Cottonbelt Trail

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Cottonbelt Trail
Grapevine, Texas

STATUS 4 km (2.5 mi) opened 2000

DESCRIPTION The 16 km (10 mi) long Cottonbelt Trail is a multi-phase, multi-jurisdictional trail that comprises a piece of the Dallas-Fort Worth bicycle trail system called “Veloweb.” A 4 km (2.5 mi) section of the 16 km (10 mi) path has been completed. The track, owned by the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), is leased to a short line company — Fort Worth and Western Railroad — which uses the track for tourist excursions and weekend dinner trips. Freight activity involves two trains per day. Train speeds do not exceed 48 km/h (30 mi/h). Each city involved in the project will own and manage the trail within their respective jurisdiction.

DESIGN The track is adjacent to residential areas and several large open fields. The trail maintains 7.6 m (25 ft) setback from track centerline to the edge of the trail.

PROBLEMS According to the railroad, trespassing is not a problem.

Existing segment of the Cottonbelt Trail along the DART tracks. Grapevine, TX

OTHER Initially, project planners overlooked the fact that part of the trail fell in the railroad right-of-way. Subsequent policy changes by DART allowed for trail use within their right-of-way. The City of Grapevine has a five-year lease, with option for renewal, from DART. Also, because Explorer Pipeline Company has a pipeline under the trail, a special design enables a section of the trail to be lifted during pipeline repairs.

A DART official noted benefits in terms of reduced costs of right-of-way maintenance, now undertaken by the City, but expressed concern about potential liability costs, even with the City assuming liability. A law enforcement official noted the trail’s popularity and anticipated no increase in costs.


  • Trail Measurement: 11.2 Miles
  • Compass Latitude: 32°53'37.5"N
  • Compass Longitude: 97°10'04.0"W
  • Numeric Latitude: 32.893737
  • Numeric Longitude: -97.167780
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