Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail

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Ray Roberts Greenbelt Trail is a 21.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Denton, TX that features a river 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.

21.5 miles 229 feet Out & Back
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The trail can be accessed from 3 different locations. (See the link to a map of the trail) 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.

Bennie Renaud
29 days ago

6 Completed0 Reviews

Plenty of space to walk and explore

Andrew Utsogn
1 month ago

3 Completed2 Reviews

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.

Chris H.
3 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Road Closed. Completely flooded.

Julie Ericsson
4 months ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

Emily Sears
7 months ago

8 Completed8 Reviews

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.

Cary Emmons
10 months ago

21 Completed11 Reviews

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.

Lisa Vola
11 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

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

Lisa Vola
11 months ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Great!

Joshua Smith
1 year ago

4 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Erica Jayne Aguado
1 year ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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

Virginia L.
1 year ago

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

Tiffany White
1 year ago

10 Completed1 Reviews

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.

Anina Imhof
2 years ago

18 Completed8 Reviews

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

Michele Hindman
2 years ago

4 Completed3 Reviews

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!).

Kavan H.
2 years ago

Good ride

Fernando Calderon
2 years ago

11 Completed5 Reviews

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.

Joe Friedeggs
2 years ago

11 Completed3 Reviews

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.

Shen V.
3 years ago

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.

Steven Loesch
3 years ago

14 Completed13 Reviews

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

Connor Kane
3 years ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

The trail I rode was very flat. If you're just looking to enjoy the scenery then this trail is perfect for that, but more experienced riders may find it too slow.