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Chaparral Trail - Section 1, Farmersville to Merit

Easy/Intermediate
 3.5 (4)

Rails to trails conversion - long, straight, and pretty flat

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5.2

Miles

8.4

KM

Paved Path

689' 210 m

High

640' 195 m

Low

109' 33 m

Up

71' 22 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (0°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Be considerate of all on the trail and talk to horse riders... Horses can be shy and talking lets them know you are not a threat.
No motorized vehicles

Description

This trail is a former railroad bed. As such, it is long, flat, and pretty straight. However, there are a few trestle bridges along the route that are well planked and add a nostalgic flair. The trail rarely has any standing water in this section which makes it a great go-to route after a Texas rain (If you have ever ridden through the North Texas mud, you'll appreciate this!!!)

This section is paved with asphalt while in the city of Farmersville and later paved with concrete (10ft wide) for approximately 2.5 miles. Afterwards it turns to crushed granite which is hard packed. So, you get nearly the durability of concrete but the drainage of sandy soil. Also approximately every half mile on this segment, there are benches and trash cans. There are also 4 exercise stations spaced at half-mile increments.

Cedar, oak, and hickory line the trail and will provide some shade except at high noon in the summer. There is NO WATER anywhere along the trail, however there are tasty treats not far where it crosses through the towns. As typical with railroad right of ways, the trail abuts farms, ranches, and private residences.

Traffic is light, but the trail is used and you'll most likely encounter someone at any time of day throughout the year.

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Benches for breaks.
Nov 11, 2019 near Farmers…, TX

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May 19, 2019
Jeff Tyson
Jan 1, 2019
Bryan White
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