Tale of the Trail
People who enjoy the outdoors, riding horses and/or hiking, care about the environment and helping maintain a trail with other like-minded individuals should consider joining Trinity Trail Preservation Association (TTPA).
“…In 1996 Collin County decided to close the existing horse trail on Lake Lavon unless an organized group was formed within 30 days to take over maintenance of the horse trail. A group of concerned citizens called a public meeting, which was held at the Lucas Community Center, and news of the meeting spread by word-of-mouth. Thus, Trinity Trail Preservation Association was formed in September 1996.” (trinitytrailriders.org)
TTPA will hold their next monthly ride Saturday, January 27, at Brockdale Park Trailhead (Co. Road 967, Wylie 75098 which is a Lucas ETJ – extraterritorial jurisdiction). Tim Baney, TTPA vice president and Lucas council member, said that visitors will find the group to be eclectic and very welcoming. Attendees can enjoy a great meal of chili, cornbread and cobblers made at the trailhead and served at noon. After the meal, the group heads out on the trail. Baney said members enjoy catching up with each other and chat along the trail. Attendees are asked to bring an appetite, a chair and Coggin(s) for your horse.
Duke Monson, TTPA president, describes the 25.5 mile trail as a magnificent blend of hills, open spaces, wooded areas, meadows, water crossings and nice views of Lake Lavon. Monson’s favorite part of the trail is the wooded lowlands with meadows. He informs that the trail is home to the second largest sycamore tree in Texas. He really appreciates the escape from suburban development that Trinity Trail offers. Baney said his favorite part of the trail is the north end because it is more secluded. Regarding equestrian skill level needed for this trail, Monson said that he doesn’t recommend it for beginner riders, but one does not need a lot of experience either.
TTPA is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the Trinity Equestrian and Hiking Trail. An upcoming educational event will cover hiker and rider safety. It will serve as a way to educate both groups of trail users on safety tips when one encounters the other.
One of the responsibilities of the TTPA is keeping the trails wide enough for emergency vehicles to travel. They trim branches, clear felled trees, remove trash, regrade erosion areas and mow the trail. (City of Wylie and Lucas mow the actual trailheads.) Monson and Baney both lament the fact that over the last two years they have noticed a marked increase in vandalism on the trail and at the trailhead.
The trail is open every day sunrise to sunset. One does not need to be a member of TTPA to use the trail. However, if you chose to join (annual membership fee of $35.00), you receive Careflite insurance for your family for the entire year. Membership dues cover maintenance costs, culvert repairs, water at the trailheads and other necessary items.
Monson started riding horses in 1979. He became a member of TTPA in the early 2000’s. Baney started riding horses when he was eight years old, he stopped riding when he was 18. He took a twenty year break, and then was back in the saddle again. He became a member of TTPA within the last six years.
To find out more about TTPA, visit their website trinitytrailriders.org or find them on Facebook.
Photo caption: (left to right) Duke Monson and Tim Baney on the Trinity Trail.