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Greenbelt Corridor in Ray Roberts Lake State Park

Kayak on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Explore the beauty of the Greenbelt on walking, biking, and equestrian trail
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 38.6 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  There is so much to see and do at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, it is impossible to include everything in one guide.

The Greenbelt is... more »

Tips:  Did you forget something? There is a park store in IDB and Johnson Branch that carries the essentials and offers boat rentals as well.
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Points of Interest

1. Greenbelt Corridor Trailhead at US 380

The Greenbelt Corridor has kayaking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching, walking/hiking/ biking trails, and equestrian trails. No motorized vehicles.

The hard surface trail is for hike and bike use and equestrians may use the construction haul roads. No motorized vehicles are allowed. Hiking is permitted on the equestrian trail, but... More

2. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail & Trail Etiquette

Horseback riders can start their ride at five differnt locations along the trail: US 380, FM 428, FM 455, Isle du Bois Unit, or Jordan Park. The Equestrian trail starts at US 380 proceeding north allong the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. When you leave the Greenbelt, the trail continues along the east side of Lake Ray Roberts, through the state... More

3. Kayak Launch at US 380

The Elm Fork of the Trinity River is a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There is no better way to see and truly experience the Greenbelt Corridor than by paddle power. Start at FM 455 to float down the 12 miles of water trails and calm waters.
Start here if you want to paddle upstream.

The Greenbelt affords those that like to canoe and... More

4. Greenbelt Corridor Hike and Bike Trail

The Greenbelt Corridor Trail is a crushed limestone trail–about 10-15′wide–running north and south from US 380, to FM 428 at the midpoint to FM 455 at the furthest north point at the base of the Ray Roberts dam, just west of Isle du Bois Unit. There are 6.5 miles from US 380 to FM 428, and 4.5 miles from FM 428 to FM 455, for a total of 11 miles.
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5. Restrooms

6. Train Trestle on the Hike & Bike Trail

7. Tain Trestle on the Elm Fork Equestrian Trail

8. Canoeing

Discover the beauty in the secluded woodlands along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. If you are quiet, you should see a wide variety animals, birds, and waterfowl that make this area their home.

9. Cement Bridge

One of two cement bridges that span wet weather creeks at the south end of the Greenbelt Corridor.

10. Cement Bridge & Dry Creek Bed

One of two cement bridges that span wet weather creeks at the south end of the Greenbelt Corridor.

11. Trail Junction

The Hike & Bike and Elm Fork Equestrian Trails converge at the FM 428 access point. On the 6.5 miles of the southern portion of the trail, all users are on the east side of the river.

The Hike & Bike Trail is crushed limestone.

12. FM 428 Access

FM 428 Access has parking, restrooms, kayak launch and Information Kiosk.

13. Restrooms & Parking

The parking area has space for equestrian trailers and kayak trailers.

14. Kayak Launch at FM 428 Access

Canoeists and kayakers are able to take advantage of the three access points located at FM 455 (just below the Lake Ray Roberts dam), FM 428, and US 380 for put-in and take-out points.

The Elm Fork is a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There is no better way to see and truly experience the Greenbelt Corridor than by paddle power. With 12... More

15. Hike & Bike and Elm Fork Equestrian Trails

The two trails converge at the FM 428 access point.

Going north, the trail joins the Elm Fork River and splits into two trails, with the hard surface Hike & Bike Trail, snaking along the river’s west side and the Elm Fork Equestrian Trail along the east.

On the 6.5 miles of the southern portion of the trail, all users are on the east... More

16. Old Steel Bridge

Old highway steel bridge built in the early 1950's that spans the Elm Fork beside the current FM 428 bridge. This old bridge is used for pedestrians and bikers only.

17. Sunset on the Greenbelt Corridor

18. Old McKinney Road Bridge

Original old Mckinney Road steel frame bridge spanning the Elm Fork river, built in 1920's or earlier. Wooden flooring is almost all rotted away with just a few remaining boards hanging on. Original bridge floor was about 20 feet above the river. Climbing on bridge is prohibited.

This bridge was reportedly used by Bonnie and Clyde as a route of... More

19. Confluence

The confluence is the joining of the old Elm Fork River with the dredged channel from the spillway of the dam.

20. Cement Pedestrian Bridge

The bridge is over the dredged channel that comes from the spillway of the dam. It is for the Hike & Bike Trail.

21. Kayak launch site for old Elm Fork River at FM 455

Canoeists and kayakers are able to take advantage of the three access points located at FM 455 (just below the Lake Ray Roberts dam), FM 428, and US 380 for put-in and take-out points.

This should be your starting point if you want to float down the river for 10 miles to US 380.

Want a short float? Use the FM 428 put-in and float 6.5 miles down... More

22. Restrooms & Parking at the Spillway

23. Elm Fork Equestrian Trail Continues

Here at the head of the original Elm Fork riverbed the trail turns sharply to the east and follows the FM 455 entrance road to the Greenbelt Corridor. The trail winds a little over a mile and crosses under FM 455. Then it continues to the Isle du Bois Unit on the south shore of Ray Roberts Lake. It joins the Jordan Park Trail at Bluestem Grove ... More

24. FM 455 Equestrian Tunnel

25. Greenbelt Corridor Entrance at FM 455

The Elm Fork of the Trinity River is a great place for canoeing and kayaking. There is no better way to see and truly experience the Greenbelt Corridor than by paddle power. Start here and float down the 12 miles of water trails and calm waters. The Greenbelt affords those that like to canoe and kayak an opportunity to see some of the most... More