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Posted on Monday, January 15 @ 18:22:30 MST by iljiana
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
4000 Observation Drive
Ennis, TX 75119-1339
Phone: (972) 875-5711
CREEK PARK at
Ellis County, Texas only 30 minutes south of Dallas off I-45.
GPS coordinates: N32º17.773' & W096º41.794'
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 lead by Kathy Duke. Trail construction continues and
should be completed in 2006.
The trail is on a
two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie
at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie
is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell
on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis.
are over 26 miles of trails for horseback riding, bicycling, or hiking.
The trailhead is located near the northernmost 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.
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.
Parks and Wildlife
Department (TPWD) awarded the Bardwell Trail Project a grant in 2003, which has
help with the cost of trail head improvements and trail extensions over the
past three years. As we complete the construction phase and moneys provided
through TPWD Trail Grant we will be looking to our community and the trail
users for assistance in the on going upkeep and operation of The Bardwell
If you are
interested in Making a Difference and leaving a legacy of service please
contact Park Ranger Dorie Nicholson via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 972-875-5711. You can also
join us for one of our monthly trail workdays and potluck suppers. We meet at
8am on the 3rd Saturday of each month at the trail head in Waxahachie Creek Park.
All volunteers should bring plenty of water and a snack. We usually work until
1pm and then regroup for supper, bring something to grill for your self and a
side dish to share. Trail work is outdoors and physical but the intrinsic
rewards are tremendous. Large groups should register in advance but all are
welcome to join us.
We also need monetary donations to keep this project operating. If
you would like to make a donation, please mail checks or money orders to:
TETRA/Bardwell Trail Project
605 West Ennis Avenue
Ennis, Texas 75119
For more information: http://swf67.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/bardwell/main.htm