Nix Creek Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Texarkana, AR and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, birding, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Nix Creek Trail cuts a north-south path for a relatively flat and straight 2.4 miles alongside its namesake waterway in Texarkana, Arkansas. The trail is asphalt from beginning to end and is smooth enough for walkers, runners and bikers. Nix Creek Trail cuts a north-south path for a relatively flat and straight 2.4 miles alongside its namesake waterway in Texarkana, Arkansas. The trail is asphalt from beginning to end and is smooth enough for walkers, runners and bikers. Motorized vehicles and horses are not allowed on Nix Creek trail. Inclines are few and short, but one or two are fairly sharp. As it weaves through neighborhoods and along school grounds, Nix Creek Trail is often used by families for walking and biking and older students making their way to and from class. It is also popular with runners because of its well marked mileage points and long straight-aways. The trail is segmented by five street crossings, some of which can be busy at times. Between Arkansas Boulevard and 35th Street, the trail gently curves through a quiet neighborhood. Residents often sit in backyards which open up directly onto the trail and wave to passersby. Nix Creek slowly rolls along the west side of the trail in this section and its not uncommon to see children fishing or playing in the creek. As it crosses 35th Street, the trail also crosses the creek and runs along the west side of the water throughout the section between 35th and 24th Streets. Spring and summer bring lots of activity to this trail section as parents often walk while children practice baseball at the fields bordering the path. Passing the ball fields, trail-goers enter a densely shaded area and around the one-mile mark a fenced horse pasture on the west side of the trail gives users a glimpse grazing animals. Just after the one mile marker, the trail crosses 24th Street and the creek. In this section, a thickly wooded area borders the east side of the trail and the creek is contained within a drainage ditch on the west until it passes under a small bridge at the end of this section and cuts east again, returning to its natural creek bed. Just beyond the bridge is 18th Street, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the Arkansas Boulevard entrance. Between 18th and 12th Streets, the path runs behind Arkansas High School through a well shaded section. Tennis courts back up directly to the trail and the squirrels and birds are particularly active through here. Crossing 12th Street, the trail rolls through Jefferson Park, a small but well-maintained facility which offers picnic and play areas. After passing through the park, the path briefly ducks behind the Texarkana, Texas city motor pool before crossing 9th Street and ending at the Farmers Market. Over the length of the trail, long stretches of sunny, open sky alternately give way to cool, shaded sections through stands of tall trees. The path rarely holds water, even after very heavy rains low spots dry quickly. There is minimal lighting, and after sundown some sections of the trail become very dark. Parking is available at both the Arkansas Boulevard and East 9th Street ends of the trail, and also at North Texarkana Ballpark and Jefferson Park, located off 35th Street and Jefferson Avenue, respectively. Beyond the trails end at the Farmers Market, the Nix Creek Extension project is well underway just across Broad Street. The connection is not marked yet, and can be somewhat difficult to locate. Soon, though, directional signs will point traffic to the completed sections and the Extension will join the existing trail to connect Arkansas Boulevard to East Street (Hwy 71), near the Boys and Girls Club facility.
This was a nice walking path in Texarkana. I took my dog and we saw plenty of people, especially kids fishing in the creek and that was fun to see. We ran into some horses which my dog loved. The park went through a really nice dog park. Overall, this was a nice walk. We walked a little under four miles to the dog park and back to the entrance on Arkansas Ave.
Nice walk! I met several people, and talked to a very nice gentleman by the name of Bill.