Not even the most experienced and determined mountain biker would have attempted to keep going.This trail has great potential. However, I do not anticipate a return trip anytime soon. We also cleared a few downed trees along the way. Just found mention of this trail in a cycling forum where the poster was wondering about progress on the trail. At approximately 31 miles of rough gravel terrain, Farmersville to Ladonia represents a good length for an out and back, overnight MTB trip. I rode a good portion of the trail on 10-20-2012 My Chaparral Trail Tour did not go well. More to come. As a "softer" surface, it provides an excellent surface for everyone but the dirt bikers. More to come in the future. The trail races are on the converted Chaparral Trail. After riding through the first section and cleaning the mud off the bike I hit another section. Still there are sections that are barely passable … it’s an ambitious project to keep up a 130-mile trail. A reasonable pace should be around 8 MPH. Run the historic Chaparral Trail in Farmersville Texas. ", "Loved the new 5,000 foot concrete extension to the trail. I love the little town of Farmersville. The fact that the Feds have paid for right-of-way means that violation of that agreement is a Federal matter. I encountered a few more of these usually where the trail crossed a road. 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. My husband and I tried to ride our bikes but a mile out of Farmersville we encountered an abandoned car in the middle of the trail! It would be a shame to let that happen to this fun trail. In reality, a ride through the town dump is what I got. The rubber crumb mat also provides a use for old tires with less production pollution than concrete, and adds green jobs to the area. Chaparral Trail - Section 1: Farmersville to Merit Easy/Intermediate. With brick and limestone storefronts spanning eighty years of architectural styles, the town exudes charm. The fido listed in one of the reviews at the 3 mile mark was my black and tan beagle mix, and he is now dead. But all in all, things are getting better, it would seem, in policing the trash out there. I'll report my findings and post photo's. For example, the City of Farmersville quit claimed the land between it and the Collin County line. The 35-mile route is the … The 130 mile trail traverses from Farmersville (through 19 rural towns and 7 counties) to New Boston (West Texarkana). There was a ditch dug that kept motor vehicles and such from having access. My wife and I rode from Frmersville out to CR1104 and back this morning. If you want a longer walk to stretch your legs, I suggest the Chaparral Trail. Then conditions got very primitive very quickly. 1+ ACRE HOMESITES! This is a gem for our area if the natural state can be managed for those seeking outdoor adventure. 50 KM. At least two sections (a mile or so each) are essentially gravel roads that end at a gate with cattle on the other side. Chaparral Rail Trail. The first first five or so miles were great, paved then gravel. Frankly, this is the worst trail we've dealt with so far. Spacious new homes are situated on 1-acre sites, giving you a great yard for kids, pets, gardens, outbuildings, and even some livestock!Our home designs are sized for the way you want to live, with 3- and 4-bedroom plans from 1,800 to 2,417 square feet. Through grants and donations, bit-by-bit, the 130-mile trail system has been maintained and improved. The Chaparral trail head is near the old Onion Shed. I started off in Pecan Gap with every intention of riding from there to Farmersville. 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. I'll give an update on that ride. The towns along the way offer nice rest stops. We had planned to go from Farmersville to Merit and back, but 4 miles into it, we turned back because of dogs-for which we were not prepared. The following is a listing of the ride. Out and back I can get a ten mile run in pretty easy. This beautiful trail is also part of the regional NorthEast Texas Trail system, which spans more than 130 miles and 19 communities.. He was always friendly, and I always knew he was there. Even Ladonia Mayor Jan Cooper showed up---and she had heard a few intrepid cyclists were in town. The section between Farmersville and Merit provides mountain bikers and hikers five-miles of improved trail surface through rural farmland and township. Passage is possible by foot or walking a bike. There were even several miles that had obviously been mowed. I enjoy that change of scenery and its easy ambiance. And impeding a traveler is no less than a violation of civil rights, in my mind (United States v. Wheeler in 1920). The Odd Fellows Lodge built in 1899 has been restored and is now home to Fiber Circle Yarns. I selected the October Fest Trail Run Marathon about 5 months ago because it was on a Saturday, it was rated a 1 for “non technical terrain that was fast”, the description on the Ultra Expeditions site stated “crushed rock that was an easy out and back course.” This was going to be my 1st marathon at 46 years young. Very nice shade. New Trailer broke my bike axle before I left 2. Trail open though narrowed in a few places by vegetation (specifically poison ivy). Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2012. I rolled my ankle 10 times while walking. Farmersville, TX is known as a hidden treasure, nestled in the sweeping rural landscapes 35 miles north of Dallas. What exactly happens to right of way once it is vacated? Main Street Antiques & More (103 S Main Street) is a smorgasbord of china, crystal, depression-era glass, and more. 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). And when it warmed up during the day, a fragrant odor from the moldy mattresses overpowers one's sense of smell. For now (until retirement), I will have to be satisfied with doing day-hikes along certain legs of the trail. This event was held March 7 2009 to correspond with the local event in downtown Farmersville. 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. A riding buddy and I tackled this trip on September 24/25, and enjoyed a generally positive adventure. I would think that would also mean that in the heat of the day in summer, you can forget a breeze to cool you. First off we had to take a road around the initial entry as it was not rideable. Paved for the first ~2.5 mi, packed cinders until ~5mi, gravel after that. I am trying to clarify and will publish the answer. The 130-mile project follows the unused routes of the Union Pacific and Chaparral railroads. There were a few areas of heavy gravel and several areas of heavy overgrowth. There is no gradual incline to the bridge. The town of Farmersville maintains the first five miles of Chaparral Trail. I live 10 minutes from this trail and run it often. We barely cleared our frames getting over it. Seems like the locals that I talked to like the trail and the folks that use it. Sponsors boast about the trail’s multipurpose use for hikers, bikers, and yes, horses, though I’ve yet to encounter an equestrian on the path. Seems that this trail has fully dried out now. My kids go to Bland. One critique—the brush has been cut back so much that there is far less shade from Merit to Celeste than from Farmersville to Merit. We went out 3.5 miles before having to turn back due to the hour. If you still want to ride this trail the GPS numbers sre: 33 09.721 and 096 21.590. Farmersville Visitors Center is located at 201 S Main Street, though hours vary. The trail was hikeable. Attacked by dog at mile 2 on the way to Farmersville 5. The people of Farmersville should be very proud of the five miles that has been paved or fine limestone. There are some points where the locals will use their ATVs, but, placement of appropriate barriers and signage would eliminate the problem. The trail then opened up and was mostly open, clean and fast all the way to Ladonia. Dont Mess With Texas huh? We rode across one and walked the others. On Friday, November 13, 2009 I drove out to the Chaparral Trail. https://www.alltrails.com › trail › us › texas › northeast-texas-trail--2 Perhaps the most difficult challenge is repair of the old railroad trestle bridges. Finally, the other issue is just the condition of the trail. Alternatively, the trail also goes behind Bland High school in Merit if you're looking for an end point (or starting point) in Merit. Here recently a crew came through and filled the ditch in and now the poachers and tresspassers are bad. In Merit, the trailhead there looks like a scrapyard but we had little trouble passing through. The worst sections were rideable, but barely. The section between Farmersville and Merit provides mountain bikers and hikers five-miles of improved trail surface through rural farmland and township. Farmersville is located off US Route 380 between McKinney and Greenville. Exercise extreme caution at all CR and FM crossings because the traffic pays no attention to the warnings and yields. 