Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail
Greenbelt Corridor Park – Bike and Hiking Trail
Runs between Lake Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts
Thick woods loom over this wide, charming trail that winds north from Lewisville Lake to Ray Roberts Lake. It’s a great, kid-friendly hike.
The Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor is a 20 mile multi-use trail system (12 miles for equestrian and 10 for hike and bike use) that begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. This unique trail corridor meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, canoeists, birdwatchers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can access the trail at one of three trailheads, located at FM 455, FM 428 and Hwy. 380. Canoe and kayak rentals are available by calling Greenbelt Canoe Rentals (817/228-9496).
The Greenbelt is a crushed limestone trail–about 10-15′ wide–running north and south from US 380 (see google map below) to FM 428 (Sherman Drive) at the midpoint to FM 455 at the furthest north point at the base of the Ray Roberts dam, just west of IDB. There is 6.5 miles from 380 to 428 and 4.5 miles from 428 to 455 for a total of 11 miles. Its an easy trail, but a good way to get in some miles before/after IDB if you’re into that sort of thing.
May 10, 1999
New North Texas Greenbelt Opens National Trails Day June 5
DENTON, Texas — The greenbelt, a wilderness area with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers and others will hold its grand opening on National Trails Day, June 5, at the 428 access point, about an hour north of Dallas.
The 1,500-acre Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor runs North/South along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, connecting Ray Roberts Lake with Lake Lewisville. Various partners have contributed to the project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the cities of Dallas and Denton funded the Greenbelt project. Texas Parks and Wildlife is operating the greenbelt in connection with its Isle Du Bois unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
The $3 million project is the product of more than 16 years of work, begun in 1983 when the two cities asked the Corps to study the feasibility for a greenbelt corridor connecting the two lakes.
“Everyone who loves to walk, ride or paddle down a shady way owes gratitude to the cities of Dallas and Denton and the Corps of Engineers for keeping this project on track,” said Andrew Sansom, TPW executive director. “Riparian corridors along waterways such as this one are not only a blessing for people, but are important for wildlife to travel through the increasingly urbanized areas of our state.”
At 9 a.m. on Sat., June 5, National Trails Day, the greenbelt grand opening festivities will commence as dozens of bicyclists, hikers, runners/walkers, horseback riders and paddlers start at the north and south ends of the trail and move toward the middle. These include members of the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association (TETRA), Dallas Off Road Bicycling Association (DORBA) and other groups. At 11 a.m. at the FM428 access point, project partners will hold a brief ceremony to open the greenbelt. Throughout the day, there will be food booths and display booths from the project partners, UNT, TETRA and others. A van shuttle will take runners/hikers from the FM428 access point back up to the FM455 Trailhead.
The greenbelt begins as the Elm Fork Trail leading away from the Isle du Bois Unit on the south shore of Ray Roberts Lake near the community of Pilot Point. Heading south, the trail crosses under FM 455 and winds a little over a mile to the Elm Fork canoe and greenbelt access point, with parking and restrooms. Here the trail joins the Elm Fork of the Trinity and splits in two, with one trail, a hard surface hike and bike trail, snaking along the river’s west side and another for equestrian use along the east. The two trails converge at the FM 428 access point, site of the June 5 grand opening celebration. The trail then proceeds south another six miles along the river’s east bank to end at the Highway 380 crossing at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. On the southern portion of the trail, all users are on the East Side of the river. The hard surface trail is for hike and bike use and equestrians may use the construction haul roads.
A brief summary of trail facilities includes:
* Three trailheads (access points) — FM 455, FM 428, HWY 380
* Canoe launches
* Restroom facilities
* Picnic tables/fire grills
* Six miles of equestrian trail (connects to existing multi-use trail at the Isle du Bois Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park)
* Ten miles of improved surface hike and bike trail (connects to Isle du Bois)
Entrance fees to access the new greenbelt are the same as those for Ray Roberts Lake State Park — $3 per adult, free for children age 12 and under. Payment is made on an honor system at “iron ranger” fee stations at the three trail heads.
On June 5, there will be free entrance to the Greenbelt and the grand opening activities. For more information about Ray Roberts Lake State Park/Isle du Bois Unit, phone the park at 940-686-2148 or check the state park pages on the TPW web site at https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
Trail Name: Elm Fork Greenbelt Trail
Trail Location: Along Elm Fork, Trinity River Between US380 and Lake Ray Roberts
Trail Address: US 380 @ Trinity River, FM 428 at Trinity River, below Lake Ray Roberts Dam
Manager: TX Parks and Wildlife Dept, Lake Ray Roberts State Park
Approved Trail Activities: Walking | Jogging | Hiking | Road Bicycling | Mountain Bicycling | Nature Study | Equestrian | Canoeing
Approximate Trail Distance: 10 Miles
Estimated Difficulty of Trail: Easy
Hours: 8am – 10pm
Cost: $3.00 Per Person
Facilities: Drinking Water | Toilets | Picnic Facilities
Wheelchair accessible: Some sections
Scenery: Parallels the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, Canoe access, connects with Lake Ray Roberts State Park trail network, wildlife areas in Lewisville Lake Trail water Areas.
Trail Statistics & Information
|Length:||5 total miles|
|Trailhead Elevation:||525 feet|
|Top Elevation:||525 feet|