Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Trails open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST; other rules posted at trailheads.
Need to Know
All three trailheads on this leg have water, but only one has a restroom. There's a little shade on the paths from young trees and some overpasses, but make sure you have plenty of water and sunblock. There is a low water crossing on this leg, which is an easy concrete track, but if it's wet it may be slippery so use caution. Easy step into the river so mind your kids and dogs!
There is heavy bike activity so riders will be passing you often.
This leg is a super easy concrete path that takes you across one low water crossing and two bridges. You could walk, bike, skate, or push a stroller with no problems. Most of the path has nice river views. There's a little bit of a slope to get to the low water crossing, but it's nothing major and is smooth concrete.
Haws Trailhead is kind of a waypoint at a junction of paths, and it has a shaded bench plus a water fountain (though no dog bowl). It's a short trot across a bridge over the Trinity River's Clear Fork from Panther Island. PI is an entertainment destination, with seasonal offerings such as boat rentals, concessions, and concerts.
The Trinity Trail itself at Panther Island has lots of shaded benches, portable toilets, water fountains, and misting station. The section winding between Panther Island and Cold Springs has a few benches scattered throughout, and while there's no water/restrooms/trash cans, there's a good many more trees than on some other legs of the trails. There's a crushed limestone path on the west side of the river and an asphalt path on the east side that parallel the concrete track and offer a little bit of an alternative underfoot.
The Trinity Trails system is over 70 miles of trails connecting multiple neighborhoods and parks, encompassing trailheads, water fountains, low water crossings, kayak launches, equestrian, and gravel trail segments.
Flora & Fauna
The Trinity River is full of life! All kinds of birds including great white and blue herons, cattle egrets, scissortail flycatchers, and other songbirds. Fishermen frequent the low water crossing here, so egrets are always waiting to grab a snack. The river itself hosts freshwater mussels, turtles, fish, and beavers. Wildflowers bloom consistently through from spring to fall, so there are always bees and dragonflies and damselflies.
Shared By: Alene Passerine