U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Fort Worth District
819 Taylor Street
P.O. Box 17300
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Located in Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake, Ellis County, Texas only 30 minutes south of Dallas off I-45.
The 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.
The trail is on a two thousand acre tract of land at the north end of Waxahachie Creek Park at Bardwell Lake. Waxahachie Creek Park is 7/10 of a mile west of the Bardwell Lake Bridge on Highway 34 east of Bardwell and west of Ennis.
GPS coordinates: N32º17.773' & W096º41.794'
Currently, there are over 13 miles of trails for horseback riding, bicycling, or hiking providing a possible round trip ride of 26 Miles. 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.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) awarded the Bardwell Trail Project a grant in 2003, which helped with the cost of trail head improvements and trail extensions in the past. We will be looking to our community and the trail users for assistance in the on going upkeep and operation of The Bardwell Multi-use trails.
Bardwell Multiuse Trail Map
All maps are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat reader, you may download it here.
This site last updated on
July 26, 2012