Lake Lavon via Trinity Trail is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Wylie, Texas that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
There are three main trail heads for accessing the Trinity Trail around Lake Lavon. Brockdale Park East Fork Highland Park There are several prominent landmarks along the Trinity Trail on Lake Lavon. From North to South, they are: Giant Sycamore Loop Trail Highland Park Trail head East Lucas Road Bridge Brockdale Park Trail head Marina Gate East Fork Trail head
For the DFW area this is a nice, easy, trail, generally flat with gentle rolling terrain through woods and along the lake shore. Very laid back compared to Cedar Ridge and Northshore for example. Very easy to plan runs of any distance/duration, including ultra distances. Nothing technical. No tight loops or switchbacks. No bikes. There are horses. Very soft soil surface. There is no fee, it's open to runners and hikers, and there are multiple access points. Plan to self support--there are rest areas at trail heads, but working water fountains can be iffy. There are very nice restrooms at trail heads. Convenience stores, restaurants, Starbucks,, all nearby before turning into the park. PLEASE NOTE, signs may direct you NOT to park inside circle drives which are reserved for horse trailers--there is room to park along the entrance road to trailhead and day use areas. If you check and study the Trinity Trail Riders web site, you'll find ample information on trail heads and trail map with mileages which I found to be generally accurate. Note signage on etiquette with horses--as with bikes, sharing works well as long as everyone observes the rules. BE ADVISED! The loamy/caliche soil becomes plastic in texture with even light rain and will gob onto your shoes with NO breaks, with sections of trail becoming very slick. You'll be running with 1 lb.+ of mud on each shoe and/or be stopping every 100 yards to clean your shoes. My trail shoes shed mud very well, but there is no end to it. Starts building up again as soon as the last mounds fall off. Took 10 minutes blasting my shoes with a garden hose to get it all off. You get the picture. Makes for tough running. Sadly, there is some trash left off and around trails--grab some to take with you if possible on your way out. Otherwise, very pleasant setting.
Army Veteran O.
After parking in the Trail head parking lot, seeing a trail.that lead only to the lake, I walked bio up to parking area and could not find the Trail head. It looks like you walk along the road! must revisit. Not clearly marked.
This trail is NOT just a horse trail, there's not a fee, and dogs are allowed so long as they are on a leash...just to set the record straight. It does close at times if flooding occurs in an effort to save the trails. We've hiked from Brockdale towards the East head and from Brockdale towards Highland. Both routes are very beautiful.
Followed GPS all the way there, only to be turned away and be told it was a horse trail. If I wanted to go any further, I'd have to pay. Epic fail.
This was my first trail that made me fall in love with hiking! Quiet and peaceful and very green.
Enjoy this trail often. Section from Highland Park trail head north behind Fairview is well shaded. At the north end of the trail is a giant Sycamore tree with a picnic bench. Great for running and hiking when not muddy.
pretty boring hiking trail, probably only good for long gear testing sorts of walks, but it is a very nice area for trail running (only reason for the 3 stars). Be mindful of the horse riders, summer weekends bring the crowds.
Found the equestrian trailhead and hiked in. Came to late in the day and will have to return again to see it all. Nice views and would be great on horse back.
We didn't go far because the trail was too muddy. It rained the night before. I would like to finish this trail on a dryer day. As far as I can see though, this trail is a great trail to hike. Here's a map that I found later: http://www.trinitytrailriders.org/trinitytrail25mile.pdf and more info here: http://www.trinitytrailriders.org/
We weren't allowed into the park at all because we had a dog and he was not allowed into the park. The map leads you to Collin Park to access the trail. If I missed something, someone let me know. Suckola! N
Went with wide and our two dogs on May 6th. Trail is very overgrown, with grass just short of knee height. Not fun for us but the dogs loved it.
Was surprised how fun this trail was. There was some small rolling hills, but nothing extreme. Me my wife and son hiked 18 miles of it and had a blast. Some real beautiful views of Lake Lavon. No bikes on trail so that was a plus. More horse back riders then hikers bt they were all very friendly. Lots of shade. See pictures! Highly recommend this trail for hikers or horse back riders.