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Trinity Trail: Highland Park to Sycamore Loop

A long day hike on the 25+ mile Trinity Trail that visits the largest known sycamore tree in Texas.

Hiking Moderate

13 km
84 m
84 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
150 m
High Point
162 m
Trinity Trail: Highland Park to Sycamore Loop Map

Often confused with the Trinity Skyline Trail in downtown Dallas, the Trinity Trail is a 25+ mile trail along Lake Lavon enjoyed by hikers, runners, and equestrians. According to this source, the trail "offers a relaxing way to get close to nature without a long drive," and is a perfect day trip from Dallas if you're looking to avoid the crowds. Seen here, this northern segment of the trail wanders through woodlands, alongside creeks, and pays a visit to the largest known sycamore tree in Texas, according to the state forest service. Source


This hike forms a lollipop originating from the Highland Park Trailhead, just moments from FM 3286 before it crosses the lake via a bridge. Restrooms are available, but plan to bring plenty of water since there is none at the trailhead or along the trail. The trail is also quite remote, so plan to download the route to your phone or GPS device, should cell reception be limited.

Most of this hike wanders through woodlands on Army Core of Engineer lands, but also skirts the edge of a water treatment facility and other private lands. Be mindful of any No Trespassing signs and pay close attention to the trail to avoid getting lost. Certain sections of the trail can be slightly difficult to navigate due to lack of signage.

Designed with equestrians and hikers in mind, the trail continues south from the Highland Park should you want more miles or plan a point-to-hike utilizing two cars. Major access points include Brockdale Park, Collin Park, and East Fork Campground at the southernmost terminus. Information for camping at the East Fork can be found here, though camping on the trail itself is not allowed. Dogs are also allowed to utilize the trail, but must be kept under verbal or physical control at all times.




Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

all year round


  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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