Bardwell Lake Equestrian and Multiuse Trail

Waxahachie Creek Park, Bardwell Lake, Ellis County, Texas only 30 minutes south of Dallas off I-45.

GPS coordinates:  N32º17.773' & W096º41.794'

The Bardwell Lake Equestrian and multiuse trail was opened to the public on September 20, 2003, culminating a year of planning and hard work by a team of dedicated volunteers. 

The trail is on a two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie Creek Park is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell Lake Bridge on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis.

Currently, there are over 13 miles of trails for horseback riding, bicycling, or hiking providing a possible round trip ride of 26 Miles.  The trailhead is located near the northern most boat ramp at Waxahachie Creek Park. The system features one broad flat main trail traversing the area with numerous loops into the surrounding upland wooded thickets, meadows, croplands, and bottomland hardwood forest along Waxahachie Creek.  These trails are designated with color coded signs and international symbols.  One unique feature is a white arrow prominently displayed that marks the return trail for new users who might become disoriented.  Trail head features include: informational bulletin board; a secure trailer length parking lot with hitching posts; Equestrian campsites with 30amp electrical service, water hook ups, and horse barn with 2 designated stalls per site; and trail maps available at the gate house.  Additional improvements such as picnic tables along the trail and additional barn stalls that will be available on a first come first serve basis are planned.

Local Boy Scouts Taking a Hike

TRAIL USERS BE ADVISED THAT THE TRAIL IS LOCATED WITHIN A HUNTING AREA;  HUNTERS ARE ALLOWED TO UTILIZE THE AREA FOR HUNTING GAME FROM  September 01 to  March 31 AS PUBLISHED IN THE TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE OUTDOOR ANNUAL.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) awarded the Bardwell Trail Project a grant in 2003, which helped with the cost of trail head improvements and trail extensions in the past. We will be looking to our community and the trail users for assistance in the on going upkeep and operation of The Bardwell Multiuse Trail.

If you are interested in Making a Difference and leaving a legacy of service please contact Park Ranger Jeremy Spencer via email: jeremy.a.spencer@usace.army.mil or by telephone: 972-875-5711. Trail work is outdoors and physical but the intrinsic rewards are tremendous.

 

Tonkawa Trail at Bardwell Lake

Tonkawa Trail- Almost a mile in length, Tonkawa Trail provides easy access to the various components of Buffalo Creek Wetland. It is named for a tribe of native Americans that inhabited this part of Texas many years ago. A four to six inch layer of crushed granite provides a firm, all-weather, universally accessible surface for persons to see many of the plants and animals that were so essential to the native Americans, pioneers and early settlers that previously occupied the region. Plenty of parking space is provided near the trail entrance on the north side of Bardwell Dam Road very near the east bank of Waxahachie Creek. Four observation shelters, strategically placed along the trail, provide an excellent opportunity to observe or photograph some of the plants and/or animals that live at Buffalo Creek Wetland or they may simply serve as a nice shady place to sit, relax and rest before finishing the hike.

Tonkawa Trail Map

All maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here.

Waxahachie Trail at Bardwell Lake

Waxahachie Trail- A dense upper canopy of bottomland hardwood trees covers most of the journey along the short nature trail in Waxahachie Creek Park, with a small segment skirting the edge of an adjacent open range site. The three tiers or layers of forest vegetation are easily observed in this relatively undisturbed bottomland hardwood forest and local schools have used the trail extensively to illustrate the function and benefits of this type of ecosystem. Many species of native plants and animals may be viewed while walking quietly along the trail. The trail entrance is conveniently located near the picnic area for persons wanting to go for a relaxing walk after enjoying a meal at Waxahachie Creek Park.

 

 

 

 

 

This site last updated on October 26, 2016