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October 11, 2010

Ray Roberts-Greenbelt Corridor, Texas State Park Facility and Trail Map
Greenbelt Corridor Map - PDF
Photos on Hiking Trail; WildTexas Talk Discussion Thread
The Trails of Denton County
Greenbelt Alliance of Denton County

Mt Biking Opportunities

Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trails
Denton, Texas

The greenbelt is a wilderness area with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers and others. The 1,500 acre Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor runs north/south along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, connecting Ray Roberts Lake with Lake Lewisville.

The greenbelt begins as the Elm Fork Trail leading away from the Isle du Bois Unit on the south shore of Ray Roberts Lake near Pilot Point. Heading south, the trail crosses under FM 455 and winds a little over a mile to the Elm Fork canoe and greenbelt access point, with parking and restrooms. Here the trail joins the Elm Fork of the Trinity and splits in two, with one trail, a hard surface hike and bike trail, snaking along the river's west side and another for equestrian use along the east. The two trails converge at the FM428 access point. The trail then proceeds south another six miles along the river's east bank to end at the highway 380 crossing at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. On the southern portion of the trail, all users are on the East Side of the river. The hard surface trail is for hike and bike use and equestrians may use the construction haul roads.

Entrance fees to access the park are the same as those for Ray Roberts Lake State Park - $3 per adult, free for children age 12 and under.

For more information call 940-686-2148 or visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Directions from Fort Worth to South end of trail

  • North on I-35W to 380 (University DR)
  • Turn Right, Go East approximately 8 miles to trailhead clearly marked on North side of road.

Directions from Fort Worth to North end of trail

  • North on I-35W to 455 (Sanger)
  • Turn Right (East) and go approximately 13 miles.
  • Turn right just after crossing dam.

Directions from Dallas to South end of trail.

  • North on I-35E to Loop 288
  • Turn Right on Loop 288
  • Go to Hwy 380 (University DR)
  • Turn Right on University, and go East approximately 3 miles to trail head. Signs and parking on North (Left) side of road.

May 10, 1999

North Texas Greenbelt Opens National Trails Day June 5

DENTON, Texas -- The greenbelt, a wilderness area with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers and others will hold its grand opening on National Trails Day, June 5, at the 428 access point, about an hour north of Dallas.

The 1,500-acre Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor runs North/South along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, connecting Ray Roberts Lake with Lake Lewisville. Various partners have contributed to the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the cities of Dallas and Denton funded the Greenbelt project. Texas Parks and Wildlife is operating the greenbelt in connection with its Isle Du Bois unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

The $3 million project is the product of more than 16 years of work, begun in 1983 when the two cities asked the Corps to study the feasibility for a greenbelt corridor connecting the two lakes.

"Everyone who loves to walk, ride or paddle down a shady way owes gratitude to the cities of Dallas and Denton and the Corps of Engineers for keeping this project on track," said Andrew Sansom, TPW executive director. "Riparian corridors along waterways such as this one are not only a blessing for people, but are important for wildlife to travel through the increasingly urbanized areas of our state."

At 9 a.m. on Sat., June 5, National Trails Day, the greenbelt grand opening festivities will commence as dozens of bicyclists, hikers, runners/walkers, horseback riders and paddlers start at the north and south ends of the trail and move toward the middle. These include members of the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association (TETRA), Dallas Off Road Bicycling Association (DORBA) and other groups. At 11 a.m. at the FM428 access point, project partners will hold a brief ceremony to open the greenbelt. Throughout the day, there will be food booths and display booths from the project partners, UNT, TETRA and others. A van shuttle will take runners/hikers from the FM428 access point back up to the FM455 Trailhead.

The greenbelt begins as the Elm Fork Trail leading away from the Isle du Bois Unit on the south shore of Ray Roberts Lake near the community of Pilot Point. Heading south, the trail crosses under FM 455 and winds a little over a mile to the Elm Fork canoe and greenbelt access point, with parking and restrooms. Here the trail joins the Elm Fork of the Trinity and splits in two, with one trail, a hard surface hike and bike trail, snaking along the river's west side and another for equestrian use along the east. The two trails converge at the FM 428 access point, site of the June 5 grand opening celebration. The trail then proceeds south another six miles along the river's east bank to end at the Highway 380 crossing at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. On the southern portion of the trail, all users are on the East Side of the river. The hard surface trail is for hike and bike use and equestrians may use the construction haul roads.

A brief summary of trail facilities includes:

  • Three trailheads (access points) -- FM 455, FM 428, HWY 380
  • Canoe launches
  • Restroom facilities
  • Picnic tables/fire grills
  • Six miles of equestrian trail (connects to existing multi-use trail at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park)
  • Ten miles of improved surface hike and bike trail (connects to Isle du Bois)
Entrance fees to access the new greenbelt are the same as those for Ray Roberts Lake State Park -- $3 per adult, free for children age 12 and under. Payment is made on an honor system at "iron ranger" fee stations at the three trail heads.

On June 5, there will be free entrance to the Greenbelt and the grand opening activities. For more information about Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bois Unit, phone the park at 940-686-2148 or check the state park pages on the TPW web site at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us