Perfectly situated on along the banks of the Trinity River, Irving, Texas is a vibrant green city waiting to be explored. Irving’s Campion Trails is one of the crown jewels of the area’s park system and is the best place to start any outdoor journey.
Campion Trails is a scenic, 22-mile greenbelt along the Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River. It features expansive river views and a offers a variety of nature, from birds and snakes to flowers, trees, and shrubs. While most of the trails are open and accessible, additional trail segments are built each year so there’s always something new to explore. Maps are conveniently placed along the trails, making it easy to get around and explore different corners of the park.
All of the paths are paved along Campion Trails, which means easy hiking or biking no matter the weather. Cyclists love Campion Trails because the concrete paths are wide and flat, ideal for an outing by bike. Families will enjoy that the trails are easy for all levels of hikers and bikers, making it accessible for any age to enjoy a day of exploring the park’s lush green spaces. And of course, don’t forget your pup! All dogs on a leash are welcome.
The longer northern section of the park follows the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and is a popular commuting route and activity space. The trail begins in the Valley Ranch community at Sam Houston Trail Park, and travels south from there to Las Colinas. The southern section of the park follows the West Fork of the Trinity River. Here, you'll find drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic shelters, grills, and athletic fields. Additional amenities can be found along the way at Twin Wells Park and Mountain Creek Preserve.
As you explore all that Campion Trails has to offer, be sure to stop at California Crossing Park, which is dedicated to the early travelers who crossed the Trinity River in this area. The park spans 30 acres of breathtaking parkland and water views for a picturesque spot to rest during your active day. Be sure to pack a picnic and take the time to enjoy this lovely green spot along the trail.
Due to its size, there are many ways to access these beautiful trails. Whether you’re on foot or in a car, you can enter this master-planned trail at different points. If you’re coming from the north, you can park and start your exploration at the facilities at Sam Houston Trail Park. Alternately, park at Keenan Crossing Trail Park or Trinity View Park, if you’re heading up from the south. For more information, contact the friendly staff at Irving Parks and Recreation at (972) 721-2501.