To get there from McKinney, we went west on 380 until shortly before Denton. The entrance to the trail is easy to miss, but there is a brown sign you can see from the road on the right side.
The parking lot off of 380:
The trail map:
The self-pay station:
There were "chemical toilets" at the start of the trail:
The trail is crushed limestone and is 10-15 feet wide:
There are a few trail off-shoots that lead to the Trinity River:
And we crossed under a railroad track bridge:
So we walked almost 2 miles up the trail and then decided to turn back because I wasn't sure how far my 3-year-old could walk with the round-trip included. Here are the pros and cons for this hiking trail:
* Ample parking
* Wide trail that is suitable for bikes and jogging strollers
* The first several miles are shaded by trees
* We could hear a lot of birds and woodpeckers
* Since it is a state park, the entrance fee is $7 per person. Kids 12 and under are free.
* The toilets really stink. When we were returning, we could smell them from quite a ways off. We do use the bathroom in a lot of parks, but my kids were really grossed out by these.
* There is no water fountain here--the closest one is 6.5 miles up the trail when it crosses FM 428.
* There were no mile markers on the trail, which I thought was odd since there were so many runners.
* The scenery did not change. We were surrounded by trees, but it all looked exactly the same with almost no variation. The trail has a scenic overlook that overlooks a meadow further up, but it was about 5 miles up the trail. The river was muddy and had trash on the side.
* While there were a few picnic tables in the parking lot area, there were no benches or tables on this trail. We just moved to the side of the trail to rehydrate and refuel.
* I was warned about this from a website before we arrived, but there appears to be a lot of poison ivy here on the sides of the trail.
Have you been on this trail? Do you like it?