More suited for lovers of gravel grinding and backpacking than mountain bikers.
Once completed The Northeast Texas Trail will be the 4th longest hike, bike, and equestrian trail in the United States. The NETT is a product of the growing rails-to-trails movement, and was first conceived in the late 1990’s when the Union Pacific and Chaparral railroads ceased active service and publicized their railroad corridors as available for rail banking through the Surface Transportation Board. In response, the Rails to Trails Conservancy, The Greater Paris Development Foundation, and Chaparral to Trails Inc applied for and became trail bank entities.
Over the years, several cities and towns along the trail took over responsibilities for the trail, and other cities were granted trail bank status on other segments of abandoned railway. In 2012, the Northeast Texas Trail Coalition formally became operational as a 501c(3) and was granted operational oversight for the NETT.
The main, southwestern trailhead is located in Farmersville. The Audie Murphy Trailhead is found at the corner of Hill and Main streets. Another, larger parking area is found at the J.W. Spain Sports Complex at 205 Murchison St in Farmersville. Day parking for trailers can be obtained at the sports complex. For a list of other trailheads and parking areas along the NETT, please see this page on the NETT website.
Lodging, food, and campsites are available along the way for those who would like to travel long segments. You should plan out your trip ahead of time.
See below for an interactive map of the NETT detailing trailheads, food, lodging, camping, parking, points of interest, and more.
The full trail runs from Farmersville all the way to New Boston. Not all sections of the trail are complete, and some sections may be under construction or repair at various times. A few segments of the trail are impassible or highly difficult to traverse when wet. It is highly-recommended you inquire on the NETT Facebook page about current conditions along the trail. [PDF Map]
Various bypasses exist along the trail. Check out the interactive map below for more details.
Plan Your Ride
This interactive map is best used in a new tab. Click the square icon in the top right corner to open in a new tab. From there you'll be able to turn on and off the various layers—such as food, lodging, points of interest, etc.—to better view the trail's path across Northeast Texas.
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