The Katy Trail

The Katy Trail

The Katy Trail

Address: 3535 Maple Ave. Dallas, TX 75219


What was once an abandoned railroad line is now one of the most iconic destinations in Dallas: the Katy Trail. The popular trail brings over one million visitors every year to enjoy beautiful scenery, well-maintained paths, and the splendor of the city. On top of being the premier destination for jogging, biking, skating, and walking in the city, the Katy Trail also hosts exciting events, including the annual Michelob Ultra Katy Trail 5K. Residents and visitors alike take advantage of the 30-acre park, as well as 125 acres of urban parkland connected by the pedestrian and bike trails.

The Katy Trail as most locals know it began in 2000, but the history of the Katy Trail stretches back nearly a hundred years to the age of railroads. Union Pacific Railroad built the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and established the network in 1865 as the Southern Branch. The route was also commonly called the K-T, and eventually the Katy. After the heyday of railroad, Union Pacific eventually donated the abandoned lines to the city of Dallas in 1993. The initial plan for the historic Katy rail line was to use it as part of the DART line; however, in the 1990s, a group of passionate individuals and local businesses proposed that the line be converted into the beautiful greenbelt you see today.

Weekends on the Katy Trail are packed. While we love seeing so many people come out and enjoy the Trail, it’s also imperative that everyone play by the rules to keep is safe for everyone. As a reminder:

KEEP TO THE RIGHT
ANNOUNCE ‘PASSING ON LEFT’
ALWAYS LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING OR CHANGING DIRECTIONS
WATCH SPEEDS ON BICYCLES AND KEEP A 3 FEET DISTANCE BETWEEN PEDESTRIANS AT ALL TIMES
USE HEADPHONES RESPONSIBLY
WATCH CHILDREN CAREFULLY
KEEP PETS ON A SHORT LEASH
WHEN POSSIBLE STAY ON THE CORRECT PATH – THE SOFT PATH IS MEANT FOR RUNNERS AND WALKERS AND THE HARD PATH IS MEANT FOR BIKERS AND BLADERS
WHEN IN A GROUP DON’T WALK MORE THAN 2 ABREAST
WATCH FOR TRAFFIC WHEN CROSSING STREETS AT HARVARD AND KNOX

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