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. Use a little imagination and you can picture classic Studebakers and old Ford trucks parked on the diagonal outside Dyer Drugstore instead of today’s Hondas and Toyotas. In Merit, the trailhead there looks like a scrapyard but we had little trouble passing through. Lots of them. Beyond that stretch there were no signs at all, clearing the way for horses (we presumed); however, not but another couple of miles we ran into two man-made baracades constructed of brush. Numerous times I encountered barbed-wire fences, no trespassing signs, giant round haybale storage, etc. The 2,426 sq. Picking up where I left off at the 7.5 mile mark I encountered a 75-yard long ankle-deep watery mess. I did get to meet a guy how is on the Board for the NETT trail will go from Farmersville to New Boston about 130 miles and will be one of the top 50 trials in the USA. Spain Athletic complex and head Northeast on the trail; bypassing only a short (paved) section of the trail. The trail boasts miles and miles of unspoiled natural beauty making this trail especially a treat for nature enthusiasts, bikers and hikers. Will be attempting this section of the trail again soon. We walked in with large clippers and chain saws. Less heavy equipment is required to place it, which preserves the natural state of the trails. The Horse rider that we talked to on the way said that it decent at least as far as Merit. Just west of Ladonia the trail/road intersections appear to have trenches dug across them. Frame and rack broke at mile 25 Merit Texas 7. The first 2.5 miles are paved and then it becomes progressively more overgrown. The section from Farmersville to Merit is, as mentioned in many reviews below, in excellent shape. 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in. For Hiking, iking, Walking, Jogging, Equestrian and Non-Motorized use. During the recent 3+ inch rains that added up to about 40,000 gallons of additional water along the side of the paved trail. One drawback is the fact that horses are allowed on it. Parking is available at the trail's western end at the historical Onion Shed (151 S. Main Street) and at the J.W. Great improvement from Merrit. If I had known the reality of the course I most certainly would not have signed up for the beating my body took. Overall, very well maintained. There is more work to be done, but this 37 mile section of the trail is now open. The Wolfe City Rail Trail is a beautiful trail that runs through Wolfe City, Texas.. I've had "dog problems" at the 2.5 mile point so I'm always super cautious there. The other issue is the bridge at about the 2 mile mark. The fall colors are great at this time. True to its name, Farmersville grew from its early roots in cotton farming to a thriving business center. When completed the Northeast Texas Trail (NETT), otherwise known as the Chaparral Trail, will be the longest hike, bike and equestrian trail in Texas and the … Other posters are all too correct----some sections of the trail are woefully unkempt and overgrown. It looks like the only maintenance has been an occasional mowing. TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, Historic Onion Shed at S. Main Street (Farmersville) and Crawford Street (Pecan Gap). Miles of hard surface is hard on the legs of both hikers and horses, and dirt bikers get their fill of pavement in the cities and towns. Walked some of this trail to check it out. Most Rails to Trails are not perfectly paved or graveled. One of the three, Chaparral Rails to Trails, banked the section from Farmersville to Paris. There are three old RR trestles/bridges that do not have any improvements. Traffic is lighter than Section 1, but the trail is used, and you'll probably encounter someone at any time of day throughout the year. The Chaparral Trail is maintained by the city of Farmersville. I live in Farmersville near the southern trailhead and ride this trail often with my daughter. Website. I have property that is along the trail. A city park and large adjacent lot offer parking, picnic, and restroom facilities, along with easy trail access. The condition of the trail was worse than the description above, much more vegetation in sections that made it uncomfortable but still rideable. I literally had to walk most of the 14 miles. 8. 8.5 miles was the end of the line. Right now it is pretty much in shambles once you leave the paved portions. I was told by some neighbors of the trail that when the railroad was removed the ballast was sold. ", "Yes, the city of Farmersville has done a commendable job maintaining the trail head and the first couple of miles. I think 10-12 MPH average could be very possible. (Cache-in-Trash-Out) we picked up trash along the two miles or so of concrete trail running north out of Farmersville. ", "The City of Farmersville has made significant improvements to the trail head and first mile of the trail. I bailed the trail and went for a pleasant 36 mile ride on the farm roads. We had really wanted to use this trail. That way, cars and other motorized vehicles are still blocked, but we can still get thru. This is truly a wonderful trail and project--one of the best things government has done in a long time. Check or FAQs for more common login questions. The path crosses streets through