Need to Know
Off the parking lot, there is a pavilion and some picnic tables and restrooms. There is a city water hose bib to wash up or wash off your bike, shoes, etc.
The trail comes right up to the edge of the creek cliff in some spots. The bank is packed clay but is typically 15-20 feet above water level with no real way to climb back up in most areas.
Trail is shared with the Dallas Off-Road Bikers Association (DORBA) so you'll typically come across bicyclists on the trail.
Many connectors between trail segments exist so you can tailor the length easily.
Trail system is currently over 16 miles long, and is built on a staked loop system a trail user can choose various loop combinations to obtain distances that vary from 1 to 16 miles. The trail is currently comprised of 14 connected loops; Loops 1, and 7 through 14 are north of the parking lot and 2 through 6 are on the south side. These loops are numbered in the manner in which they were built.
The direction of travel for all loops is CLOCKWISE for Bikers and it is suggested for all others [i.e. Runners, Hikers, etc] to go in a COUNTERCLOCKWISE direction. About half of the trail mileage is in the trees with some areas that are tight and twisty. The rest is out in open with some fast, straight field sections. Most of the trail is flat with only a few relatively short climbs.
There are a number of areas of the trail that come close to an edge mainly along one of the three creeks that pass through the RCP greenbelt. In general as the Loop ID number increases so does the skill level required to negotiate it. This is a multi-use trail so please be considerate of all other trail users.
A nice map is provided by DORBA at: dorba.org/trail.php?t=22
Flora & Fauna
You may encounter armadillos, squirrels, rabbits, birds, and other small animals in a tree canopy consisting of pecans, oaks and a few sycamores. Some of these trees are quite old with diameters of over 6ft and 75ft high.
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