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Ranch Road Trail

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1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 4' 1 m
Descent: -18' -5 m
High: 393' 120 m
Low: 380' 116 m

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Max Grade: 1% (0°)

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A wide, easily navigable trail that provides you with great views of the Trinity River.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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This is the main connecting trail to many portions of the preserve with many trails starting and ending along its path. You begin this trail at the parking area on the west side of the preserve. The trail is really an old forest road that is partially grown over in spots, but it is very easy to follow. There are also many short trails that provide you with great shaded alternatives along the way.

Since it used to be a forest road, it is fairly exposed so bring a hat and some sunscreen. At the end of the trail, the road connects with a singletrack trail that passes shortly under a large powerline and then leads you to a great view of the Trinity River just before you reach the turn for the Hog's Wild Trail. This is a nice trail that is easily followed and is a necessity for connecting with other areas of the preserve.

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Saplings create a maze of dense forest.
Apr 8, 2017 near Hutchins, TX
Enjoy great views of the mighty Trinity River from the Ranch Road Trail.
Apr 8, 2017 near Hutchins, TX
Trinity River
Nov 13, 2019 near Hutchins, TX
These are the typical trail markers used throughout Goat Island Nature Preserve.
Apr 8, 2017 near Hutchins, TX
Ranch Road Trail follows smooth doubletrack through forests and grassy openings.
Apr 8, 2017 near Hutchins, TX
Lovely Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush) create a wonderful backdrop to the trails in Goat Island Nature Preserve.
Apr 8, 2017 near Hutchins, TX

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