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River Trail Loop

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.6 mile 0.9 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 5' 2 m
Descent: -5' -2 m
High: 438' 133 m
Low: 433' 132 m

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Max Grade: 1% (0°)

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Trail shared by Alene Passerine

Great easy hike down to Elm Fork -Trinity River Overlook.

Alene Passerine

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Wide easy track with educational info along the way.

Park is open from dawn to dusk; other park rules posted at the parking area.

Description

Easy wide sandy track through dappled shade and some sun, this trail loops one leg past the pond and then has an overlook at the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. There's an informational sign at the overlook but no railing, so keep a hand on your dogs and kiddos! You can take this loop out and back from the trailhead, or hop off on the Pond Trail Loop where they intersect. Trails and markers are color coded at John F. Burke, and the River Trail Loop is indicated with blue.

Flora & Fauna

I've seen dragonflies, damselflies, and crickets, and I've heard cicadas and birds. The river and pond will have turtles and fish, and often egrets and killdeer. North Texas woods commonly host rabbits, snakes, raccoons, possums, foxes, deer, bobcats, and more, so keep a sharp eye out! The educational info onsite tells you more about what you may find!

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Land Manager: City of Farmers Branch

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River & Pond Loops shared path
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX
Parking, restroom, trash cans under the overpass
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX
Thicket Loop leg across drainage area, under the highway
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX
Benches to the left by the pond, and picnic tables to the right, on the trail leg shared by Pond & River Loops
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX
Bird blind on the pond from shared leg of the Pond & River Loops
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX
River Trail Loop through upland forest
Jul 4, 2018 near Farmers…, TX

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