There is so much to see and do at Ray Roberts Lake State Park, it is impossible to include everything in one guide.
The Greenbelt is a premier North Texas destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to escape the hustle of city life for a little while. It offers a natural environment totally different from the other 8 parks that make up the Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex.
Whether you visit the Greenbelt Corridor for a few hours or a few days you'll surely find a scene that will rejuvenate, inspire and surprise you. Twenty miles of adventure and discovery are waiting by horseback.
Discover the beauty that Ray Roberts Lake State Park has to offer, from secluded woodlands along the Elm Fork to the solitude of the remote areas on the Jordon Park Equestrian Trail. The Equestrian trails are great for day rides. Want to spend more time on horseback. Ray Robert's Lake State Park horse camps and equestrian-friendly parks offer top-notch riding. With the 4 guides, you'll know where to stay, where to ride, and what to expect.
This is Guide 3 of 4. It covers the 12 mile Greenbelt Corridor from Ray Roberts Lake to Lake Lewisville. This is part of the Ray Roberts Lake State Park. The Greenbelt includes a 12 mile equestrian trail and a separate 10 mile trail for hike and bike use which begins at the Ray Roberts Dam and ends at the headwaters of Lake Lewisville.
This Guide includes the points of interest on the Elm Fork Branch of the Trinity River, which runs through the Greenbelt. If you enjoy Kayaking, Canoeing, and Fishing - the Elm Fork is a great destination just 30 miles north of Dallas.
This unique trail corridor meanders along the heavily wooded banks of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Equestrians, hikers, bikers, canoeists, birdwatchers, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts can access the trails and river at one of three trail heads, located at FM 455, FM 428 and US 380. Canoe and kayak rentals are available by calling Greenbelt Canoe Rentals (817/228-9496).
The Greenbelt is a totally different environment from the rest of Ray Roberts Lake State Park. It is a 1,500-acre wilderness corridor area.
Guide #1 contains an introduction to Ray Roberts Lake State Park and the Interpretive Center. It includes a walking tour of the Lost Pines Nature Trail with identification of native trees and plants.
Guide #2, covers details for Isle du Bois Unit, including 5 Campgrounds with 178 campsites, Boating, Fishing, Swimming, Walking/Hiking Trails, Equestrian Trails, Birdwatching, and the Isle du Bois Dorba Mountain Bike Trails. It also includes the Ray Roberts satellite parks of Sanger, Buck Creek, Pond Creek boat launch, the Lake Ray Roberts Marina, and the Culp Branch Native Prairie area.
Guide #4 is an overview of the final unit, Johnson Branch State Park, which is across the lake north and west of Isle du Bois. It includes a variety of Campgrounds, Boating, Fishing, Walking/Hiking Trails, and Equestrian Trails.
Guide #5 covers the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association (Dorba) Mountain Bike Trails at Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch.
Most of Ray Roberts Lake State Park is located in northern Denton County. The Ray Roberts Lake State Park Complex consists of two state park units (Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch), six satellite parks (Jordan Unit, Pond Creek, Pecan Creek, Buck Creek, Sanger, and Elm Fork), Wildlife Management Areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the 20 mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor.
One of the best ways to experience the great outdoors in Texas is on horseback. You don’t have to be a cowboy to enjoy the fun of trail rides and old-fashioned cookouts. At Ray Roberts, riders can take their equine companions camping with them with special horse-friendly campgrounds at Bluestem Grove and lots of trails. Horseback riders can start their ride at the Greenbelts southern entrance off US 380 (University Drive), or at FM 428, FM 455, Isle du Bois Unit, or at the north end in Jordan Park. The Equestrian trail is over 20 miles long from US 380 to Jordan Park and continues all the way around the east side of Lake Ray Roberts, through Isle du Bois, and on to Jordan Park, near Pilot Point.
Canoeists and kayakers can take advantage of the Greenbelt's three access points located at FM 455 (just below the Lake Ray Roberts dam), FM 428, and US 380 for put-in and take-out points.
No License Needed - Did you know that no one needs a fishing license or stamp to fish inside the boundaries of a Texas State Park? Regardless of age, or where you’re from, the Free Fishing in State Parks makes it possible to fish anytime you like, once you’ve entered the park, no license required. Plus, you can even learn fishing with your kids.
