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 » a premier North Texas destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the hustle of city life for a little while. It offers a natural environment totally different from the other 8 parks that make up the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex.
Whether you visit the Greenbelt Corridor for a few hours or a few days you'll surely find a scene that will rejuvenate, inspire and surprise you. Twenty miles of adventure and discovery are waiting by horseback.
Discover the beauty that Ray Roberts Lake State Park has to offer, from secluded woodlands along the Elm Fork to the solitude of the remote areas on the Jordon Park Equestrian Trail. The Equestrian trails are great for day rides. Want to spend more time on horseback. Ray Robert's Lake State Park horse camps and equestrian-friendly parks offer top-notch riding. With the 4 guides, you'll know where to stay, where to ride, and what to expect.
This is Guide 3 of 4. It covers the 12 mile Greenbelt Corridor from Ray Roberts Lake to Lake Lewisville. This is part of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The Greenbelt includes a 12 mile equestrian trail and a separate 10 mile trail for hike and bike use which begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville.
This Guide includes the points of interest on the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River, which runs through the Greenbelt. If you enjoy Kayaking, Canoeing, and Fishing - the Elm Fork is a great destination just 30 miles north of Dallas.
This unique trail corridor meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, canoeists, birdwatchers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can access the trails and river at one of three trail heads, located at FM 455, FM 428 and US 380. Canoe and kayak rentals are available by calling Greenbelt Canoe Rentals (817/228-9496).
The Greenbelt is a totally different environment from the rest of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. It is a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor area.
Guide #1 contains an introduction to Ray Roberts Lake State Park and the Interpretive Center. It includes a walking tour of the Lost Pines Nature Trail with identification of native trees and plants.
Guide #2, covers details for Isle du Bois Unit, including 5 Campgrounds with 178 campsites, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Walking/Hiking Trails, Equestrian Trails, Birdwatching, and the Isle du Bois Dorba Mountain Bike Trails. It also includes the Ray Roberts satellite parks of Sanger, Buck Creek, Pond Creek boat launch, the Lake Ray Roberts Marina, and the Culp Branch Native Prairie area.
Guide #4 is an overview of the final unit, Johnson Branch State Park, which is across the lake north and west of Isle du Bois. It includes a variety of Campgrounds, Boating, Fishing, Walking/Hiking Trails, and Equestrian Trails.
Guide #5 covers the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (Dorba) Mountain Bike Trails at Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch.
Most of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in northern Denton County. The Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex consists of two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks (Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork), Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the 20 mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor.
One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors in Texas is on horseback. You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the fun of trail rides and old-fashioned cookouts. At Ray Roberts, riders can take their equine companions camping with them with special horse-friendly campgrounds at Bluestem Grove and lots of trails. Horseback riders can start their ride at the Greenbelts southern entrance off US 380 (University Drive), or at FM 428, FM 455, Isle du Bois Unit, or at the north end in Jordan Park. The Equestrian trail is over 20 miles long from US 380 to Jordan Park and continues all the way around the east side of Lake Ray Roberts, through Isle du Bois, and on to Jordan Park, near Pilot Point.
Canoeists and kayakers can take advantage of the Greenbelt's 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.
No License Needed - Did you know that no one needs a fishing license or stamp to fish inside the boundaries of a Texas State Park? Regardless of age, or where you’re from, the Free Fishing in State Parks makes it possible to fish anytime you like, once you’ve entered the park, no license required. Plus, you can even learn fishing with your kids.
Whatever you enjoy, Bird watching, water sports, riding horses, camping or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone.
These guides have been developed in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife by Texas Master Naturalists - Elm Fork Chapter, Denton, Texas.
Note - The Hiking/Biking Trail is open, but the Equestrian Trail from FM 455 to US 380 is currently closed to repair bridges and erosion along the trail.
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