Colony Shoreline Trail - Hiking

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Summary

The Colony Shoreline Trail is well-graveled and dotted with benches, trash cans, pet stations, and informational signs. Leash up your dog, hike out to a bench, and watch the sunset (or rise for the early birds) over Lewisville Lake. Walk along the water’s edge for 3.5 miles while enjoying the plants and wildlife.

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Katie Fisher

Distance

3.5 miles

The main section of the trail is 3.5 miles one direction.

Destination Distance From Downtown

20.9 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

The trail is flat, well graveled and wide.

Time To Complete

2 hours

The route goes for 3.5 miles one direction. Following the path as an out and back measures close to 7 miles. The middle section contains a half mile loop option.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Excellent for year-round use. It does sit in the floodplain, however. High lake waters would likely submerge sections of the trail.

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Fees Permits

No

Review

Intro

Leash up your dog, hike out to a bench, and watch the sunset (or rise for the early birds) over Lewisville Lake. The Colony Shoreline Trail runs along the water’s edge for 3.5 miles and weaves through a protected area of the Blackland Prairie ecoregion which supports fox, white-tailed deer, and hawks. Bring a pair of binoculars and enjoy an afternoon of bird watching.

What Makes It Great

The Colony Shoreline Trail provides a well-graveled path dotted with benches, trash cans, pet stations, and informational signs. The rain makes the path quite soggy, yet still worth the hike if you don’t mind getting covered in light brown mud. Concrete culverts stabilize the drainage paths from the urban runoff. The trail borders quiet residential neighborhoods. Though the trail is open until 10pm hiking alone at night is not suggested. The route goes for 3.5 miles one direction and has distance markers all along. Following the path as an out and back measures close to 7 miles. The middle section contains a half mile loop option.

Besides the gravel trail and concrete culverts, the rest of the habitat represents the central Texas eco-region known as Blackland Prairie. Many of the informational signs along the way guide visitors in understanding and recognizing the plant life, trees, and animals of the region. If you hike the area in the fall you will see the bright green osage oranges surrounding the trunks of trees. In the green spring foliage, wildflowers spot the prairie section of this protected land.

A shorter portion of tree covered trail located in the Stewart Creek Park sits to the north of the main route.

Who is Going to Love It

This gravel trail has little elevation change making it perfect for those looking for a flat place to hike. Families with strollers will do well on this wide trail and could start by using the well-kept playground at Ridgepointe Park. Eleven benches dot the area and provide great spots to bird watch. Area commuters who would rather spend some time on a trail than sit in traffic could stop by. The trail sits in-between IH 35E, Sam Rayburn Tollway, and the Dallas North Tollway.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Ridgepointe Park on the south end of the trail has ample parking in a safe neighborhood. The playground there also has a porta-potty, though not the cleanest and likely out of toilet paper. Check out the trail map. The Colony Shoreline Trail remains open from 6:30am to 10:00pm. From the Sam Rayburn Tollway to Ridgepointe Park is 1 mile. Take the exit for FM 423/Main St/Josey Ln and head north. Turn left onto Friendship Lane then right onto Sarasota Drive. Look to the right for the playground, parking, and trailhead.

Location

Colony Shoreline Trail

33.076965, -96.896893

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