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Trails Information for Johnson Branch

Get back to nature at Johnson Branch Unit!

drawing of fish
Largemouth Bass

Just a short drive from the metroplex, Johnson Branch is a great place to escape the bustle of the city, without spending hours in the car! Whether you hike, bike, fish, or boat, Johnson Branch has something for everyone.

Trails

All trails allow hiking and biking unless otherwise indicated.

This list may not include all trails in the park.

Trail Distance Difficulty Description
Dogwood Canyon Trail 2.6 mi. (one-way) Moderate This primitive path winds through the Crosstimbers and pockets of native prairie, providing a variety of views. Note: No water is available along this trail.
Kid Fish Pond Trail 0.5 mi. Easy Take a relaxing stroll around the Kid Fish Pond. Bring your pole, and wet a line when you finish your hike!
Concrete Trail 3.9 mi. Easy This paved trail is great for families of all ages! Pick this trail up from nearly any camping loop, and start your adventure!
DORBA Trail - Red/Yellow Loops 8.8 mi. Challenging Named for the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, six consecutive trails were built by mountain bikers. Intense riding crisscrosses prairies and timber lands alike. (Note: Red Loop is EXPERT only)
DORBA Trail - Green Loop 4.9 mi. Moderate One of the easier loops on this trail; you can access it from either the pink/orange loops or via the Dogwood Canyon Trail.
DORBA Trail - Pink/Orange Loops 3.1 mi. Moderate The second and third loops of the DORBA Trail. Look for some beautiful views along this trail.
DORBA Trail - Blue Loop 1.1 mi. Moderate The shortest of our DORBA Trail loops. Perfect for beginners, or as a warm-up.
List of trails

Points of Interest

GPS coordinates shown in decimal degrees.

Point Latitude Longitude Description
Reflection Bench 33.4273° -97.0600° No photo available Relax, and sit a moment. This bench is a quiet place to enjoy the tranquility of the Crosstimbers forest. Listen for songbirds singing, and maybe spot a wild turkey!
DORBA Trailhead 33.4229° -97.0546° View from the DORBA Trailhead From here, you can begin your hike (or ride) through nearly 9 miles of Eastern Crosstimbers and small prairie pockets.
Corral 33.4147° -97.0457° View of the corral For many generations, the Jones family used this corral to keep their farm animals safe. What's your favorite farm animal?
Kid Fish Pond 33.4103° -97.0487° View of Kid Fish Pond Wet a line and try your hand at our Kid Fish Pond. Whether it's rainbow trout, channel catfish, or bluegill, something is always biting!
Wolf Island View 33.4084° -97.0439° View of Wolf Island  Come down to the point, and take in the scene. See Wolf Island, Ray Roberts Dam, and panoramic views of the lake all from one spot.
List of points of interest

Staying Safe

  • Know your limits. Prepare for sun and heat. Wear sunscreen, insect repellent and appropriate clothing/hiking shoes.
  • Drink plenty of water. Your body quickly loses fluids when you’re on the trail. Bring a quart of water per hour of activity.
  • Tell others where you’ll be. If possible, avoid exploring alone. Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Wear a helmet. When mountain biking, check with park HQ to match the trail to your skill level. Wear a helmet to protect yourself in case of a crash.
  • Check for trail closures. Certain trails may be closed during prescribed burns, inclement weather, or for other resource management work.
  • Potentially harmful plants and animals live here. You’ll see them more easily if you stay on trails.

Trail Etiquette

  • Trash your trash. Pack out all of your trash and Leave No Trace.
  • Leave feeding to nature. Feeding wild animals will make them sick. Please do not feed them.
  • Take only memories and pictures. Please don’t disturb or remove any of the park’s plants, animals, rocks, or artifacts.
  • Keep pets on leashes for their safety, and to protect wildlife.