Elm Fork Nature Preserve Trail

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Elm Fork Nature Preserve Trail is a 0.8 mile loop trail located near Carrollton, Texas. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

0.8 miles
3 feet

kid friendly



no dogs

1 month ago

Trail maintenance is needed due to fallen trees across trials. Most of them still passable but the concrete path wasn’t.

11 months ago

This is a short trail and easy hike for even the very casual or accidental hiker. Three or four times through the trails makes for a decent little walk.

The scenery is nice when the litter is down (shame on those who leave it behind). The adjacent picnic area makes this a good place for a few hours of outdoor fun. I have however happened upon two occasions where people were being too 'natural' for the setting. Even exhibitionism should have an element of being consensual.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Easily accessible with parking lot (at the end of McKinnish Park), flat and maintained trail, and close to town. Came here on a Sunday late afternoon and nobody was here. Mosquitos would definitely be an issue during mornings/evenings. I came here to read and eat lunch and to escape an air conditioned room for a bit. I didn't finish the trail, but this would be a great place for a short walk or run. Nothing too spectacular to note.

Monday, March 13, 2017

This is a GREAT trail for beginners! Go left for the wooded trail and right for the paved trail. The wooded trail is very well maintained, instead of a dirt trail it's well done with wood-chips. Do watch out for snakes though. The paved trail is excellent as well. Great little walk in the woods!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fun and easy trail.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

There are two trails; when you enter the area (parking lot), the trail to the left is a dirt trail. The trail to the right is paved. They are both good walking trails, both have a lot of trees, both lead to creeks, and they are both a big circle. You won't get lost here. The dirt trail has a bench, a bat box and leads to a body of water (The Trinity) and creek. The paved trail has a structure , like a platform with stairs. Not sure what it's supposed to be but I always climb it and look around. It also has a nice, covered picnic area. As with any natural area, especially around water, you will need to saturate yourself with some good mosquito spray. I suggest wearing hiking or snake boots, and take water. The dirt trail gets real muddy along the creek area. Dogs are not allowed on the trails, which is really nice (not to step in dog poo or smell it). The bathrooms are fairly close, they are located by the ball field (that you pass when you enter the park). Critters I have seen here: Ducks, Herons, Armadillos, Squirrels, Birds (including Eagles), Butterflies, Rabbits/ Jack rabbits. I've been to these trails many times over the years, it's one of my favorite places for a nature walk. If you drive up Sandy Lake just a short ways, there's a place to rent Kayaks/Canoes to go down the Trinity. If you go in the Spring, you will see quite a few wildflowers & butterflies. I guess I've always gone at the right time, as it has always been quite. The Dimension Tract is a secluded thirty-eight acre parcel of undeveloped land along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. The natural parkland features a 14-acre pond, 3.5 acres of wetlands, 9 acres of river bottom timber and a blanket of native vegetation on the remaining 11.5 acres. This property has a canoe and kayak launch on-site on the Trinity River.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Short, rustic (not paved) trail. Easy walk, well maintained.
Yes you can hear the highway but if you take your time you can also hear the wildlife.
I enjoy that it is close and easy for a quick hour in the 'woods'
It's also a great trail for the young beginner.
I enjoy it often.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

It was a nice amble. Saw a woodpecker, armadillo and herons. Lots of background noise from the soccer fields, gun range, and highway.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The trail was okay, really short though. I highly doubt you would see any poisonous snakes on the trail, although there were many sign warning you about them...venomous maybe.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

This was a very easy trail No challenges. It was very quiet lots of birds to view. Kind disturbing that there were so many signs saying watch for poisonous snakes. I would do this trail again, It took about an hour; Wish it was longer.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Nice little hike/walk. Nice views of pond and different birds, I also saw 4 armadillos.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Short, but interesting trail into a mature woodland with bottom land species mixed within a few glades. Good variety of wildlife.

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Friday, June 14, 2013