Whatever you enjoy, Bird watching, water sports, riding horses, camping or backpacking along a scenic trail, Ray Roberts has something for everyone.
These guides have been developed in cooperation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife by Texas Master Naturalists - Elm Fork Chapter, Denton, Texas.
Note - The Hiking/Biking Trail is open, but the Equestrian Trail from FM 455 to US 380 is currently closed to repair bridges and erosion along the trail.
Did you forget something? There is a park store in IDB and Johnson Branch that carries the essentials and offers boat rentals as well.
Wireless WiFi service is available at the Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch visitor centers.
This is the third guide in a group of 4 covering Ray Roberts Lake State Park. All of the parks are managed by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
Great for the Family! - Texas Master Naturalists maintain an Interpretive Center with numerous displays about the wildlife and plants in North Texas. The Interpretive Center is across the parking lot from the Visitors Center at the Isle du Bois entrance.
Campfire programs are offered at Isle du Bois and Johnson Branch. Check at the Visitor Center for a schedule.
Stay on established trails -- If you do get lost, remember that you are using a trail guide and your smartphone, so you have a GPS to help you navigate back to the trail.
Poison Ivy lurks near the edges of the trails.
What to bring:
This Trail Guide and your Smartphone with the EveryTrail mobile app installed. To cover all of the parks, trails, and features, you will need all 4 guides.
* Proper Hiking gear (and food/water) if you plan to hit the trails.
Mountain bike, boat, fishing gear, kayak if you are planning to enjoy all the fun at Ray Roberts Lake State Park.
The beauty and variety of Ray Roberts Lake State Park can be seen everywhere you look. Artists and Photographers often capture the constantly changing beauty of Ray Roberts. The included video slide show (in Guide #1) is a compilation of beautiful photos of Ray Roberts created by exceptional photographers from the Dallas Ft. Worth Area.
The Interpretive Center has lots of reference resources. It is located by the Visitor's Center in the Isle du Bois Unit. It is open on Saturday and Sunday. There is a pond and native plant demonstration gardens. For more information on programs, events and scheduled activities go to the Interpretive Center website.
The Lake Ray Roberts Marina at the Sanger Unit is a full-service marina. They have a repair shop and boat storage; sell and rent boats and motors; sell fuel; and rent boat slips. They also sell fishing licenses, bait, groceries, and deli-snacks. For more information on the Lake Ray Roberts Marina go to their web site at www.rayrobertsmarina.com or call them at 940/458-7343.
Hikers, campers, and other park visitors should be aware of the few venomous snakes native to the area. The two most common venomous snakes in our area are copperheads and cottonmouths (also known as water moccasins). Venomous snake bites are rare and generally happen because someone used poor judgment in footwear or behavior. Open shoes such as flip flops do not provide protection if you step on, or near, a venomous snake. These snakes are often out at night during the summer, so you should always use a flashlight when walking after dark. It is important to stay on marked trails and paths where you are less likely to encounter venomous snakes. Never stick your hands or feet into old logs, under rocks, or into any crevice that a snake might use for shelter. Venomous snakes that consider the park home are going to defend themselves if they feel threatened, so protect yourself by wearing the right shoes and paying close attention to the areas snakes frequent. If you do encounter a snake in or near your campsite, notify a park ranger, park police officer, or park headquarters so that we can properly relocate it.
This self-guided tour is available for download on EveryTrail.com.
Check out our other self-guided trips and Guides in Denton County:
They include the LLELA Nature Center in Lewisville:
* Beaver Pond Kayak Water Trail
* Cicada Trail
* Cottonwood Trail
* Bittern Marsh Trail
* Pioneer House Tour
* Redbud Trail
* Beaver Pond Kayak Water Trail
City of Highland Village
* Wichita Forest Nature Trail
* Wichita Forest Nature Guide
City of Denton
* Cross Timbers Nature Trail
Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Pilot Point
* Guide 1: Park Overview and Lost Pines
* Guide 2: Isle Du Bois State Park
* Guide 3: Greenbelt Corridor
* Guide 4: Johnson Branch State Park
* Guide 5: Dorba Mountain Bike Trails at Ray Roberts
You can take these Trips and Guides on the trail with you! Go to EveryTrail.com for information on how to download the free app to your iPhone or Android smartphone. Once you have downloaded the EveryTrail app, you can download the tours and walk the trail with your phone as your guide.