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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.

walking
5 months ago

Just walked it for the first time. Basically flat concrete path the whole way. I took my puppy with me. Saw a 6” turtle crossing the path and noticed a deer off in the distance.

We love this trail. It’s wooded and shady. Great for family. Tree guides along the loop. You can detour to the lake as well.

Short but nice trail.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a great trail. I've hiked and biked this trail multiple times and each time is just as enjoyable as the first. It's a paved loop with wildlife to view. I've seen armadillos, deer, owls, etc...

Nice small trail. Great for beginners since most of trail is concrete.

Hard to find trail head. It’s by the barn. It’s in full sun so watch out in the summer. Nice trail. I saw cardinals everywhere. It doesn’t follow the water iso if your looking for water trail this is not it. Overall nice small hike

on Randy Bell Scenic Trail

walking
7 months ago

45-minutes from north Ft Worth, it's our go-to when we don't have time to go too far, but want a nice walk. Sure it gets busy during the summer months because it is shaded, but it's well worth the time. We take our dachshunds and they have a great time.

hiking
7 months ago

Had a great weekend here with my son (10) camping and hiking. We did the full trail and all the loops twice over the weekend. It is a great trail for young and novice hikers. There are some more technical aspects to the trail in the red section, but isn't terribly challenging in the other parts of the trail system. We had a blast. I had never camped here before. I've been to Isle du Bois more times than I can count, and it has a great DORBA trail system too ... but this was my first time at Johnson Branch.

Our site was in the "Dogwood Canyon" primitive camping area, and the sites there are great. If you are a hammock camper (like me) you will want to avoid most of the waterfront sites in that area for lack of good hanging options. However, the inland sites offer plenty of places to hang your hammock, and are a little more sheltered from the winds that can come in strong off the lake (like we had this weekend).

The total trail system is about 9 miles if you do all the loops, which is substantially smaller than the sister park on the other side of the lake (Isle du Bois) ... but the foot traffic is noticeably less and we only encountered a handful of bikes on the trail. It was a great weekend and we'll definitely be back. The trail is a great one to do some training on for longer backpacking trips and hikes. I was pleasantly surprised to find this little gem right around the corner from where everyone else goes when they try to camp at Lake Ray Roberts.

hiking
7 months ago

I enjoyed this hike overall in that I didn’t pass a single soul in the 4.6 miles I went round-trip. It may have had something to do with the fact it was the second day without rain, as I did have to maneuver around several flooded areas along the trail. There was the perfect mixed bag of grassy fields, rocky trails, inclines and declines in the trail path for my liking. I saw an armadillo run off into the woods, and plenty of bobcat, deer and hog prints. The only thing I didn’t care for was how there wasn’t any shore line paths. I saw the lake twice through the trees and that was it. Overall it was a challenging trail for me.

pretty busy in nice weather, but lovely trail.

walking
8 months ago

Great place for a walk with the pups or family. It’s a wonderful little trail for a walk/run

Park is absolutely gorgeous. Only managed to hit like 30% of the trails in 8 hours. Will be back to hike and also bike one day.

walking
9 months ago

Easy trail would help more of they had trail signs at intersection of 2 trails!

hiking
11 months ago

A very enjoyable hike. We decided to do the 2.8 mile walking path but the views of the lake are great and the path winds its way through the Timberland Forest through the park. A beautiful and crisp fall day, reminded me a bit of Fall in the Northeast. Definitely going to come back and do some of the other hikes.

hiking
Monday, September 11, 2017

Great for kids or if you are in the mood for a quick hike.

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Love this trail. The one on this app is definitely not the right trail, but the park overall has good markers. Flew my drone over a small little island and the park is just plain beautiful in the mornings. Very peaceful, and be careful when driving since there are lots of deer here.

trail running
Monday, February 20, 2017

We loved running the dorba trails here, our favorite so far. Many turns, drops and climbs on all sorts of terrains. Very challenging, hilly and some narrow paths through trees. We arrived on a late Sunday afternoon and didn't encounter one single person while we were out on the trails. Can't wait to go back and try the rest.

hiking
Thursday, December 29, 2016

At the risk of being picky, the map of the track associated with this trail is definitely not the Lost Pines trail. This track is for the Randy Bell Scenic Trail, a 2.2 mile concrete paved loop. Lost Pines is very near the park entrance and is a shorter loop. Also, some reviewers of this trail seem to be talking about the mountain bike trails in the park. I believe those trails are either the Jordan Park trail (going north) or the Elm Fork Trail going south under FM 455 and onto the green belt trail.
If you are interested in the Randy Bell trail, I have asked that it be posted as a new trail.

mountain biking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

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.

hiking
Friday, April 01, 2016

very clean. lots of elevation changes (for this area) enjoyed it!

mountain biking
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Excellent trail for mountain biking. Plenty of up and downhill sections. Beware of large rocks / tree roots and tight spaces between trees, but overall fun trail.

trail running
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, August 16, 2014

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!

hiking
Friday, December 27, 2013

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.

trail running
Sunday, August 18, 2013

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.

trail running
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Have been running here trails A, B, C, D, and E for a while. Good place to get lost and just run. Good technical sections and some fast sprints as well. A good trail to come run any day! Lots of deer to race with!

hiking
Sunday, May 05, 2013

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cool trail. A,b,c,e are pretty simple, D is punishing! Crazy rock climbs, insane gardens. Kept running up on big groups of deer which was cool. 7$ to get in the park.

mountain biking
Sunday, July 22, 2012

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.

hiking
Saturday, June 23, 2012

Pretty good trail. It's well maintained and easy to follow. There is not much crisscrossing. We saw views of the lake at times. We only saw 4 bikers the 2.5 hours we were there.

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