Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail

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Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail is a 21.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denton, Texas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
21.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
226 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

river

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

closed

Closed seections: - The FM 380 section of the Greenbelt Corridor is closed. The hard surface trail of the Greenbelt Corridor between Hwy 428 and Hwy 455 is open, but the equestrian trail remains closed. Work continues to repair severe erosion issues and washed out bridges. - The section of the equestrian trail from 455 (Elm Forks) South to 380 is closed. Please contact the park for more information The trail can be accessed from 3 different locations. There is one parking lot at either end of the trail (one on Highway 380, and one on FM 455) and one in the middle along FM 428. Each parking area has restrooms, picnic tables, and kayak/canoe take-outs and put-ins.

3 months ago

Drove 17 minutes to find out it's closed off idk if there is another way to get in but the way the GPS took me it was closed I was sad I was looking forward too this trail :(

hiking
3 months ago

For a great hike take the horse trail (entrance on the right hand side of the parking lot) from the FM428 entrance. Great low water crossings and lots of tree covered dirt trails.

7 months ago

so I drive on 380 every day I saw the gate was unlocked went in and they a new bathroom was constructed and the contractor who is working on the construction said that they are pouring concrete on Tuesday yay!

walking
10 months ago

Walked up to the trail map past the gate, looks like they were trying to work on it now the gunning of the trail is a bunch of tractor ruts from all the mud in the last few months. The trail is definitely closed from this section, total waste of a good morning.

11 months ago

1/2 of this "trail" as they call it, ( it's a one lane gravel farm road ) is closed for repair (9-13-17) so it's only 4 miles long, one mile of it is in the shade, the rest is in the full sun, it is all flat, you only see the "creek" ( trendy river) for 1% of the trail, i did see 2 armadillos & a squirrl , fine for a mountain bike but i wouldn't bring your road bike on it .

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Dope.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Per the website parts of the trail is currently open. "The FM 380 section of the Greenbelt Corridor is closed. The hard surface trail of the Greenbelt Corridor between Hwy 428 and Hwy 455 is open, but the equestrian trail remains closed. Work continues to repair severe erosion issues and washed out bridges.
The section of the equestrian trail from 455 (Elm Forks) South to 380 is closed.
Please contact the park for more information". http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake

Thursday, September 01, 2016

I drive down 380 everyday, watching for trl to open...maybe in another year if it doesn't rain.

walking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Kat: keep an eye on the park website at http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/ray-roberts-lake
I've never called the 800 number, so I can't speak to that, but the website has had a notice up at the top of the page for ages ... I've been checking for the trail to reopen for at least a year and a half :^o it feels like longer

trail running
Friday, June 24, 2016

Love these trails for early morning runs. Sometimes closed due to high water! Pretty views of the lake.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

I tried to get to this trail today 6/19/16 from the south end and it was closed. So, I went to Lake Ray Roberts and told the Park Ranger that I had tried to access the southern portion, to which she replied "That part has been under water for a year and a half."
First of all, I called the 800 number to get trail conditions. I checked the website. NOWHERE did it say that the southern trail head was closed. If it has really been a year and a half, don't you think you might want to update a few things?
I wouldn't go there for at least another year. It's WAY under water.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Plenty of space to walk and explore

hiking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

In order to test some hiking gear I decided to find a good long trail locally that could give me a safe environment to test with. I originally wanted to start out from the southern end of the trail, north of lake Lewisville and could easily have passed it since it wasn't well marked. Unfortunately the flood damage closed this entrance so I ended up driving to the north entrance at the Ray Roberts State Park where they charge you 7 dollars a day.

I would break this trail into three parts based on my experience making it just short of the south entrance. The first section is what I'd call the photo op area where there were plenty of opportunities to take some nice pictures of the landscape around the park. Indian Paintbrushes are out in force right now so the fields have a nice red haze to them. The large oaks are just beginning to show their leaves so they are also looking pretty majestic.

The first four miles are well maintained paths and considering the rain fall, there were very few places where the paths were covered in mud, mostly in shaded sections. The first couple of miles of the North trail are completely shaded. This then opens up into an additional two miles of open field on one side and shaded river bank on the other.

You'll find the majority of the time the river will be just beyond the brush so I imagine the experience by kayak or canoe would be totally different. So this first section I found myself stopping constantly to take pictures and think it would be ideal for family hikes going all the way down to FM-248. It's here with the picturesque red walking bridge that announces the break to the next section of the trail.

There is a pathway under FM-248 in better weather conditions that allows you to travel without worrying about road traffic but it was still closed off due to mud damage. Once you cross the road though you'll find the trail starts in an open field to one side and the river tree line on the other with water and mud more visible on the trail but still usable. The next three miles on this trail start from the open fields where I saw eagles to a wooded covered area with quite a lot of wildlife.

The area almost feels like hedgerows as you enter the woods which line both sides with dense and thick bush growth. This is where I saw a pack of wild black boars milling about on the road then heading into the brush when they noticed me. Later on when the mud was more obvious you could see considerable tracks on the road from a mix of animals (boar, deer, rabbits, coyote) though I'm not sure if some of them could have been bobcats.

This hedgerow eventually opened into a more marshy environment with spiky trees deterring anyone from the path. There seemed to be quite a few animal trails leading off from the main road into the spiky wilderness. At this point the trails were more and more completely covered with mud but still very walkable. The bridges themselves were all fine except for the 3-4 inches of mud covering the surface of each. I always found it interesting to read the mud tracks and see what kind of animals used the bridges to move around with all of the fresh mud.

