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Hiking Dallas’ Unknown Forest – Trinity Forest Spine Trail

05/12/2015
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The Trinity Forest Spine Trail will feature 17.5 miles of hard-surface trail that runs from “the Audubon to the Arboretum.” Photos /The Trinity Trust Foundation 

Dallas is preparing to open a new world – a forested world – to residents in a way that has not been done before.

The Trinity Trust is charged with raising funds to complete the Trinity Forest Spine Trail, a 17.5-mile trail that winds through the Great Trinity Forest.

“From the Audubon to the Arboretum,” this hard-surfaced trail runs from I-20 in the southern sector and connects into the trails at White Rock Lake in the northern sector. The campaign price tag of $35 million includes construction, maintenance, and an educational component.

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“The forest has been a neglected natural asset for the City of Dallas, but to experience it is beyond belief,” said Mary McDermott Cook, Board President of The Trinity Trust. “This trail will get lots of people into the forest and they will respect it.”

The Trinity Forest Spine Trail will give access to trail use for biking, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of the largest urban bottomland hardwood forest in the United States. Not only will it connect neighborhoods and people to places not reachable by car, it will alleviate foot and bike traffic from White Rock Lake which boasts more than one million visitors per year.

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“The outdoor spirit is gaining momentum in Dallas and we plan to keep the excitement going,” said City Manager A.C. Gonzalez. “Accessibility is the heart and soul of any enterprise and connecting the Great Trinity Forest to White Rock Lake is the key to making Dallas truly green and a great, walkable city.”

Last fall, we saw a stepping stone in the creation of the longest singular trail in Dallas. The AT&T Trail, which is a centric part of the Trinity Forest Spine Trail, officially opened. The 4.3-mile trail wraps around the outer edges of the Texas Horse Park, future Trinity Forest Golf Course and the Trinity River Audubon Center.

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“Every time I take people to the trails inside the Trinity Forest, especially to the AT&T Trail, they get big smiles on their faces and immediately begin to plan their next trip,” said Craig Holcomb, Executive Director of the Trinity Commons Foundation. “Being inside a real forest with all its different types of vegetation is one of those truly green experiences we all want.”

The Trinity Trust is currently at work raising funds for this multi-million dollar project that will transform how people think of Dallas.

Neighbors in Oak Cliff and Kessler Park are watching the transformation of the Trinity River Corridor. To learn about living in Oak Cliff, visit: findyourperfectspot.com/oak-cliff.

President and CEO Robbie Briggs independently owns and operates Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty with seven offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, Uptown, Lakewood, Ranch and Land, The Ballpark and Southlake.

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