Trails

Campion Trail Usage Soars

City Working to Connect Master-Planned Greenbelt with Regional Trail System

Between March 2020 and March 2021, use of the City of Irving’s Campion Trail system increased by over 300 percent.

In 2019, the City of Irving began placing counters throughout the Campion Trail system. The counters help monitor usage along the trail system. Resident and visitor use of the outdoor trails surged as many indoor gyms and recreational facilities were closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

While trail use is subject to weather conditions, much of Campion is available for recreational use. From cycling to running to roller skating and walking, Campion Trail offers a safe, healthy outdoor workout experience along the Trinity River.

In the future, Campion also will tie-into the Fort Worth to Dallas Regional Trail system, an initiative led by the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Once completed, the 64-mile paved trail will weave through five participating cities: Forth Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving and Dallas.

Connection project updates of the Fort Worth to Dallas Regional Trail system along Campion Trail.  

ROCK ISLAND ROAD BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN TRAIL

The 2.4-mile Rock Island Road Trail between the West Irving DART station and Irby Lane was completed in January. The route includes a 10-foot-wide trail that accommodates bicycle and foot traffic, provides a major east-west pedestrian route, and offers safe and reliable access to light rail service.

DELAWARE CREEK TRAIL: FORT WORTH TO DALLAS CONNECTION

Construction on phase 1 of the Delaware Creek Trail project is now complete. Construction on the project began in February 2020 near Senter Park East.

To ease traffic in the neighboring residential community, access to Delaware Creek Trail is available at the entrance of Senter Park East. Visitors can now access the trail with a seven-space parking lot. The project also includes a pedestrian bridge from the parking lot over Delaware Creek, as well as retaining walls, benches and trash receptacles throughout the project. This project also makes a connection with the trail in Senter Park, along Delaware Creek into Centennial Park.

Phase 2 of the project will run along Nursery Road. The project is expected to go out to bid in late summer or early fall of 2021 and will be complete in late 2022. Once the second phase is built, the nearly 2 miles of trail will tie into Mountain Creek Preserve, past the city’s Hunter Ferrell Landfill. Much of the locale is covered by old growth forest and provides natural, scenic views of Irving.

TRINITY SKYLINE TRAIL CONNECTOR

Campion Trail will tie into the Trinity Skyline Trail at Trinity View Park. The Irving connection to the system is currently under construction and is slated for completion in the summer. Six miles of Campion Trail at Trinity View Park will tie into Skyline Trail and go to the Trinity Groves area of Dallas. This section will tie the Heritage District, south Irving and Grand Prairie to Dallas. Once complete in 2024, it will tie Las Colinas, Valley Ranch, Coppell and Farmers Branch to the Skyline Trail and into downtown Dallas.

COMING SOON: CAMPION CONNECTOR

Campion Trail, a 21-mile master planned greenbelt along the Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River runs from Interstate-635 in north Irving to Hunter Ferrell Road in the southern portion of the city.

Currently, 15.1 miles of Campion have been completed—6.65 miles in the south and 8.5 miles in the north. 

Design is underway on the connector project, and the City of Irving anticipates it will be completed in two phases. The first phase will be built from River Hills to Frasier Dam in Dallas. The second phase will include two pedestrian bridges that cross from Irving over the Trinity River into Dallas. The projects are expected to go out for bid in late 2021 and 2022. 

The entire trail is slated for completion in 2024.

Visit Investing in our Future for more information on the city’s ongoing infrastructure initiative.