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Trail de Paris

February 23rd, 2016 12:36 PM by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP

 

TRAIL de PARIS 

Check Out this Information from the Trail de Paris website I found at http://www.traildeparis.org. This is great for family outings in Paris, TX.
                           

Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. In the heart of Paris, you will find the serenity you seek on the Trail de Paris. The gently curved route cuts a recreational ribbon from 12th SE Street, winding east under a beautiful living canopy of trees over Loop 286 to the Paris city limits.

 
A sense of community has emerged with the addition of the Trail to our area. Newcomers, visitors, and long-time residents of all ages find the Trail de Paris to be a local amenity that promotes recreational, educational, and civic opportunities.
 
It is appealing to those who seek a pleasant, safe place to walk, run, or ride bicycles, and is handicapped accessible. This is Paris and Lamar County’s only non-motorized Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail. Leashed dogs are also permitted on the Trail. The distinct Trail de Paris “Welcome” signs are placed at each of the 6-Trail access points. These Trailheads offer parking and are located north of the Sports Complex Outdoor Pavilion, Noyse Stadium at 24th SE Street, east and west side of Collegiate Drive, behind TCIM and Sears Facilities on Clarksville Road, in back of the PCA Medical Complex on Clarksville Road, and off Old Clarksville Road at the Red River Boys and Girls Club Sports Complex.
 
Going east from 12th SE Street where the Trail currently finds its western most boundary, huge sugarberry trees  shade the Trail as it meanders to 24th SE Street. Here the Trail cuts through the Paris Junior College Campus. Gaze at more than ten varieties of crape myrtles that line the corridor. Look for those that are labeled to learn their names. Established near the center of the corridor is the Butterfly/ Hummingbird Garden that thrills patrons with its floral display in blooming seasons. A nursery of Monarch chrysalises has adorned the monuments located there in the past. This is one of many places on the Trail that offer photographic scenery. Bring your camera.
 
A trail map showing “You Are Here” is displayed on a kiosk near the entrance of the Collegiate Trailhead. Con-tinuing east, cross a Railroad “Hobo” bridge spanning Big Sandy Creek. If it has rained, pause and listen to the rippling water curving its way deeper into the woods. A number of native trees singled out by markers are found along this portion of the Trail. Stop and read the information about them.
 
This section of the Trail is canopied with deciduous trees that display a beautiful foliage scene in the fall and shade in the summer. Smell the honey-suckle and catch a glimpse of fireflies on a summer evening.
Before reaching Loop 286, the Trail crosses two more creeks via refurbished railroad bridges with fabricated safety handrails. Marvel at how PJC students managed to decorate the concrete embankments under Loop 286 with their artistic creativity. In the spring, the bluebonnets and other wildflowers blanket the surrounding area with a colorful palette. You will now traverse over U.S. Highway 271 on a fabricated, wood planked, iron truss bridge that is mesh canopied.
On the other side of the bridge, beautification efforts by a local 4H group of young people are in progress.
Parking at the Boys and Girls Red River Sports Complex is another option for entering or exiting the Trail. The final push east crosses Old Clarksville Road, and through pastoral scenes. Before Key West Rd, the green center stripe ends, marking the Paris city limit with that of Reno. This is the beginning of the Reno Rail Trail that continues on through Airport Road to Reno’s east city limits.
There is also a 1/2-mile Trail spur that connects the 4-mile asphalted main Trail to the City of Paris’s 53-acre Sports Complex and 21-acre Love Civic Center. It
ambles through a 90-acre heavily wooded area and over a successfully relocated and rehabilitated rainbow steel truss bridge spanning Big Sandy Creek that includes a beautiful deck shaded by two Red Oaks.
It is a perfect spot to have a picnic, snack, or to spend some retrospective time surrounded by the sound of rustling leaves, and birds chirping. It continues south to the Sports Complex Trailhead’s lighted parking lot. Families will find the “Born Learning Trail” interactive signs sponsored by the Lamar County United Way along this spur that are helpful in guiding children to engage in new outdoor experiences. This spur also intersects with 2.5-miles of pathways that take the more adventurous patrons deeper into the woods where plant and wildlife may be observed more closely.
Easy-to-see markers indicate every quarter of a mile on the Trail to aid calculating distance covered. Sections of this non-motorized, handicapped accessible Trail are color coded to expedite any emergency response. “Share the Trail” arrows help remind users to stay to the right for two-way traffic. Bicyclists are to pass pedestrians on the left and on approach indicate so verbally. Signage informing users of rules, regulations, and safety issues are also posted. Benches, trash cans and portable toilets are strategically placed along the Trail.
 
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Posted by NE TEXAS REALTY GROUP on February 23rd, 2016 12:36 PM

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