Greenbelt History

From TPWD News Releases

DENTON, Texas — The greenbelt, a wilderness area with approximately 10 miles of multi-use trails and waterways for bicyclists, equestrians, hikers, kayakers and others is located 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 studies for the project began 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.”

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)

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