town, skirts schools and parks, and traverses past East Texas farms. The trail is available immeadiately after the paving is complete - no "curing" delays. My wife and I drove out to Farmersville and got there too late for riding more than one hour. 3. In the case of the fences and the gates I was able to lift the bike over and continue. My kids and I did most of the first part of the trail today. I took a troop on a hike from Farmersville to Celeste on October 3. On my hikes, it’s apparent the trail draws both out-of-town visitors and local residents. "Friends who have said they have ridden this trail on horseback must not have done so lately. The trail was used as the railroad right-of-way and now converted to a multi-use trail. Took my first ride on the trail today from the trail head in Farmersville to Merit. 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. From there, trail becomes overgrown and nearly impassable, though travelers can drive about 30 miles northeast, to the city of Paris, to pick up two more sections of the Northeast Texas Trail, both fully paved. Traffic is lighter than section 1, but the trail is used and you'll probably encounter someone at any time of day throughout the year. You can also query NTTC on their Facebook page to get updated information from Rail Stewards. We arrived a little beat, but were revived by great ribs, brisket, and pulled pork, as well as the unique treat of fried corn-on-the-cob. We encountered only one other person along the trail, a guy on a four-wheeler. Does it remain right of way indefinitely, or does the adjacent landowner have a right to fence it off and restrict access? Thanks to some of the wonderful volunteers from North East Texas Trails association we were able to get the Wolfe City, Hunt County parts of the trail from CR 4901 to CR 3905(cemetery road) passable again. The newspaper wrote a great article about the event an Geocaching and the Chamber of Commerce donated a booth space for our group. That is a lot of additional mud and a lot of additional erosion to deal with. While I understand the need for them, they really should be spaced differently. Frankly even that 2 1/2 mile was a real problem for us. Chaparral Trail, Farmersville Picture: The Chaparall Trailhead - Check out Tripadvisor members' 80 candid photos and videos. My older comments covering the first 7.5 miles east of Farmersville and the section between Ben Franklin and Roxton are at the bottom. Policies. Caution is advised, but I have cycled the entire way on a hybrid bike. 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. Carry clippers and help out along the way as the mood strikes you. Posted on January 16, 2021 by lisfamily@tx.rr.com. Numerous times I encountered barbed-wire fences, no trespassing signs, giant round haybale storage, etc. There is NO WATER anywhere along the trail, however there are tasty treats no far where it crosses through the towns. The bridge is significantly above the height of the road. I have nothing against them nor would I try to deny recreational use of the trail to their riders, but they are tearing up the crushed granite section of the trail. What an incredible ride it would be if the entire length from Farmersville to Paris was open and maintained. I did notice a small section of the trail less than 2 miles south of Celeste ran adjacent to dirt roads ending in cattle gates with no signage prohibiting access. The concrete sections are in pretty good shape, the asphalt sections are not. Downtown Square & Shopping — The Chaparral Trail...For hiking, biking, walking, running, sight seeing and horseback riding. I suspect that right of way remains right of way regardless of whether or not an adjacent landowner desires it. Chaparral Trail: Great Trail - See traveler reviews, 2 candid photos, and great deals for Farmersville, TX, at Tripadvisor. Near Ben Franklin the trail was blocked with a gate and cattle occupied the area. Looks promising. Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more! Thank you for your consideration. Together, they encompass 11 miles of 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. ft. home is a 4 bed, 2.0 bath property. The trail rarely has any standing water in this section which makes it a great go-to route after a Texas rain (If you have ever plodded along in the North Texas mud, you'll appreciate this!). Apparently, that landowner has had no problem with those of us who use the trail in the way it is intended. The NETT runs between Farmersville and New Boston traversing seven counties and nineteen towns with both rural and urban areas to … The wife and I rode from Wolfe City to Ladonia and back. You could likely average 10 MPH with a little effort. 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