So then thinking about the last 3-4 miles getting closer to Lake Lewisville. This area seemed to have the more telltale signs of flood damage with many of the large trees blocking the paths and requiring you to either go around them or climb over them. In addition to this all of the concrete and stone paved sections were either washed into marsh or completely covered with an inch or two of mud everywhere.

It was a forest in recovery and felt like a recently dried out bog. I reached a train track which in better days would have been accessible, with the flooding though the pathway below it was cut by a small brook with mud lining both embankments. I jumped worried it would swallow my boots, the mud was rubbery but solid enough to let me continue. Several hundred feet further down the trail you could see railroad track wood beams strewn along the path, clearly driven by the flood waters. After another mile, determined to make it to the south entrance and capture pictures of where I intended to start I checked time. It was getting late and it would take some time to get back so I decided to eat quickly on a dead but dry log and make the long walk back. Not long after mile eleven my toes were betraying me, and every mile past it my mind was constantly overruling my feet.

The fact that you travel the same trail coming back makes for a difficult journey so I would say 21 miles of hiking in where half of it is the same scenery in wet weather conditions makes for a moderate to hard journey. It was a great experience nonetheless though I recommend for people to attempt the 10 mile version instead with strategic car placement with a friend.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Road Closed. Completely flooded.

Monday, September 28, 2015

I've run the whole trail. Great place to train for a distance race. About half of the trail is significantly shaded. Beautiful Texas views. Well worth the $7.

road biking
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Nice long trail that is quite shaded and flat. Very little change in terrain which can get a bit monotonous. Great place to get in a long recovery run on a flat soft surface. Two sides to this trail...one is paved or graveled, the other side is soft surface dirt or grass for horses. I've run on both sides. Can be very isolated in areas so ladies best to have a canine or friend along.

road biking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great workout! Constantly pedaling! Beautiful in the spring with the wild flowers. Fields of them!

road biking
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Great!

mountain biking
Saturday, January 17, 2015

If your looking for a challenging bike trail dont do this one! ITS Flat and boring. And my tire kept going flat so this trail ticked me off. Then my tire was flat when i left.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The corridor bike trail was excellent. But DO NOT take the ranger suggested equestrian trail from the Isle du Bois state park unit to the corridor bike trail. The equestrian trail is deep sand and we had to push our bikes for 1 1/2 hours until we got to FM 455 which took us over to the beginning of the Greenbelt Corridor bike trail. From the Isle du Bois campground, it may be best to bike out to FM 455, then take the short ride on FM 455 west to the bike trail entrance below the dam. There is a good shoulder to ride on.

hiking
Monday, October 06, 2014

great trail! Loved the tall trees and great path. Cant wait to bike the trail! There is also kayaking available!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Hiked this on July 14, 2014 and so far it's a favorite! Great hike, old growth forest...lots of wildlife!

hiking
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

I started the hike at FM 455 access point hiked to the FM 486 access point and back up the other side on the dirt trail.. Its around 10 miles. You have the option to use the dirt trail or concrete trail. However; the dirt trail stops about 3 miles in and then your stuck to walk back the same way you came.

hiking
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wonderful, wide, long, flat, great scenery, great for running with a stroller, biking, but not rollerblading.

walking
Sunday, January 05, 2014

Lovely flat, wide, scenic trail surrounded by trees. Perfect for a variey of activities. Went for a leisurely walk on a chilly Saturday afternoon. Saw plenty of friendly runners, bikers, and dog-walkers (but not too many!).

mountain biking
Friday, September 13, 2013

Good ride

trail running
Sunday, August 18, 2013

Very flat, fast trail for anyone training for a half/full marathon looking to leave the asphalt for a while. You CANT get lost. The 380 parking lot has no water, so plan accordingly.

paddle sports
Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Canoed Elm Fork of Trinity from just below Ray Roberts Dam to SH 380 (Greenbelt Corridor). Took ~6hrs (on water). We put in below dam at 10:05 am and took out at SH 380 at 4:10 pm. First leg of trip was good (RR Dam to FM 428). Got a 4-5 minute close up view of a beaver hanging out on log in the river. Lots of fish (mostly spotted alligator gar), couple of snakes. There was a couple of low water spots where we had to push, but river was fairly ‘passable’, not a lot of blockage. We stopped for about 15-20 min at the FM 428 park. The river was deeper on the second leg, but we hit numerous blockage points, at least 7 or 8, with very large logs, some were actually large ‘log-jams’. We were able to maneuver, climb, move logs, etc. to get through all but one. But the one had a short and easy ‘land bypass’, only 10-12 yds. River was murky but not too trashy. With the late start, and since it was mid-summer, it was pretty hot. But we were able to stay in the shade for the most part, so it was not too bad. High temp was near 100 degrees.

hiking
Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I have done both hiking and biking the full 20+ miles. For biking it is nice flat trail. For hiking I would say start on the equestrian(gets really muddy on rainy days) on the south end(hwy 380) and then it will merge around 4 miles north then again will split at the hwy 428. After 428 continue on equestrian for about 3 miles(around 2.5 miles there is big white tree with lots of eagle nests, your camera will like that).You will see a old steel bridge. The equestrian trail is closed little bit north of that bridge. You should cross the river(not much water, may be a feet deep) at the bridge then merge with the bike trail. Took me about 6+ hrs for hiking and 2+ hrs for biking. Have seen deer,snakes and armadillo. If you go in the evening you can see plenty of armadillos.I took at least 3-4 15 minute breaks.

paddle sports
Monday, February 04, 2013

Great paddle close to home. Snakes on fallen trees, dangerous to portage.

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