Situated along the shores of a 30,000-acre reservoir Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex consists of two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks (Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork), Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the 20 mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor. Birdwatching, water sports, riding horses or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone.
This is a great paved path for families to either walk or bike on while visiting Lake Ray Roberts. We did the trail on our bikes because the DORBA trail was still closed because of the amount of moisture.
The trail has some elevation gain and loss to it and winds amongst the trees, There are multiple places where you could access a bathroom if necessary with kids and multiple locations to fill up on water along this path as well.
The path goes right by the two camping areas, so if you are camping you can easily access the trail without having to get into the car again.
This trail is very close to the DORBA trail but it is not the same trail system. You will not have to share the trail with all the mountain bikes, and I think that many of the reviews are referring to a different trail system.
I love this trail. It is a DORBA maintained trail for mountain biking and it is challenging. Lots of climbs, rocks, roots to work with. I run this trail and really get my nature fix out there. Lots of woods and have seen many deer while running. Beautiful place.
Great workout! Second visit here and was not disappointed either time. I ride all the loops but the Red trail is the best to test your skills! The trails are not marked very well, as I did a couple of the loops twice. Very rocky and pay attention to the sand on the turns!
Jenny W. on Johnson Branch Trail
I hiked part of this trail. It's scenic with some interesting terrain, but I wish it was better marked. I followed the more difficult DORBA trail, but got frustrated with how twisty turn-y it was. Next time I will hike another one of the trails to see more of the park.
Ran this trail one hot Thursday evening. Empty and a few technical sections. You are pretty much running through the camp sites so I would figure weekend might be a bit crowded with campers. Planning on going back to explore the area a little more.
We recently start hiking as a family. We really enjoyed Ray Roberts. Great for kids and found some beautiful smaller trails that took us to some beaches. There was a lot more to explore that we didn't take this trip but will in the future. We came across other hikers and bicyclist. Saw several birds, mostly wooded area.
If this is the actual mountain bike trail it is actually an interesting ride. It is an out and back. A and B trails are a nice short little rides leading to C with a few climbs. D trail opens in to several climbs with some pretty technical rock gardens. If you are not a pretty experienced rider I would probably take the D bypass. E trail is not more than A B or C. The lake front near by has a nice beach with showers area so pack swim trunks for a nice after ride.
There are several different trails you can take. Some have concrete sidewalks that is awesome for WHEELCHAIRS. Very well maintained. There are also dirt paths used for walkers and bikers. Both paths crisscross so you can meet up with anyone in your group as the paths crosses.
I consider myself past a beginner, but not quite an intermediate rider. This was an awesome trail that offered plenty of challenges with plenty of climbs, drops, twists, and turns. The trail passed through several trees that were almost too close together, but it only enhanced my technical skills. I will definitely be going back. If you're a beginner looking to take a step up on your rides, this is the place to be.
The nature trail is well marked within a mature forest with glades. Interesting mixture of native species. Easy
Other trails in the park are equally beautiful, but with varying degrees of difficulty from easy to moderate. 27 miles of trail overall, although some are not well marked.