If the rubber crumb mat is placed on top of the surface, it becomes a terrain following trail that can be enjoyed by almost everyone. The first 2.5 miles are paved out of Farmersville. A Hidden North Texas Gem. The hustle and bustle of daily life came to halt because of a bug named COVID-19. I wish this trail was closer to home. Note this parking lot is currently under construction. During the recent 3+ inch rains that added up to about 40,000 gallons of additional water along the side of the paved trail. 50 KM. The trail races are on the converted Chaparral Trail. Seems that this trail has fully dried out now. The NETT runs between Farmersville and New Boston traversing seven counties and nineteen towns with both rural and urban areas to … Riding the shoulder of 78 is pretty sketchy and I would t recommend it. The trail head in Farmersville is very nice and the Town has done one great job on both the trail and trail head. This section is paved with asphalt while in the city of Farmersville and later paved with concrete (10 ft. wide) for approximately 2.5 miles. I was so excited! From Bland to Farmersville is great, but the “crushed rock” in the opposite direction from the school is not even walkable, much less a running surface. Maybe even roadbike if your skills are good. ", "Yes, the city of Farmersville has done a commendable job maintaining the trail head and the first couple of miles. While concrete makes for a nice surface for walkers, wheelchairs, and casual bikers, it is a lousy surface for hikers, dirt bikers, and horses. I appreciate the length of trail, too. No railings are in place. 1 talking about this. Stick to the city unless you have a mountain bike. (Ladonia has a store that sells very cold water, mixed with barley and hops, etc.) And yes, there are clearly man-made obstacles---trenches and mounds that deter use and basic maintenance. There were a few rough areas but mostly it was moderately packed and very rideable. Since there are so few trails for non motorized vehicles in this area, we thought we would try this trail out. The trail races are on the converted Chaparral Trail. Walked some of this trail to check it out. Trying it out for the first time yesterday, I encountered a ""no equestrian use"" sign no more than a couple of miles north of Farmersville. One drawback is the fact that horses are allowed on it. If you still want to ride this trail the GPS numbers sre: 33 09.721 and 096 21.590. For now (until retirement), I will have to be satisfied with doing day-hikes along certain legs of the trail. This would be a great trail if it was maintained better. This is the fourth of fifth rail to trail I've ridden/hiked/ biked on and I only have this to say for those that want perfect paved trails to ride on. It gets complicated, but many of the small towns along the route obtained quit claim deeds from the banking entities for sections near their municipalities. The Chaparral trail head is near the old Onion Shed. I was hoping to do the entire 35 miles but I hit the great Texas Peanut butter soil (TX Clay). Sadly people have been dumping their unwanted furniture ie refrigerators, couches, and old beds on the areas that they can access with vehicles. Copyright © 2021 northtexasramblings.com. Country Roads Trading Post (110 McKinney Street) has 50 smaller vendors with an assortment of goods from handmade lavender soap to 1940s kitchenware. Maps delineate trail conditions and cautions in town-to-town segments. The wife and I rode from Wolfe City to Ladonia and back. Highlights included seeing small-town Texas up close (Farmersville, Meritt, Celeste, Wolfe City, and Ladonia), and a strong sense of pioneering, given the relatively overgrown state of much of the trail. It’s almost a gem, but could be better. The first first five or so miles were great, paved then gravel. In the case of the fences and the gates I was able to lift the bike over and continue. I have recently taken advantage of the Chaparral Trail between Merit and Celeste to do some Geocaching and trail riding on my bicycle. I just hope the people of Farmersville are proud of themselves. We had some of these that we had about an inch on either side of our wheels requiring us to virtually stop to get thru. Spain Athletic complex and head Northeast on the trail; bypassing only a short (paved) section of the trail. I think 10-12 MPH average could be very possible. Picking up where I left off at the 7.5 mile mark I encountered a 75-yard long ankle-deep watery mess. 1.5 miles were recently developed with a really nice finely crushed amber rock of some sort. The Chaparral Trail is the western most leg of the regional Northeast Texas Trail running from the Audie L. Murphy Trail Head to the Collin County line. Started in Farmersville and did the 2 1/2 miles to the crushed stone to the northeast. You can also query NTTC on their Facebook page to get updated information from Rail Stewards. Frame and rack broke at mile 25 Merit Texas 7. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. Farmersville is located off US Route 380 between McKinney and Greenville. Perhaps the most difficult challenge is repair of the old railroad trestle bridges. Trail De Paris Rail Trail. It's green and beautiful but impassable in several areas, it's been a challenge to ride down from hwy 34 in Wolfe city to Ladonia for months now we've been taking a beating from over grown brush and tree limbs to low but now it's impassable with the large trees that have fallen. My brother-in-law and I are planning to ride from Farmersville to Paris in the near future with welcome stops for chicken fried and pancakes. ", "The City of Farmersville has made significant improvements to the trail head and first mile of the trail. Total mileage was right at 17 miles including riding around Ladonia just a bit. This occured mainly at road crossings since these areas were easier to access. Thank you for your consideration. The historic Onion Shed in Farmersville serves as the western-most trailhead. Overall, very well maintained. Here recently a crew came through and filled the ditch in and now the poachers and tresspassers are bad. Many of us continue to enjoy and promote the trail. In reality, a ride through the town dump is what I got. Marking cross roads with GPS coordinates. Just west of Ladonia the trail/road intersections appear to have trenches dug across them. http://heraldbanner.com/topnews/x296819333/County-trail-supporters-schedule-meeting Hope to see you there. The trail is available immeadiately after the paving is complete - no "curing" delays. After riding through the first section and cleaning the mud off the bike I hit another section. When the pavement ends, expect crushed-stone, dirt, and gravel surfaces. This could be a really great ride, assuming one can overlook the discarded mattresses, sofas, building materials and assorted trash that has been dumped along the right of way. Hiked the first 7.5 miles from Farmersville out through Merit to its junction with what google maps calls Mud Road. Trailhead starts at S Main Street and Orion Alley (although Googlemaps calls it Hill St) in downtown Farmersville. Original plan was to ride from Carrollton TX and stay at Lovonia Park on Lake Lavon. We were able to time lunch and dinner well and eat in Celeste (convenience store) and Wolfe City (good Mexican food on the town square) respectively. Total trip was 16.4 miles. The 130 mile trail traverses from Farmersville (through 19 rural towns and 7 counties) to New Boston (West Texarkana). For every square foot of concrete, each inch of rain adds .62 gallons of water runoff. Becoming uncomfortable about whether we were welcome to ride this trail, we turned back. Put the middle bollard a little to one side. Overall this is still cross country mountain biking and I recommend riding nothing less than a true mountian bike. With more than 94 Farmersville trails covering 380 miles, you’re bound to find a perfect trail like the Northaven Trail or Trinity Strand Trail. Will be attempting this section of the trail again soon. Farmersville, TX, USA. The trail is in nice shape. There were occasional areas of undergrowth but nothing inconvenient. This event was held March 7 2009 to correspond with the local event in downtown Farmersville. A combination Farmers Market and Flea Market held the first Saturday of the month, am- pm, at the historic Onion Shed The Farmersville to Merit path is part of the ambitious Northeast Texas Trail system. I expect that anyone who gets harassed on this right-of-way should report it to not only to local law enforcement, but also Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It was, to say the least, sad. I live in Farmersville near the southern trailhead and ride this trail often with my daughter. I did pick up the trail again about a mile later, I rode on some county roads, but the same thing happened again within a half mile. New Trailer broke my bike axle before I left 2. The 35-mile route is the westernmost leg of the regional Northeast Texas Trail system, which will one day span more than 130 miles and 19 communities. Still there are sections that are barely passable … it’s an ambitious project to keep up a 130-mile trail. We were definitely able to see that the path, though rustic after the first paved 2.5 miles, was clear as far as we could see. Chaparral Trail & Farmersville. Results. The City of Farmersville maintains five miles of the trail; 2.5 miles is paved, and 2.5 miles is a decomposed granite surface. Through grants and donations, bit-by-bit, the 130-mile trail system has been maintained and improved. Some of the longer rail bridges are a bit technical (to ride) and could use repair, but none seem unsafe. My kids go to Bland. Everything was great until about mile 7. I wouldn't want to even attempt this trail beyond the packed sand part on anything less than a FAT bike. Farmersville is located off US Route 380 between McKinney and Greenville. The bridge is significantly above the height of the road. But, I really do love running this route. Does it remain right of way indefinitely, or does the adjacent landowner have a right to fence it off and restrict access? More to come in the future. I'll report my findings and post photo's. Like many