Lake Ray Roberts Elm Fork Trail

Dallas, Texas

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This hike begins at Old Alton Bridge, named for the small community of Alton, a town created around 1848 when settlers, looking for a steady supply of water, built the community on the banks of Hickory Creek. The town grew to include several homes, a blacksmith, a salon, and hotel and bar, but eventually the county seat was moved to the more central location of Denton. When the area’s water table dropped, making it difficult to build new wells, Alton literally dried up and now little is left of the settlement. What remains is the historic one-lane iron bridge, built in 1884, and the local legend of “Goatman’s Bridge” that draws paranormal investigators and would-be ghost hunters eager to encounter the Goatman Ghost.

Lake Ray Roberts Elm Fork Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This hike begins at Old Alton Bridge, named for the small community of Alton, a town created around 1848 when settlers, looking for a steady supply of water, built the community on the banks of Hickory Creek.

The town grew to include several homes, a blacksmith, a salon, and hotel and bar, but eventually the county seat was moved to the more central location of Denton. When the area’s water table dropped, making it difficult to build new wells, Alton literally dried up and now little is left of the settlement. What remains is the historic one-lane iron bridge, built in 1884, and the local legend of “Goatman’s Bridge” that draws paranormal investigators and would-be ghost hunters eager to encounter the Goatman Ghost."

Activity Type: Birding, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Dallas
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Best Times: Oct through May
Local Maps: Visit www.swf-wc.usace .army.mil/lewisville/images/Elm_ Fork_Pilot_Knoll_Public_Map1.pdf Trail contact: Texas Parks and Recreation, (940) 637-2294 For camping reservations, (512) 389-8900
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake Ray Roberts Elm Fork Trail

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May 2018