Pilot Knoll Hiking and Equestrian Trail
Length: Approximately 8 miles
Users: Hiking and equestrian
Description: The Pilot Knoll Equestrian Trail is located adjacent to Pilot Knoll Campground and is available to equestrian users and hiking. It is divided into several smaller sub-trails. Although it is located on Corps of Engineers property, it is maintained by the Town of Copper Canyon through an easement with the Corps. The terrain is slightly rolling with several water crossings. Bishop Lane trailhead provides horse trailer parking and Pilot Knoll Park has limited parking outside the main gate for vehicles. There is also walk-in access off of Chinn Chapel Road.
To Pilot Knoll Park: From I-35E, take the FM 407/Justin Rd. exit and head west. Turn right onto Chinn Chapel Rd. Chin Chapel ends at Orchid Hill Rd. Turn right on Orchid Hill Rd. Road ends at Pilot Knoll Park.
To Bishop Lane trialhead: From I-35E, take the FM 407/Justin Rd. exit and head west. Turn right onto Chinn Chapel Rd. Chin Chapel ends at Orchid Hill Rd. Turn right on Orchid Hill Rd. Turn left on Bishop Lane. Road ends at trailhead.
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Elm Fork Hiking and Equestrian Trail
Length: Approximately 6 miles (2 miles currently open to horses)
Description: Through the cooperative efforts of the Town of Copper Canyon, the City of Corinth, the Town of Hickory Creek, and the Corps of Engineers, this new trail connects to the the Pilot Knoll Trail and will eventually end
at Sycamore Bend Park. Currently, hikers can access the trail from the parking lot at the historic Old Alton Bridge. Horses gain access from the Pilot Knoll Trail. The trail is still a work in progress; horses are required to stop after two miles until further trail improvements are made, but the entire 6 miles of trail is open to hikers.
To Old Alton Bridge: From I-35E, take the Swisher Road exit and head west. Turn left onto Old Alton Road. The park will be approximately 100 yards down the Old Alton Road on the left.
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Ray Roberts Greenbelt
Length: Approximately 12 miles
Users: Hiking, equestrian and biking (horses and bikers are on separate trails).
Description: The Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor is multi-use trail system that begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, canoeists, birdwatchers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can access the trail at one of three trailheads, located at FM 455, FM 428 and Hwy. 380. The trail is located on Corps property and maintained by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Driving Directions: The southern trailhead for the Greenbelt can be accessed off of Hwy. 380 east of the City of Denton.
Map:Greenbelt Corridor Map.
Links for more information on the Greenbelt:
Texas Parks and Wildlife-Ray Roberts State Park