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Best trails in Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Texas

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Looking for a great trail in Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Texas? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Ray Roberts Lake State Park ranging from 0.9 to 11 miles and from 479 to 711 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Ray Roberts Lake State Park is an extensive 30,000-acre reservoir that includes nine units, but only three are developed: the Isle du Bois unit, Johnson Branch unit, and Greenbelt Corridor. This park is sure to have something for everyone in your family or friend group. The Isle du Bois unit is located on the south side of the lake and opened in 1993. The Johnson Branch unit is on the north side of the lake and opened in 1996. The Greenbelt Corridor is a 20-mile multi-use trail and it opened in 1999. There are six satellite parks which include the Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork. This area includes Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, and waterfowl sanctuaries. Visitors can camp, hike, bike, camp, horseback ride, geocache, swim, paddle, take photography, nature watch, or backpack - all at the Ray Roberts Lake State Park! The lake is 29,000 acres and has all types of fish for anglers, including: crappie, catfish, and white bass. There is a full service marina with boat storage which includes rentals. The 20-mile Greenbelt Corridor runs from the Ray Roberts Dam to Lake Lewisville, and there are 12-miles for equestrian use, and 10-miles are specifically for hiking and bike use. Jordan Branch and Isle du Bois have some paved trails. The park is in the Eastern Cross Timbers and it has three ecoregions giving life to more than 300 species of plants. The Eastern Cross Timbers is filled with dense groves of oak trees, cedar elm, and winged elm. There are also pocket prairies. The different ecosystems support all types of wildlife, including: deer, opossums, rabbits, bats, beavers, coyotes, and bobcats. There are also a variety of fish, birds, insects, and reptiles. Come enjoy a day at Ray Roberts Lake State Park!

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Map of trails in Ray Roberts Lake State Park, Texas
Park information
Acreage:
30,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact
940/686-2148
Top trails (11)
#1 - Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center Loop Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Clear Creek is a wonderful natural area with about 4 total miles of trail, located northeast of Denton, Texas. It's a lowland preserve that's got a great diversity of plant life and birds. It is located in the Lake Lewisville upper floodplain, so the trails can get very muddy after a rain and it is best to visit during a dry week. Trails are sometimes well managed and other times totally overgrown.Show more
#2 - Elm Fork Greenbelt Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 11.0 mi • Est. 4 h 26 m
#3 - Johnson Branch Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
The trail closes to all users when wet or muddy. Call the state park at 940-627-2294 for the latest trail conditions: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake Explore the wonders of of Johnson Branch on walking, hiking, and biking trails. Enjoy camping, boating, and fishing. Ray Roberts Lake State Park is a beautiful 30,000-acre lake complex complete with boat ramps, camping, fishing, a swimming beaches, numerous hiking trails, equestrian trails, Dorba mountain bike trails, hotel, marina and a park store. Most of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in northern Denton County. The 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. The Johnson Branch Unit is set amid a mixed forest and prairie environment. In addition to 165 campsites on the lake, Johnson Branch includes boat ramps, group pavilions, and numerous mountain-bike trails, primitive camping, and great fishing opportunities. The park offers complete water recreation activities: fishing, boating, waterskiing, personal watercraft, sailing, and swimming. The park store rents canoes and kayaks. Camp at tree-shaded sites and watch the sunset on the lake and deer from your picnic table. Since Johnson Branch is on a peninsula, it has both east and west-facing shoreline that allows visitors to sit in the peaceful evening and watch brilliant red and deep blue sunrises and sunsets over the water. Hiking and biking trails meander through the woodlands and offer great opportunities for wildlife and bird viewing. The park's natural setting is a habitat that is home to many different species of birds.Show more
#4 - Randy Bell Scenic Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
This page is for the paved nature trail, if you're looking for the DORBA mountain bike trails, please find them here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/texas/dorba-mountain-bike-trails Explore the wonders of of Isle du Bois at Ray Roberts Lake State Park on walking, biking, and equestrian trails. Enjoy camping, boating, birding, and fishing. Ray Roberts Lake is a beautiful 30,000-acre lake complex complete with boat ramps, camping, fishing, a swimming beach, numerous hiking trails, equestrian trails, DORBA mountain bike trails, hotel, marina and a park store. Most of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in northern Denton County. The 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.Show more
#5 - Carrollton Nob Hill Greenbelt: Blue Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
#6 - Isle Du Bois DORBA Bike Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi
This is a combination of the DORBA A, B, C, D, and E Trails at Isle du Bois Unit of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park. DORBA (Dallas Off Road Biking Association) is a an all volunteer organization that maintains the trail. This trail closes when wet and muddy to all users. You can call the state park office at 940-686-2148 for the latest trail conditions. Show more
#7 - Dogwood Canyon Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi
This is inside a state park - there is a one-time entry fee or purchase an annual pass.Show more
#8 - Ray Roberts Lake and Lost Pines Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
Isle du Bois State Park - Lost Pines Nature Trail. Take a casual walk from the visitors center to the lake and back Ray Roberts Lake is a beautiful 30,000-acre lake complex complete with boat ramps, camping, fishing, a swimming beach, numerous hiking trails, equestrian trails, Dorba mountain bike trails, hotel, marina and a park store. Bird watching, water sports, riding horses or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone. Show more
#9 - Jordon Park Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
#10 - Mura Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 54 m
Mura Trail is in the Dogwood Canyon primitive camping area of the Lake Ray Roberts State Park Johnson Branch off of FM3002 outside Valley View, Texas. The trail is intended to be an access trail for the 50 or so walk in primitive camp sites in the Dogwood Canyon area. The trail is a natural surface single track that can be an out and back trip or can be extended by taking the loops that go into the individual primitive camping areas. The trail is in good condition and is shared with mountain bikers. Scenery is beautiful in the area and it is important to note that several nesting pairs of Bald Eagles use the area year-round.Show more
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