Three sections of the trail lie in Plano, from the city's center out to Legacy Drive almost 6 miles away, passing through parks and following the Chisholm Trail Greenbelt. The Greenbelt features sports fields and playgrounds, but it's the hiking that excites the fur-baby jauntily trotting by your side! There's a lot to see, sniff and hear as you pass over creeks and through city and community parks. The trailheads can be found at Harrington Park and Jack Carter Park, where there is ample free parking. Water is also available at the trailheads, within the parks the trail passes through, and in many spots along the trail. Be sure to bring a bowl for your pup, and clean up bags.
The Chisholm follows Spring Creek closely with paths on both sides of the trail, and you're invited to notice the water denizens such as herons and ducks as you and your furry bestie pass by. Trees, wildflowers and occasionally urban terrain accompany you during your trek.
The trail's 1.9-mile southernmost section stretches from 15th Street to Parker Road through the South Central Community Park, and the trail continues to travel north and west from there through Big Lake Park for 1.7 miles. Here you'll find a picnic shelter and water, and end at West Spring Creek Parkway. The third section ends at Legacy Drive and features a picnic pavilion and a shelter, and as it passes through Jack Carter Park, you may want to take advantage of the park's dog park to give you a rest and your pupper a chance to socialize and play! The major road crossings are conveniently dug under the highways for safety and better traffic flow - good job, Plano!
If you're a Plano resident who hasn't tried the Chisholm Trail with your dog-pal, or a visitor, this is a must-do hike that brings history together with a barktiful, scenic landscape!