Trail Location

2525 Castle Dr Garland, TX 75040
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Rowlett Creek Preserve



Email us at:   [email protected]

Trail Steward

Jack Sparkes

Assistant Trail Stewards
Wayne Zabcik, and David Connell

Trail Head Location

2525 Castle Dr, Garland TX 75040 - This is off of Centerville Rd [east side], 0.5 mile north of SH66 and 0.5 mile south of Firewheel Pkwy

Directions
From LBJ Fwy [I-635] exit at Centerville Rd about 4 miles north. RCP trail head will be east side of Centerville on Castle Dr. From President George Bush Turnpike [aka SH190 toll road] exit Firewheel Parkway, south onto Firewheel Pkwy, go SSE about 2.5 miles, Centerville Rd turn south [right] the trail head and parking lot will be left on Castle Dr straight into parking lot. Kiosk/bulletin board at the trailhead- trail start.

Trail Type: Beginner to intermediate skill level trail.
Single Track – Stacked Loop System - Loops numbered in chronological order.
 

Distance: 16.3 miles

Land Manager: City of Garland Parks And Recreation Department [aka PARD]

Hours: 6AM – 12 Midnight

Description
Trail is currently over 16 miles long, it is built on a staked loop system a trail user can choose various loop combinations to obtain distances that vary from 1 to 16 miles. The trail is currently comprised of 14 connected loops; Loops 1, and 7 through 14 are north of the parking lot and 2 through 6 are on the south side.  These loops are numbered in the manner in which they were built so for those first time riders, the layout may not seem to be intuitive thus it’s a good idea to either follow someone that knows the trail system or use Trailforks or MTB Project app.  The direction of travel for all loops is CLOCKWISE for Bikers and it is suggested for all others [i.e. Runners, Hikers, etc] to go in a COUNTERCLOCKWISE direction.  About half of the trail mileage is in the trees with some areas that are tight and twisty.  The rest is out in open with some fast, straight field sections.  Most of the trail is flat with only a few relatively short climbs.  There are a number of areas of the trail that come close to an edge mainly along one of the three creeks that pass through the RCP greenbelt.  In general as the Loop ID number increases so does the skill level required to negotiate it.  The trail maps are marked in ski area fashion with green, blue and black skill levels [i.e. easier, more difficult, and most difficult respectively].  This is a multi-use trail so please be considerate of all other trail users.

Nearest City: Garland

Nearest Hospital
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lake Pointe – 6800 Scenic Drive, Rowlett TX 75088 Phone 972-412-2273    Located approximately 6.4 miles south east of RCP Trail Head


Posted Park Use Rules
• PARK USE HOURS – 6:00 AM UNTIL MIDNIGHT

• VEHICLES RESTRICTED TO DESIGNATED PARKING LOTS & PARK ROADS

• OVERNIGHT CAMPING IS PROHIBITED

• LITTERING IS PROHIBITED

• POSSESSION OF AN ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE IN OPEN CONTAINER IS PROHIBITED

• DESTRUCTION OF PLANTS OR PROPERTY IS PROHIBITED

• GOLFING IS PROHIBITED

• DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH AND UNDER OWNER'S CONTROL

Facilities
• Gazebo and 2 Picnic areas with 1 Charcoal Grill

• 1 Potable Water Faucet Bib (at east end of parking lot)

• Paved Parking Lot with 130 spaces

- DERO Fixit Bike Stand (at west end of parking lot)

• Covered Porta-potty

• Gas/Food within 0.5 mile

Trail Maps
The RCP trail maps [GPS track overlaid on aerial photo and NTS sketch] can be found at the following link:  https://dorba.clubexpress.com/content.aspx?page_id=2155&club_id=600794&item_id=753633

Trail History
The Rowlett Creek Preserve trail was created as a result of Earl Hammond [RCP’s first TS] obtaining permission for his proposal to build a mountain bike trail system of up to five [5] miles in length from the city of Garland’s Parks And Recreation Department in 1994.  The first 1.5 miles of trail [loop 1] was opened in June of 1995 on National Trail Day.  Within less than two years Loops 1 through 7, a total of 10 miles, were constructed.  Since then It has increased to over 16 miles for Loops 1 through 14, with additional loops planned for the future.  In 1912 theEast Texas Traction Company started a rail line to run between Garland and Greenville. In 1917 the project was stopped and the rails and equipment salvaged.  The rail line was to go through the middle of the RCP greenbelt area back then and evidence of this old construction project can still be seenon Loops 7 [the ridge in volcano drop area] and 1A [wooden pilings just before the whoop-te-do].

Trail News
July/August/September2017 - The third phase of sewerline construction [from power pole #15 to #21 [loops1 thru 4] has been completed and all material and equjipment have been removed.  However expect to see them out here again next summer for the fourth phase of this work project.

16Sep2017 - The farmer is currently out haying the open fields from loop4 thru loop12.

Feb2018 - Baylor Hospital in Garland, TX CLOSED, so now nearest hospital is Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Lake Point, Rowlett, TX

For your own SAFETY...Please steer clear of ALL construction materials, equipment, and personel.  Thank you 

 

Location

Trailhead
United States

32° 55' 12.3168" N96° 35' 44.0628" W

Please note that, per the city, ebikes are considered motorized vehicles and are not allowed on the trail.