small Texas towns, there are vacant storefronts, however, in Farmersville you sense the possibility of rebirth. Explore the best trails in Farmersville, Texas on TrailLink. We had really wanted to use this trail. Once completed The Northeast Texas Trail will be the 4th longest hike, bike, and equestrian trail in the United States. It's a nice trail and I've seen it improve over the years. The Chaparral Rail Trail portion of the Northeast Texas Trail goes through the towns of: Farmersville, Merit, Celeste, Wolfe City, Ladonia, Pecan Gap, Ben Franklin, Roxton and Paris. Because the rubber crumb creates a porous surface, there is less runoff. Courses. This 6-bedroom lodge is located at the edge of "Downtown" Ladonia, and was absolutely perfect for our needs. Spain Athletic Complex (400 Merit Street). A city park and large adjacent lot offer parking, picnic, and restroom facilities, along with easy trail access. Three private agencies banked the 130 miles now known as Northeast Texas Trail. Learn from my mistakes and try it again. I'll drive to Merit and continue on when I have my next day off, weather permitting. Finally at around mile 8 or so ran into a very large pool of standing water covering the trail, so had to turn around and head back. Had to call wife to pick me up. HAPARRAL TRAIL Enjoy the Chaparral Trail, maintained by the City of Farmersville. In the case of the fences and the gates I was able to lift the bike over and continue. There was a ditch dug that kept motor vehicles and such from having access. Back in town I had a BBQ beef Sandwich at Jordan's and it was one of the very best, the French Fries are the best. Prior to the event I mapped the trail from Farmersville to Wolf City. Like another poster, we met a dog at ~mile 3 and was not sure if he was friendly. Every time I go. I have property that is along the trail. The Wolfe City Rail Trail is a beautiful trail that runs through Wolfe City, Texas.. I suspect that right of way remains right of way regardless of whether or not an adjacent landowner desires it. Using rubber crumb mats speeds placement of the paved surface. 4. Website. That way, cars and other motorized vehicles are still blocked, but we can still get thru. I enjoy that change of scenery and its easy ambiance. Then there is the issue with all of the horse droppings. The group is working with the Texas Legislature for funding and are exploring options to designate the trail system as a state park. Trail open though narrowed in a few places by vegetation (specifically poison ivy). The section between Farmersville and Merit provides mountain bikers and hikers five-miles of improved trail surface through rural farmland and township. Quiet and fast double track MBT which is also clearly used for horses and hiking. Paved for the first ~2.5 mi, packed cinders until ~5mi, gravel after that. https://www.alltrails.com › trail › us › texas › northeast-texas-trail--2 Chaparral Trail, Farmersville Picture: The Chaparall Trailhead - Check out Tripadvisor members' 80 candid photos and videos. Dinner on Saturday night was at Fat Boy's BBQ (www.fatboysb-b-q.com). Also, remember, grass grows daily. The 35-mile route is the … The Trail De Paris Rail Trail is the only non-motorized pedestrian and bicycle trail in Paris and Lamar County. ... Farmersville, TX 75442 I rode a good portion of the trail on 10-20-2012 My Chaparral Trail Tour did not go well. In one section just east of Wolfe City we found 5 dead cows that had been dragged (rope or wire still attached to the feet). The next four miles got rough and not knowing the area I did a U turn. This left old rail right-away intact for use as trail systems. We rode across one and walked the others. Breakfast on Sunday was at Gloria's Kitchen, clearly a local institution. It extends from Farmersville… The paved surface makes it an easy trail for families with small children and strollers. Out and back I can get a ten mile run in pretty easy. A better choice than concrete is rubber crumb matting. I have a confession to make. As a "softer" surface, it provides an excellent surface for everyone but the dirt bikers. Great improvement from Merrit. Rode a spooky trail and would do again 10. With brick and limestone storefronts spanning eighty years of architectural styles, the town exudes charm. I love the little town of Farmersville. The Farmersville City Coun­cil appears set to move ahead on applying for grants to help finance the cost of developing an 8.1-mile section of the Chaparral Trail to Celeste while considering the scope of the grant applications it will file. 2.5 miles are paved. I have some concern with the practice of paving the trail with concrete. Collin College's 75-acre Farmersville campus is now underway, preparing to open for the 2021-2022 academic year.Riverside Homebuilders is excited to join the Farmersville growth. If I had known the reality of the course I most certainly would not have signed up for the beating my body took. Bikes gears got gummed up pretty good, we were even washing them in the puddles so they would keep moving. 