddleshire Lane), and Brittmoore (via Chatterton).
The north-south segment from the Chatterton bridge to Clay Road was re-crowned with fine-grain material in 2018. It is smooth and well-drained. There are a number of "deer trails" that lead off both west into Addicks Reservoir and east to the street side of the dam.
The northern end of the trail is at the top of the dam at Clay Road. Parking is not allowed at the gated entrance. Safe access requires some patience with the fast traffic on Clay. There are usually gaps in the traffic every 3-5 minutes due to the traffic light timing.
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Land Manager: US Army Corps of Engineers