Trinity Trail Preservation Association

Trinity Trail on Lavon Lake for horseback riding and hiking

St Patrick’s Day Ride and Dice Run – RESCHEDULED due to weather!

New Date: Saturday May 18, 2024 – 10 AM

Highland Park Trail head, Lucas Texas

Come have fun and raise money for TTPA at the Dice Run.

Bring $10 to play and we’ll match you up with compatible riders in groups of 4 or 5 to head out on the trail.

Everyone will each get 5 rolls of the dice to try to get the highest score, one at the start, 3 on the trail and the last one at the trailhead at the end. Bring your cellphone or paper and pen to take with you on the trail to record your scores.

Prizes for the highest score in each group, the highest score overall and for “snake eyes”.

We will also provide decorations for you and your horse to get in the spirit of St Patrick’s day!

Hope to see everyone on 18 May at 10 am at the Highland Park Trail head in Lucas! Bring a dish to share!

Extreme Caution at White Rock Creek crossing

March 12 – We’ve had a report of dangerously soft sand (as in quicksand soft) at the ends of the gravel bar at the low water crossing. Stay within the low water crossing path, do not enter the deeper water to either side, and do not explore the ends of the gravel bar.

Corps and NTMWD Activity – Caution

March 1 – The Corps is clearing the boundary line with large machines. We’ve seen this before north of Highland Park, so approach with caution when you hear the machinery grinding down the trees and underbrush on the Corps boundary line. Currently they have cleared north from the NTMWD water intake area to Collin Park. Next week (March 4), they’ll move on to clear from Brockdale Park north to Ford Lane. This affects Brockdale to Lakeview Downs and then Highland Park north to Ford Lane (where the donkeys are).

March 1 – NTMWD has cleared a 40ft wide swath on the west side of the Sycamore loop to extend the pipeline corridor another 1/4 mile south. Our trail skirts the cleared swath, keep an eye out for our direction stakes. They will continue next week to clear the remainder of the pipeline right-of-way until they reach the back side of the treatment plant. No digging is planned at this time. We shall monitor and re-establish our trail path once they are done.

Upcoming TTPA events

St Patrick’s Day Ride
Saturday March 16 (POSTPONED = See above)
10 AM, Highland Park trailhead

St. Patrick’s Day trail ride and horse decorating. We will provide the supplies necessary to decorate your horse in green and trail ride after.
Bring a dish to share. For more information go to http://www.trinitytrailriders.org/02/st-patricks-day-ride-and-dice-run-16-mar-2024/

All trailheads are OPEN, but – …

March 1, 2024 – Here’s the latest –
All the trails are in surprisingly good shape, with some muddy spots where water is running over the trail.
– East Fork North to 2.5 miles south of Brockdale – good shape, mowed all the way to Inspiration
– Brockdale South – CLOSED 1/2 mile south, really really bad silting from Inspiration and a major culvert is washed out further south and another drainage crossing has eroded into a deep trench
– Brockdale North to Lucas Rd – good shape. Mowed.
– Highland Park South to White Rock Creek – Clear, mowed as far as Snider Lane, unmowed from White Rock Creek to Lakeview Downs. Newest re-route segment is finally open (see pictures on FaceBook). The major drainage crossing behind Snider Lane is finally open with a pair of culverts installed.
– White Rock Creek to Lucas Rd – Clear, 90% mowed
– Highland Park North – Clear, but unmowed
– Sycamore Loop – Clear, footing is firm. The new pipeline corridor has been smoothed, and has been seeded. The trail has been mowed/dragged. Horses should NOT use the hiker’s low water crossing blocks on the west side of the Loop.

Do Not Park on Rolling Meadows or side roads in St Paul

Parking horse trailers on Rolling Meadows Rd (which leads to the Collin Park picnic tables) or any of its side roads creates a safety and access hazard for the residents there.

Riders along Trinity Trail

Riders along Trinity Trail

The Trinity Trail Preservation Association (TTPA) was established in 1996 as a non-profit all-volunteer trail preservation organization.

Our main purpose is to maintain the 25.5 mile long trail on Corps of Engineers land on Lavon Lake and encourage hikers, joggers, nature lovers, photographers, and trail riders to use the scenic trail.

This multi-purpose trail offers a relaxing way to get close to nature without a long drive. On a weekend day you’ll find scout troops, nature lovers, horse back riders and families out for the day enjoying the trail. No wheeled vehicles or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail.

Active Organization

In addition to maintaining the 25.5 mile long trail, the TTPA holds trail rides, cookouts, work days, educational events and fund-raising activities. The organization also works with area environmental groups, schools, scout troops and individuals to educate the public about parks, trails and recreational facilities in the north Texas area.

Membership

Trail rider

TTPA member on Trail

The TTPA is a grass roots organization that combines fellowship with a love of the outdoors and horses. Our members come from all over the North Texas region.

If you like to trail ride, hike, or take photographs of nature, the TTPA has a lot to offer you. please consider joining. Information on membership and a printable application are located at our How To Join Page.

Regular membership in the TTPA is only $35 a year per family. We are a 501(c)(3) so membership is a tax deduction. Membership in TTPA allows you to purchase a discounted CareFlite membership for your entire household.

The TTPA also offers Business Sponsorship Level Memberships that range from $100-$300 a year. In April, 2011 there were approximately 270 members of the TTPA.

School Participates in Lake Clean Up

Local School Participates in Lake Clean Up

TTPA Online

The TTPA has multiple ways to interact online. There is the main Trinity Trail Preservation Association’s website, plus for late breaking information or news updates, the TTPA has a TTPA blog, an active Yahoo Group, a TTPA Facebook page and a TTPA Twitter profile.

Gallery Snippets
Charlie visiting with friends Lunch time Cooling off in the shade Steve and Debbie ride in for lunch Tracy Matern on the trail Out on the trail
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