8.5 miles was the end of the line. In Merit, the trailhead there looks like a scrapyard but we had little trouble passing through. Our community is a stone’s throw away from Farmersville Historic Square, specialty shops, and over 150 years of living history. Help defend and expand trails nationwide. Right now it is pretty much in shambles once you leave the paved portions. In March 2008, I mountain biked the section of the trail between Roxton and Ben Franklin. ", "The person that identified the trail as a ""dump"" must have been dreaming.The trail is actually a nice quiet trail in which myself & many Farmersville residents enjoy walking, jogging or biking. If this keeps up it will be hard to ride with anything but a mountain bike, much like when it was just a gravel trail left over from when the train tracks and railroad ties were removed. I did a eightteen mile loop from Farmersville past Merit this past week. View detailed trail descriptions, trail maps, reviews, photos, trail itineraries, directions and more on TrailLink. Left Farmersville at the trailhead, It was at first concrete, which gave way to asphalt, then back to concrete, to packed sand, and then to tooth-loosening gravel. 3.3 (3) Areas; TX; Dallas - Fort Worth Metro I live 10 minutes from this trail and run it often. The trailhead is located a block from downtown at the Onion Shed, a restored building from the 1930s that was once used as a loading dock for the onion industry. The condition of the trail was worse than the description above, much more vegetation in sections that made it uncomfortable but still rideable. (Cache-in-Trash-Out) we picked up trash along the two miles or so of concrete trail running north out of Farmersville. Hikers and bikers could get by the ditch. We then tried to ride the trail at Merit and it was too overgrown and strewn with trash. The rail-trail begins in Farmersville, where its first 2.5 miles are paved. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! The Chaparral Trail is maintained by the city of Farmersville. But all in all, things are getting better, it would seem, in policing the trash out there. Definitely a lot different the the Mineral Wells to Weatherford trail. Dont Mess With Texas huh? Farmersville is a great place to eat and plan your hiking, biking or caching trip, Celeste has a quick shop right off the trail and Wolf City has a cafe with great food down town. We hope to hold another event next spring. There were ATV's and motorcycles but no hikers or bikers. Alternatively, park at the J.W. Though they are kept up well. The trail was used as the railroad right-of-way and now converted to a multi-use trail. In Merit, the trailhead there looks like a scrapyard but we had little trouble passing through. Link to maps and other information about the Chaparral Trail http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=e85c9d90-bb7c-4933-baec-73183f404df6 D. Sheppard South West Arlington Geocachers. A riding buddy and I tackled this trip on September 24/25, and enjoyed a generally positive adventure. Chaparral Rail Trail, connecting four counties northeast of Dallas, has been developing since it was first envisioned in 1995. Today, the world is much dif­ferent than what we had become accustomed to in our day-to-day life. Farmersville delivers on a collection of small antique malls, you know the type, big buildings partitioned into smaller stalls filled with a multitude of collectables and junktiques. This part of the trail desperately needs help. This and the description of the trails leading to cattle gates in Delta County begs questions regarding the posession of right of way once a rail line is abandoned. I am trying to clarify and will publish the answer. I started off in Pecan Gap with every intention of riding from there to Farmersville. Passing through the little towns was nice since we were carrying little more than fluids and cash. Farmersville Visitors Center is located at 201 S Main Street, though hours vary. I found some particularly well-priced treasures there. For the most part a very rideable trail. This is truly a wonderful trail and project--one of the best things government has done in a long time. I did not see anyone along the route. I shed a few tears out of frustration along the way. Exercise extreme caution at all CR and FM crossings because the traffic pays no attention to the warnings and yields. And though this trail doesn't dump there it will take me most of the way. There are still active tracks owned by the Kansas City Southern in Farmersville. It is part of the "Chaparral Rails to Trails Inc". Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. There were some areas that felt pretty wild (the area where the trail crosses the Sulphur river comes to mind). Downtown Square & Shopping — The Chaparral Trail...For hiking, biking, walking, running, sight seeing and horseback riding. The condition of the trail was worse than the description above, much more vegetation in sections that made it uncomfortable but still rideable. Yes, the trail is overgrown and very primitive, with the exception of 2-3 miles out of Farmersville. 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